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Permission in principle applications for small-scale residential development

A procedure enabling applications for permissions in principle for small-scale residential development is due to apply from 1 June 2018. Here is an overview for local authorities and developers.
23 January 2018

Is there a general duty to give reasons when granting planning permission?

There is no general statutory requirement to give reasons when granting planning permission, but a statement of reasons may now be required by common law. We look at the key points for practitioners.
08 December 2017

A guide to garden cities, towns and villages

An overview of garden cities for local authority officers, landowners, developers and planning consultants. We look at what garden cities are, the key principles and the legal considerations.
27 November 2017

Autumn Budget 2017: what are the implications for planning and CPO?

We consider the potential impacts of the autumn budget for planning and development, including measures related to housing, the community infrastructure levy and further reform of the planning system.
24 November 2017

Industrial to residential permitted development right: what is the impact?

A new permitted development right came into force on 1 October 2017. The new right (Class PA) allows owners to change light industrial units to residential dwellings without planning permission.
26 October 2017

Permission in principle for brownfield sites: what are the key points?

Government guidance on permissions in principle for brownfield sites was published on 28 July and further guidance on 10 October. We look at the key points for local authorities and developers.
24 October 2017

Town or village green applications: how many times can a defective application be amended?

Village green applications pose catastrophic risk to development sites. The courts have recently ruled that applicants can repeatedly correct defective applications well past the application deadline.
17 October 2017

How does the government propose to plan for the right homes in the right places?

The 'Planning for the right homes in the right places' consultation closes on 9 November. Here are the headlines for developers, landowners and local authorities.
17 October 2017

Planning enforcement action: are stricter controls being imposed?

If planning permission is not obtained (intentionally or as an oversight), the local planning authority can take enforcement action. The most commonly used power is a planning enforcement notice.
10 October 2017

Viability assessments and benchmark land values

The Planning Inspectorate has considered the correct approach to determining benchmark land values for viability assessments.
15 September 2017

Special protection for retail premises in London?

Over the last year, there has been a noticeable change in the protection offered to retail premises in London. We provide a summary of the key changes to the planning regime and their impact.
03 August 2017

Presumption in favour of sustainable development clarified by Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal reviewed the application of paragraph 14 of the NPPF and the presumption in favour of sustainable development. The decision significantly limits the application of the presumption.
26 July 2017
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