Brexit – and the future of the construction industry

25th February 2019

As the Brexit deadline looms ever nearer, but with no proper conclusion in sight, we look at what effect the UK leaving Europe may have on construction… The housing market With the level of uncertainty, it is true that there has been a slowdown in the housing market recently, however estate agents and surveyors continue…

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Planning and architecture

A Year of Change

24th January 2019

  We look back at the changes 2018 has brought to the planning arena, and look into our crystal ball to consider what may happen in 2019…   2018 a year in retrospect This time last year, we saw a new housing and planning minister in the shape of Dominic Raab. He wasn’t to be…

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Planning Consultancy Successes

A successful year – when using a planning consultancy saves the day

20th December 2018

It’s been a busy 12 months – these are just some of the clients we have helped to a successful outcome with planning permissions and appeals over the past year. Planning appeal – Housing Outline application for up to four houses on the edge of a hamlet in Milton Keynes. The Council refused permission on…

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Planning enforcement

Planning enforcement – a simple guide

10th November 2018

  We conclude our 2018 series of simple guides to the labyrinth of planning procedures, with a focus on the subject of planning enforcement…   What is planning enforcement? If any development happens without planning permission or one fails to comply with the requirements of a planning condition, the local planning authority can use its…

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Planning Permission

Planning Conditions – A Guide

24th October 2018

  We continue our series of blogs covering the ins and out of planning applications. This month, we look at planning conditions…   Not all planning permission is given automatically. Some applications will be granted permission, but with several conditions attached. Here, we answer some common questions about planning conditions: I have planning permission, but…

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Conservation Areas

Planning in Conservation Areas and Listed Buildings

26th September 2018

  Our guide to what is special about these areas, and what you need to consider when planning to buy, extend or build there…   What is a Conservation Area? First of all, let’s examine what a conservation area actually is: Conservation Areas are designated to protect any special historic or architectural interest – and…

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Planning Permission Development

Do I always need Planning Permission?

14th August 2018

We continue our easy-to-follow guide to applying for planning permission for development…     Do I always need planning permission for a development? Not always no. It is possible to carry out some types of work without having to apply for permission. This is where you use ‘permitted development rights’, which are conferred by The…

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Planning Permission

How Does Planning Permission Work?

16th July 2018

Planning an extension or business project, but baffled by the complexities of the planning requirements? Follow our easy guide… Planning permission is there to ensure that inappropriate development does not take place. It applies to everything from extensions to residential homes, change of use for business properties right up to new housing, leisure, industrial, commercial,…

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Everything will become clear this summer with the new NPPF

28th June 2018

The planning world is awaiting the publication of the revised National Planning Policy Framework with bated breath… Did you submit a response to the consultation draft NPPF? Then look to the end of July, when the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), is expected to be published, to see if the Government listened to you.…

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The butterfly effect of government changes

23rd May 2018

Planning and development will be affected by a number of recent political moves… Recent changes within the Government could have seismic consequences, even when they appear at first to be seemingly unrelated to planning and development. For instance, after Sajid Javid’s promotion to Home Secretary we have a new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities…

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