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

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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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The Budget and Planning Reforms

Home plan

Planning, housing and developers got a double boost with the 2020 Budget, followed by the announcement of a long list of planning reforms… The spring 2020 Budget gave some good news to house builders (and goodness knows everyone needs some good news at the moment!). The Chancellor, in his debut Budget, promised that the government…

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Walk on the wild side – planning for wildlife

Apex Planning for Wildlife

New planning guidance encourages developers to consider the smallest of local residents in its plans, as new rules recommend ways to help local wildlife… Hedgehog highways, frog bridges and even bat bridges – these are the considerations developers are being called to look at if they want to lessen the impact on local wildlife. Former…

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A Year of Change

Planning and architecture

  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 Conditions – A Guide

Planning Permission

  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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Everything will become clear this summer with the new NPPF

NPPF

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

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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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Housing Provision for the Elderly

Elderly couple

Care needs to be taken to ensure there are residences for older residents – and it is a particular issue for retiring farmers… We have heard that the Communities and Local Government Committee (CLGC) has called for a review of the provision of housing for older people. Over past years, the number of bungalows being…

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