Housing Minister sets up panel to help “streamline” the local plan-making process

Housing Minster Brandon Lewis has set up a panel to consider how the process of local plan preparation can be simplified with the aim of speeding up the time that it takes local authorities to produce an up-to-date local plan. The Minister’s latest announcement follows his commitment outlined in July this year that local authorities Read more about Housing Minister sets up panel to help “streamline” the local plan-making process[…]

Merger proposed for South East Dorset Councils

The local authorities of Bournemouth, Christchurch, East Dorset and Poole have recently announced that they are jointly exploring the possibility of forming a new single Council to cover their respective geographic areas.  This would see all functions undertaken by the existing councils in these areas, including services currently run by Dorset County Council in Christchurch Read more about Merger proposed for South East Dorset Councils[…]

Deadline looms for expiry of some permitted development rights

In May 2013 the Government eased planning rules to allow offices to be converted into homes without the need for planning permission.  The permitted development right was implemented for an initial period of three years, and despite further rights being introduced in April 2015 to allow the use of storage or distribution buildings to be Read more about Deadline looms for expiry of some permitted development rights[…]

Proposed adoption of CIL delayed owing to changes in affordable housing thresholds

On 31st July this year, the Government lost a High Court challenge to its change to national guidance in respect of affordable housing thresholds to small scale residential developments by way of a Ministerial Statement in November 2014. This decision reversed the position regarding when affordable housing contributions should be payable on schemes of 10 Read more about Proposed adoption of CIL delayed owing to changes in affordable housing thresholds[…]

Government announces further Green Belt protection

In a letter issued to chief planning officers in England today, the Government has set out a new planning policy statement on Green Belt protection and intentional unauthorised development which comes in to immediate effect. This statement sets out changes to national planning policy to make intentional unauthorised development a material consideration, and also to provide Read more about Government announces further Green Belt protection[…]