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Neighbourhood Planning Areas

March 23rd, 2012 by Louise Humphreys

With the upcoming commencement date for neighbourhood planning (6 April 2012), which will give local communities the power to plan and shape their neighbourhood, here's a brief look at how parished areas and non-parished areas can become designated a ... continue reading...


Planning in the Budget 2012

March 21st, 2012 by Louise Humphreys

The following is taken from the Budget 2012 documents available from the HM Treasury website: The Government is reforming the planning system so that it supports growth. The Government will publish the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) by th ... continue reading...


Changes to the Tree Preservation Order Regime

March 20th, 2012 by Louise Humphreys

The Town and Country Planning (Tree Preservation)(England) Regulations 2012 will, subject to Parliament, come into effect on 6 April 2012. The new regulations will place all tree preservation orders (TPOs) onto the same footing and consolidate exist ... continue reading...


Enforcement Provisions under Localism Act Come into Effect

March 16th, 2012 by Louise Humphreys

Following the making of the Localism Act 2011 (Commencement No. 4 and Transitional, Transitory and Saving Provisions) Order 2012, we now have confirmation that all of the enforcement provisions contained within the Localism Act 2011 will come into fo ... continue reading...


Updated DCLG Guidance on Planning Propriety Issues

February 21st, 2012 by Louise Humphreys

Following the commencement of the predetermination provisions in the Localism Act 2011, the Department for Communities and Local Government has published an updated version of the planning propriety guidance. The new version replaces the Guidance on ... continue reading...


Enforcement Notices, Appeals, Prosecutions & Abuse of Process

February 14th, 2012 by Louise Humphreys

In Altunkaynak, R (on the application of) v Northamptonshire Magistrates' Court & Anor [2012] EWHC 174 (Admin), the Courts have again considered the interplay between enforcement notices, prosecutions and s285 of the Town and Country Planning Act ... continue reading...


Planning and Restrictive Covenants

February 9th, 2012 by Louise Humphreys

The recent case of Zenios v Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust Ltd [2011] EWCA Civ 1645 serves as a reminder that obtaining planning permission for a development does not necessarily mean that a development can or will go ahead; or at least not where the ... continue reading...


Councillors, Pre-determination & Planning

October 4th, 2011 by Louise Humphreys

According to reports in last week's Planning magazine, almost two-thirds of councillors believe that changes contained in the Localism Bill will allow them to state in advance how they will vote at committee meetings. The current rules on pre-determ ... continue reading...


Changes to Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations

September 19th, 2011 by Louise Humphreys

The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011 came into force on 24 August 2011. Whilst the Regulations essentially consolidate the 1999 Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, there are a number of changes wor ... continue reading...


Do you drive a Maserati?

September 19th, 2011 by Louise Humphreys

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles recently used a speech at a property conference to lambast "Maserati-driving" planning lawyers for driving up planning costs at a time when the number of planning applications are falling. Mr Pickles said: "I don' ... continue reading...