Monthly Archives: October 2012

Soundness Revisited

Under the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) the presumption in favour of sustainable development will apply where a local plan is absent, silent or its relevant policies are out of date, unless the adverse impacts of applying the presumption significantly … Continue reading

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Sound as a Pound

The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act (2004), as amended by the Localism Act (2011), states that the purpose of independent examinations is to ensure that Development Plan Documents (DPD’s), whether core strategies or not, meet legal and procedural requirements, including … Continue reading

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Another Nail

Not only is the Planning Inspectorate taking on the extra responsibility on s.106 agreements; at a time when it is under pressure from the surge of local plans coming to Inquiry, two further assignments are proposed.  Firstly, where Local Planning Authorities (LPA’s) … Continue reading

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Green Belt Review

The latest comments on Green Belt by Government do not signal a change in policy or procedure, despite some comments to the contrary.  Already some conservationist bodies are alleging that Green Belt policy is undermined.  All the Government is doing … Continue reading

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Don’t Panic Mr Mainwaring (nee Osbourne)

Economic growth is a top Government priority.  New buildings, renovation and infrastructure are rightly seen as an engine of economic growth which could boost the economy and lower unemployment.  However these latest proposals, so soon after the National Planning Policy … Continue reading

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Love Thy Neighbour?

In helping homeowners to improve their houses it is proposed to increase existing permitted development rights for extensions to homes and business premises in non-protected areas for a three-year period.  This is justified on the grounds that “this will mean … Continue reading

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A Countryside Renaissance

The present pattern of settlement in the countryside has evolved over many centuries.  This has been influenced by the town and country planning system only in the last 65 years.  The first wave of development plans sought to concentrate development … Continue reading

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