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19 Feb 2019

Permitted Development Changes

Housing secretary James Brokenshire confirmed key changes to Permitted Development (PD) rights, that were first consulted on in Autumn 2018, as part of the Spring Statement including:Upwards Extensions: PD right to extend certain buildings upwards to deliver additional homes will be introduced with regulations in the Autumn. High Street Changes: PD right for town centre uses (A1, A2, A5, betting shops, pay day loan shops and launderettes) to change to officers (B1) and takeaways to change to res...

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19 Feb 2019

Inspector Clarifies Evidence Needed to Demonstrate Housing Land Supply

In a recent appeal decision at Bures Hamlet in Braintree District (APP/Z1510/W/18/3207509) an Inspector has reviewed the Woolmer and Woolpit decisions providing further useful guidance in the assessment of 5 year housing land supply.  He found that:Permissions issued after the base date should not be counted (including sites subject to a resolution to grant – paragraph 62) Information received after the base-date regarding the progress of sites with outline permission should be included in the A...

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29 Nov 2018

The National Planning Policy Framework (2018)

The long awaited revised NPPF was published on 24th July 2018 alongside several supporting documents. The document retains a pro-growth stance, continuing to place its emphasis on the Government’s objective of significantly boosting housing supply in order to meet the target of building 300,000 new homes a year by the mid 2020s.The revised document is now beginning to have an impact in practice with some policies having been tested through planning appeals. As a result we believe the following e...

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