9 January 2017 | Planning Policy Updates
The Government has announced its support for 14 new garden villages in addition to 3 new garden towns.
4 January 2017 | Planning Policy Updates
On 12th December 2016, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DGLC) issued a written Ministerial Statement (WMS) that significantly changed the weight to be given to Neighbourhood Plans (NP).
12 September 2016 | Planning Policy Updates
25 May 2016 | Planning Policy Updates
The Housing and Planning Act gained Royal Ascent on 12th May 2016. One of the main objectives of the Act is to increase the number of newly built homes and improve the overall affordability of home ownership, mainly for first-time buyers. In order to meet this objective a number of changes have been put into place which incorporate the following;
6 April 2016 | Planning Policy Updates
Following the regulations laid before Parliament last month, the first amendment to the 2015 General Permitted Development Order, with new and amended permitted development rights (PDRs), came into force on 6th April 2016.
21 March 2016 | Planning Policy Updates
The Budget 2016 details measures to ‘streamline’ the planning system - including a move to zonal planning ? in an attempt to deliver 400,000 affordable housing starts by 2020-21.
Delivering the Budget 2016 (16 March), chancellor George Osborne said “measures to speed up the planning system” would be introduced by the government, while the green belt will continue to be protected.
Permanent office to residential rights confirmed and a temporary right for the change of use of light industry to residential will also be created
17 March 2016 | Planning Policy Updates
In regulations laid before Parliament last week, the government confirmed that the permitted development right to change from office to residential, which were introduced on a temporary basis in May 2013, will be made permanent on 6th April 2016.
23 February 2016 | Planning Policy Updates
The DCLG is seeking views on many of the details of implementing the Housing and Planning Bill, in addition to more proposed changes to the English Planning system. The Housing and Planning Bill is a lengthy document however the 10 main themes are as follows...
Secretary of State throws out unique development for new housing in the Forest of Dean despite substantive benefits being brought forward by the appellant.
4 January 2016 | Planning Policy Updates
The Secretary of State has snubbed a proposal to build 200 new homes in the Lydney despite the scheme being able to deliver a very unique and locally designed content of much needed housing and community facilities. The development would have provided a neighbourhood of selfbuild houses, a new community centre, new public open space and desperately needed affordable homes.
30 November 2015 | Planning Policy Updates
The Chancellor George Osbourne delivered his 2015 Spending Review and Autumn Statement on 25th November.