Apex Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Does my giant inflatable Santa need planning permission?

16th December 2021

Tis the season to deck the halls – but what about your front garden? Have you planned an over-the-top display with thousands of lights and giant, inflatable snowmen and Santas? We take time out with a mince pie and a hot chocolate to consider the planning implications… Outdoor Christmas Decorations A few years ago, a…

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From Agriculture to Sports Cars

22nd November 2021

Planning is about so much more than buildings. This latest project will see a fantastic new sports car roll off the assembly line. Learn how our driving force got the plans through… New Endeavour When we were approached by a new company that planned to assemble a new sports car from within former agricultural buildings,…

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Is buying land a good investment?

27th October 2021

Finding the ideal plot and building your own home can be worthwhile, but make sure you understand the planning implications before you go ahead Buying land to build a home Buying land can seem the answer to finding the ideal place to live. Land can sometimes be bought for a very reasonable price, and you…

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Apex Sustainable home

Planning for a sustainable home

30th September 2021

Looking at making your existing or future home sustainable and eco-friendly? There are some planning issues you will need to consider… Developing with sustainability in mind Last month we looked at whether the latest planning guidelines – outlined in the latest white paper ‘Planning for the Future’ – really did enough to encourage a sustainable…

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Apex planning sustainability

Do the latest planning changes embrace sustainability?

23rd August 2021

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? Sustainable planning Sustainability should be a major part of the planning process across the UK – after all, it…

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Apex retail to residential

Retail to Residential: A Golden Opportunity?

21st July 2021

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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Apex Garden Office

How Covid has changed the rules for garden offices

25th June 2021

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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Apex New Planning Bill

Autumn debut for planning bill

25th May 2021

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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Apex High Street

Permitted development changes – another nail in the coffin for the High Street?

28th April 2021

We turn our attention once more to permitted developments, as yet more change could give the green light to homes on the High Street… Class E Properties Permitted development rights have seen quite a shake up over the past few months, much of which we have covered before but there’s another raft of changes that…

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Apex Permitted Development Rights

The highs and lows of the new Permitted Development Rights

29th March 2021

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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