Planning Inspectorate publishes Guidance

Following the introduction on 24 March 2020 of stricter measures by the government to help combat the spread of COVID-19, the Planning Inspectorate has announced measures in response relating to all site visits, hearings, inquiries and events. The key message is that, from 25 March 2020, no site visits, hearings or inquiries will take place…

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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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Budget 2020 – Watch this Space for Planning and Infrastructure

In his first budget since taking on the job, the Chancellor sets out an ambitious package of investment in housing and also in the infrastructure needed to support it. These are measures which should encourage the building of further affordable housing, and also lead to infrastructure being put in place to support the regeneration of…

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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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