National Design Code

Looking good – a new national design code

19th February 2021

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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Apex Planning Review 2020

2020 – A Year in Planning

29th January 2021

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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Apex Planning process

The need for speed in planning

16th December 2020

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

24th November 2020

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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Apex Planning White Paper Pillar 3

Developer Levy Changes on the Cards

31st October 2020

We take a final look at the Government’s planning white paper, this time focusing on Pillar Three – planning for infrastructure and connected places… This month we focus on Pillar Three of the government’s planning White Paper, which looks at planning for infrastructure and connected places. If you’ve been reading our monthly blog, you’ll remember…

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Looking good – planning White Paper focuses on beautiful developments

28th September 2020

This month we focus on Pillar Two of the government’s planning White Paper, which looks at creating communities and sustainable homes… If you’re keeping up with our monthly blog, you’ll know that in August we explored the bones of the government’s lengthy White Paper entitled Planning for the Future. However, there’s a lot more to…

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Planning for the future

26th August 2020

The UK government’s plans for planning and building place ‘beautiful homes with communities’ is at the core of the new system… This month (August) sees the government consulting on its ‘Planning for the Future’ White Paper, which as we reported last month, aims to overhaul what is an outdated planning system. It sets out 24…

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PM’s Build, Build, Build plans open up possibilities

20th July 2020

As the government announces a raft of new permitted development rights, it will be interesting to see how lockdown could change the face of property development… At the beginning of this month, Boris Johnson made his ‘Build, Build, Build’ announcement, which Number 10 claimed represented the “most radical reforms to our planning system since the…

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Improve Don’t Move

26th June 2020

The COVID-19 lockdown will have made many homeowners realise that they lack space, but with uncertainty about the economy, it could be wise to improve your home, rather than moving. We look at the planning considerations you will need to take into account… After two months of having the whole family at home, with kids…

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The impact of COVID-19 on planning

20th May 2020

The current crisis continues to affect the planning arena and concerns have been raised about digital inquiries and reviews… As time goes on, and lockdown continues, there’s a number of vital areas that need to be addressed if the planning process is to continue and local authorities are not to be left with vast backlogs…

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