Do the latest planning changes embrace sustainability?

Apex planning sustainability

The planning White Paper ‘Planning for the Future’ covered a lot of ground when it came to bringing the planning industry into the 21st century, but does it do enough to address the issue of sustainability? Sustainability should be a major part of the planning process across the UK – after all, it has been…

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Retail to Residential: A Golden Opportunity?

Apex retail to residential

In towns and cities across the UK, retail units are sitting empty. Meanwhile, the demand for affordable housing continues to grow. Do changes to Permitted Development Rights provide a golden opportunity for developers to profitably address both issues? Changes to Permitted Development Rights Repurposing Class E (retail, commercial and office) space into Class C3 (residential)…

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How Covid has changed the rules for garden offices

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The rise in workers needing an office space at home has pushed the case for garden offices to be allowed through permitted development… Demand for Garden Buildings Over the past 18 months the world of working from home has been opened to a wider proportion of the population than ever before. As last spring’s lockdown…

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Autumn debut for planning bill

Apex New Planning Bill

Following the publication of the white paper ‘Planning for the Future’ last summer, planning developments look likely to move forward as the Planning Bill has been brought forward to this autumn… New Planning Bill There are changes ahead – and sooner than we thought – as it looks likely that the planning bill that is…

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The highs and lows of the new Permitted Development Rights

Apex Permitted Development Rights

Changes in existing Permitted Development Rights will make it easier to extend homes to create new dwellings, and maybe even help to revitalise the high street without miles of red tape, but the changes have also raised some concerns… Permitted Development Rights Permitted Development Rights (PDR) allow property owners and developers to carry out certain…

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Looking good – a new national design code

National Design Code

Beauty and placemaking are the focus of proposed changes to the NPPF and a draft national design code Tree-lined streets are just one of the changes we can expect to see on new developments in the future if the government’s draft proposals pan out. Following the publication of the Planning White Paper Planning for the…

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2020 – A Year in Planning

Apex Planning Review 2020

2020 was quite a year to say the least. We take a look at how the planning world has responded to the pandemic and how it is looking to the future… Quarter One 2020 Take yourself back to almost a year ago. Back in February 2020, we were hearing tales of a terrible virus in…

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The need for speed in planning

Apex Planning process

The latest consultation looks at speeding up the planning process and making it more flexible, but will the proposed moves make much of a difference? It’s all change (again!) for the planning process, but is this a good or bad thing? Following on from the white paper that we have considered over the past few…

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How technology could change the planning system

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In our latest article looking at the Government’s planning white paper, we consider how technology and digital communication could improve the system… Technology and digital communication has certainly shown its worth since March 2020, as more meetings and processes have gone online in a bid to keep things running as smoothly as possible while the…

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