Affordable Housing

Starter Homes and Affordable Housing

15th June 2016

Further to our blog last month, another hot topic in the debate that led to the recent Housing and Planning Act 2016 was starter homes, ie, houses that are to be sold at prices at least 20% below market value and aimed at first-time buyers under the age of 40. To be honest, we’re not…

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Housing and Planning Ping Pong

Playing ball with the Housing and Planning Bill

26th May 2016

A game of ping pong has been played with the Housing and Planning Bill between the House of Commons and the House of Lords in recent weeks, as the bill has gone back and forth being amended. This, of course, has caused a lot of anxiety as all this to-and and fro-ing has seriously delayed…

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Bounce (MK)

Jumping for Joy in Peterborough

20th April 2016

Apex Planning Consultants was really pleased to help the UK’s first indoor trampoline park gain planning permission in Milton Keynes – and Bounce (MK) is now a very successful leisure business, situated opposite the Stadium:MK development. So we were delighted when the same client asked us to help them prepare a planning application for a…

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Sursham Tompkins & Partners

Persistence Pays Off in the World of Planning

29th March 2016

Often when clients come to us they have spent a long time – sometimes years – trying to get planning permission. Once Apex Planning Consultants get involved, we can draw on our many years of experience in the planning world to achieve what has previously seemed achievable. Take, for instance, a client of ours who…

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High Court Decision and Rural Areas

25th February 2016

What does the recent High Court decision mean for rural areas? The recent High Court decision (Dartford Borough Council v Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government) has held that the definition of ‘previously developed land’ (also known as brownfield land) within Annex 2 of the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) excludes residential…

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Affordable Housing

A Great Start To The New Year

29th January 2016

2016 certainly appears to have got off to a good start – with the announcement from David Cameron that the Government has promised to directly commission the building of homes on publicly owned land. This, he said, would lead to quality homes – many of which would involve smaller building companies – being built at…

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Affordable Housing

Development of Affordable Homes in London

15th December 2015

Islington Borough Council has been buoyed by Government comments after it raised the issue of land prices for land where new homes are to be developed. The problem is that because of London’s spiralling land prices, developers claim that they cannot put the required amount of affordable homes into a development, because their initial costs…

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Planning and Housing Bill

A Matter of Principle – the truth behind the New Planning and Housing Bill

27th November 2015

A recent article in The Telegraph claims that rural campaigners fear that inappropriate developments will be forced upon communities thanks to the new Planning and Housing Bill. It states that automatic planning permission (‘planning in principle’) will be given to tens of thousands of new homes in Greenfield areas, and suggests that ministers have allowed…

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Housing and Planning Bill – an Update

28th October 2015

During October, the government made a number of announcements alongside the new Housing and Planning Bill – all aiming to achieve the government’s ambition of creating one million homes by 2020.  Some of the measures being put in place to achieve this goal will create very interesting opportunities for developers! From temporary to permanent The…

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Apex Planning Appeals

The Wheatcroft Principle

30th September 2015

The process of making planning applications, and appealing against unfavourable decisions can be both time-consuming and costly.  So, anything that can make the whole procedure easier and quicker is to be embraced. The Wheatcroft Principle is one such nugget of wisdom! At Apex Planning Consultants, we work hard to try to get applications through first…

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