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05 May 2021

Oxfordshire Authorities need to demonstrate 5yr HLS

The Housing Minister has announced that transitional arrangements afforded the Oxfordshire Authorities to only need to demonstrate 3yr HLS to avoid the tilted balance being applied, while a Joint Statutory Plan was to be produced by 2021. This has not happened so in the best interests of housing delivery the Minister has announced that while the time period for the Joint Plan to be in place has been extended to 2023 the housing land supply flexibilities have not and the Oxfordshire authorities w...

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05 May 2021

Challenge to End of Virtual Meetings Fails

The Court Judgement has been issued which confirms that new primary legislation is needed to extend virtual planning meetings. Therefore while Robert Jenrick has indicated that there is a case for this, until and unless new legislation is brought forward all meetings after 6 May 2021 will need to be held in person.Hertfordshire County Council & Ors v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities And Local Government [2021] EWHC 1093 (Admin) (28 April 2021) (bailii.org)

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05 May 2021

Chief Planners Letters

Two Chief Planner letters have been released this month. The first provided details of the amendment to the GPDO, which allow for the change of use to resi (effective from 1 Aug 2021); allows for larger extensions to schools, colleges, universities, hospitals and prisons and make it a requirement that planning permission must be sought to remove a statue, monument or memorial where it has been in place for 10 years.The latter later provides details of funding the Government is making available t...

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