COVID-19: Permitted development to go

Pubs and restaurants are now able to operate as hot food takeaways under changes to permitted development rules brought into force on 24 March 2020. The Town and Country Planning Act (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2020 follows a series of announcements by the Government to support businesses forced to close amid the current…

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Planning for the Future

Following the Budget 2020, Housing Secretary of State Robert Jenrick made a statement to the House of Commons on Planning for the Future, setting out the Government’s proposals for the future of the planning system. His statement confirmed the Government’s intention to release the so-called ‘Accelerated Planning’ White Paper in Spring 2020, which is promised…

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Mayor refuses to let the Tulip flower

On 15 July 2019 the Mayor of London directed the City to refuse an application for The Tulip building, which at 305.3 metres would have been the tallest structure in the City. The planning proposal for this 12-storey glass bubble, with a viewing gallery, restaurants and bars, education/ community facility, retail and a public roof…

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Planning Update: Proposed NPPF Changes

The housing shortage is the focus as the Government announces consultation on National Planning Policy Framework changes Summary 1.1.    The Government recently signalled its intention to focus more on the need for more housing by changing the name of DCLG to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Now it has come forward with…

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Supreme Court clarifies local planning authorities’ duty to give reasons for decisions to grant planning permission

By Emily Knowles and Nicola Tilche Dover District Council (Appellant) v CPRE Kent (Respondent) CPRE Kent (Respondent) v China Gateway International Limited (Appellant) [2017] UKSC 79 Factual background On 13 May 2012 CGI Limited submitted an application for planning permission for a major development to the west of Dover. The principal elements of the application…

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