We are delighted to confirm that HPP's entry Planning Matters Forums has been selected as a finalist for the Employer Award for Excellence for the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2015 #rtpiawards. The winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony held on Monday 6 July 2015 at the Pullman London St Pancras, hosted by The Rt Hon Nick Raynsford, the chair of our judges.
On 27th March, the candidates for all the political parties met together at the Queens Hotel sponsored by HPP, Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce and Cotswold BMW, to hold a debate. The speakers included;
Martin Horwood (Lib Dem), Alex Chalk (Conservative), Christina Simmonds (UKIP), Richard Lupson Darnell (Independent), Simon Pickering (Green Councillor as the Green Party Candidate unable to attend) Ruth Dooley (Accountant and Partner at Hazelwoods) , Peter Goatley (Barrister, No 5 Chambers). Paul Fong (MD HPP) chaired the event.
After 20 years, the Government laid the Town and County Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 before Parliament on 25th March 2015; it updates and will replace the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 and its 22 amendments from 15th April onwards in England.
The latest Planning Matters Forum (PMF) held on 3rd March and entitled 'Good Conduct at a Public Inquiry' was very informative and thought provoking. The speakers included a Planning Inspector (James Ellis) and a Senior Barrister specialising in planning from No 5 Chambers (Hugh Richards).
In January, Paul wrote to Boris drawing his attention to Jaguar Land Rover's 'Bike Sense' research. All those who know Paul are also aware of Paul's passion for cycling. Bike Sense is Jaguar's new technology that alerts the driver to unseen hazards using LED lights, bike bell sounds and even a tap on the shoulder.
Housing and Planning Minister, Brandon Lewis, gave a statement to Parliament on 20th March 2015 confirming the recent actions that the coalition government is undertaking on housing for the elderly. These actions included strengthening planning guidance to \"reinforce [the government?s] expectation\" that councils would assess and plan to meet the diverse housing needs of older people.
On 06/04/2015 an amendment to the General Permitted Development (Amendment) (England) Order 2015 relating to the change of use of drinking establishments (Class A4) will be brought into force. The objective of this amendment is to prevent the loss of such establishments, which provide benefit to local communities.
HPP wishes to extend a warm welcome to our newest recruit Adam White. Adam who joins us from Tewkesbury Borough Council, previously worked with Bovis Homes. He brings along a wealth of experience obtained in Development Control, having worked on schemes such as the large residential development within Winchcombe, a new Leisure Centre and hospital in Tewkesbury.
New guidance clarifying rules on permitted development rights for agricultural buildings has been added to the Planning Practice Guidance
A new page on \"Permitted development rights for the change of use of agricultural buildings\" has been added to the section on \"When is permission required?\" This sets out to clarify when agricultural buildings can be converted under permitted development rights, and, for this purpose, defines flexible, educational or residential use classes. The new page contains ten paragraphs:
On 25th February 2015 HPP held a public exhibition regarding the proposed redevelopment of the former Maryland Convent, Townsend Drive, St Albans for a 63 bed care home and 29 assisted living units. If you would like to view the display boards presented at the exhibition please follow the below link, which also includes a comment form to fill in if you would like to make any observations on the proposals. A further public consultation will be undertaken in April which will be advertised in due course.