Planning Law

I’ve been served with a section 215 notice, what do I need to do?

These notices are part of the provisions contained in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, and give a local planning authority (LPA) power in certain circumstances to require that land or buildings are cleaned up or repaired if they consider their condition adversely affects the amenity of the a....

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How do Section 278 Agreements work?

Highway infrastructure is often a critical component of any proposed new housing development, and these agreements, which form part of the Highways Act 1980, are used to make changes to an existing public highway. The need for highway agreements is often identified within a Section 106 Agreement o....

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The Raynsford Review of Planning – is a radical new planning system on the horizon?

June saw the publication of the interim report from former Labour Housing and Planning Minister Nick Raynsford’s planning review. He has had some forthright things to say about the state of planning in England, talking of “deeply demoralised” staff who work in a system where “there’s an ov....

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Neighbourhood plans v housing – site selection issues in Theydon Bois

The Localism Act 2011 gave communities an unprecedented opportunity to have their say about future development in their local area, allowing them to play a part in selecting sites for housing development. These proposals are then incorporated into a local plan. Much has changed since 2011; the UK....

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How the findings of the Letwin review highlighted key issues and dispelled market myths

Originally announced in last year’s Autumn Budget, late June saw the publication of the findings of a review undertaken by Sir Oliver Letwin into why hundreds of thousands of homes have yet to be built despite having planning permission. It was conducted in two phases, with Phase One involving ....

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Newsletter – Summer 2018 – Town and Country Planning

The latest edition of our Town and Country Planning Summer Newsletter has been released today. Please click on the link to view. https://attwatersjamesonhill.co.uk/eshot/attwaters-summer-newsletter.pdf                  ....

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Government consultation unveiled into banning use of combustible cladding materials

In recent days, an important consultation has been opened by the UK Housing Secretary which will look into banning the use of ‘combustible’ cladding materials on high-rise residential buildings. The consultation, which comes little over a year on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy, sets out to e....

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New powers for councils could deliver “tens of thousands of new homes”

Important new powers granted to local authorities could enable them to deliver “tens of thousands of new homes” in the near future, the Government has said. The comments come after Housing Minister Dominic Raab unveiled a series of new powers for councils, which will enable them to apply to s....

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NPPF should not impose ‘undeliverable’ housing targets on councils

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) must not impose ‘undeliverable’ housing targets on local councils, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned. In a letter in response to the Government’s NPPF consultation penned in recent days, the LGA has voiced concerns over the NPPF....

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Calls for new authority to oversee fire safety risk of HRRBs

A new joint competent authority (JCA) should be set up to oversee the fire safety and other risks associated with buildings more than 10 storeys in height, it has been said. The comments feature in Dame Judith Hackitt’s final report into fire safety for high-risk residential buildings (HRRBs), ....

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“Vital” changes needed to NPPF, groups claim

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires a number of “vital” improvements in order to be to truly fit for purpose, a number of organisations have said. In a joint letter penned to the Government, planning professionals, transport authorities, charities and various other groups h....

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Access to transport suffers as only half of new homes are built near to a train station

Only half of the new homes being built in England’s fastest growing cities are sited within 2km of a train station. That is according to a recently published report. The Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) study looks at the locations for new homes in cities such as Leeds, Newcastle and Br....

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Concerns that permitted development rules are producing ‘poor quality’ residential homes

In recent days, fresh concerns have been raised that permitted development rules are having a negative effect on Britain’s housing market by encouraging too many ‘poor quality’ office-to-residential conversions which are not properly overseen by planners. Under the rules governing permitted....

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“Fresh thinking” needed on Green Belt policy

A briefing document published by the Landscape Institute in recent days has called for “fresh thinking” on the UK’s Green Belt policy, amid concerns that existing laws are too vague and fail to address a number of important environmental issues. Towards the end of April, the Institute laid ....

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Consultation unveiled on proposed new cladding rules

Prior to his appointment as Home Secretary on Monday 30 April 2018, former Housing Secretary Sajid Javid unveiled an important consultation on new proposals to improve fire and safety testing on cladding systems installed on residential buildings. It is expected that the consultation, which comes....

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LGA voices concerns over permitted development changes for rural communities

In recent days, Housing Minister Dominic Raab has unveiled important changes to permitted development rights affecting home and land owners who live in rural areas. Previously, farm owners were able to convert existing agricultural buildings into a maximum of three houses without seeking planning....

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Important new leasehold changes could affect property developers

Property developers who are dependent on payments from leases to bolster their operations could be adversely affected by leasehold changes which appeared in the Government’s Housing White Paper in February. Currently, there are an estimated four million residential leasehold properties in the U....

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When nature fights back against development

When developers are looking to break ground on a new site, as part of the planning process, they are often required to conduct an environmental review of the site to ensure protected species are not present. Now pop star Ed Sheeran has been caught out in this process as his plans to construct a w....

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PM unveils plans to “rewrite the rules” on planning law

In recent days, Prime Minister Theresa May has unveiled Government proposals to “rewrite the rules” on planning law in a bid to try and solve the UK’s so-called housing crisis. In a speech delivered in London on Monday 5 March 2018, Mrs May said that the Government would work to restore the....

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423,000 homes with planning permission approved are still waiting to be built, research reveals

Research published by the Local Government Association (LGA) in recent days has revealed that the UK has a backlog of more than 423,000 new homes with pre-approved planning permission that are still waiting to be built. The LGA’s report suggests that this ‘backlog’ has grown by almost 16 pe....

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