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Permitted Development Rights - the importance of obtaining prior approval

This article considers recent decisions relating to Class O permitted development which highlight that prior approval should be sought before undertaking works.
22 April 2020

COVID-19: New Regulations enable local authorities to meet and vote remotely

New Coronavirus Regulations assist local authorities to continue making decisions as rules are relaxed with regards to physical presence at meetings
17 April 2020

COVID-19: Scotland assists developers by extending the duration of planning permission

The Scottish Parliament has passed the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020, which will help developers address difficulties within the planning system
03 April 2020

COVID-19: Managing existing planning permissions and applications

Despite rule-makers altering rules in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, planning deadlines continue to apply. Developers need to keep an eye out
26 March 2020

COVID-19: How will further business closures affect the food, retail and leisure sectors?

Following the government’s announcement on 23 March of new measures to close more businesses, we look at the key changes and practical issues to be aware of
25 March 2020

Power utilities caught by expanding scope of environmental information rights

The Information Commissioner determines that private companies holding an electricity generation licence or a gas or electricity supply licence are ‘public authorities’
21 February 2020

Town and village green law: Supreme Court decision on ‘statutory incompatibility’

Overview of a lifeline from the Supreme Court to help save land held for statutory purposes being registered as a town or village green
17 February 2020

Greater controls proposed for short-term lets in Scotland

An overview of the Scottish Government’s proposals for increased regulation of commercial short term lettings like Airbnb
23 January 2020

Consenting for electricity storage – latest proposals

Government is proposing most electricity storage projects are consented by local authorities and not as nationally significant infrastructure projects
24 October 2019

Air quality - a deciding factor in determination of housing developments

Local planning authorities may need to take air quality into account when taking decisions. Developers should properly consider air quality in their proposals and offer effective mitigation if needed
21 October 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

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
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