Joint West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Local Plan Adopted

On Thursday 22nd October 2015 West Dorset District Council followed Weymouth and Portland Borough Council in moving to formally adopt the new Joint Local Plan. The new Joint Local Plan will now form the basis for all decision making on current and future planning applications made within the Councils area, covering the period to 2031. However, the Local Plan Inspector, Read more about Joint West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Local Plan Adopted[…]

Housing & Planning Minister releases permitted development rights announcement

The Housing and Planning Minister, Brandon Lewis, has today released an announcement that the permitted development rights to convert offices to residential, that were due to expire on 30 May 2016, will now be made permanent.  Furthermore, under the new permitted development rights those sites that have prior approval for a change of use from offices to Read more about Housing & Planning Minister releases permitted development rights announcement[…]

Office to Residential Permitted Development right to be made permanent

Today the Prime Minister gave an insight in to the eagerly anticipated Housing and Planning Bill which is due to be published later this month.  In his announcement Mr Cameron set out plans for: a new legal duty to deliver Starter Homes on all ‘reasonably sized’ new developments; automatic planning permission in principle on brownfield sites; Read more about Office to Residential Permitted Development right to be made permanent[…]

Conservatives announce house building ‘crusade’

During his closing speech at this week’s Conservative Party conference, Prime Minister David Cameron outlined his latest plans to reform housing policy through “a national crusade to get homes built”. Mr Cameron set out that these proposals would represent a “dramatic shift” in housing policy, with “those old rules which said to developers you can build on this site but Read more about Conservatives announce house building ‘crusade’[…]

DCLG to Appeal against High Court ruling on affordable housing threshold

Following a judgement in the High Court in July 2015 which removed the Government’s 10 units (5 in rural areas) or 1000sqm threshold for delivering affordable housing (click here for more details), permission has this week been granted by the government to appeal against the ruling. The policy had exempted small housing developments from the requirement to provide or contribute to affordable Read more about DCLG to Appeal against High Court ruling on affordable housing threshold[…]