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Biodiversity Net Gain – what are the key features?

The government is to introduce a requirement for development to deliver 'biodiversity net gain'. Here is an overview for local authorities, landowners and developers

05 September 2019

Proposals for permitted development rights to support 5G rollout

Industry operators, local authorities and landowners: we highlight government’s proposals in its consultation on permitted development rights to support the 5G roll out

05 September 2019

Development plans and trigger events prevent registration of land as Town or Village Green

For landowners and developers, we consider the range of qualifying factors (or trigger events) that can apply to prevent an application to register a town or village green under the Commons Act 2006
17 July 2019

Update on agricultural occupancy conditions

Agricultural occupancy conditions are important considerations for landowners, their agents and developers of rural dwellings

16 July 2019

Education Contributions for Housing – New Guidance from the Department for Education

In April 2019, the Department for Education published guidance notes on education contributions in housing developments. This article summarises the key points for developers and local authorities
21 May 2019

Caution for new, noise-sensitive developments

Recent case law highlights how the agent of change principle, in the revised NPPF, may be applied in challenging planning decisions. We outline the key points from the cases
26 April 2019

Failure to serve a CIL notice: recent lessons learned from the High Court

In a recent ruling, a self-builder had to face the significant financial consequences of failing to serve a CIL commencement notice. We look at the facts and findings of the case.
24 January 2019

Pre-commencement conditions: when do you need written consent?

Since 1 October 2018, planning permission for the development of land may not be granted subject to pre-commencement conditions without agreement of the applicant.
31 October 2018

S106 agreements: helpful guidance from courts

Two recent court judgments remind local authorities, developers and landowners of key principles when drafting and entering s106 agreements.
17 September 2018

NPPF 2018: a new approach to viability

Updated planning practice guidance on viability published on 24 July is a significant shift from the previous guidance. We highlight the key points for local authorities, developers and landowners.
31 July 2018

NPPF 2018: how does the published Framework differ from the draft?

The government published the revised National Planning Policy Framework on 24 July 2018. Here we highlight key changes made since the draft was consulted upon in the spring.
31 July 2018

Highway maintenance and obstruction: liability of adjacent landowners

A recent decision by the Court of Appeal considers whether adjacent landowners owe a duty of care to highway users.
26 June 2018
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