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08 Oct 2019

Milton Keynes Housing Land Supply Appeal Decision

In allowing an appeal against Milton Keynes Council’s refusal for 50 homes at Castlethorpe Road in the village of Hanslope, a planning inspector has concluded that the local authority did not provide the clear evidence necessary to support its housing land supply position in excess of five years just six months after it adopted its new local plan. The Council has since confirmed that as there is significant contradiction between this decision and other received recently, it will be seeking legal...

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31 Jul 2019

Key changes to National Planning Practice Guidance that you should be aware of

With very little fanfare the Government have recently made a number of substantial changes to Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) with some of them expected to prove fairly fundamental when interpreting the intentions of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in particular. We consider the key changes to be as follows: A new short section on Green Belt. This provides advice on two specific issues. The first is what should be considered when assessing openness introducing new themes relating ...

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24 May 2019

An extension of permitted development rights will come into force on 25th May

The legislation creates a new class, JA of the GPDO to allow proposals for the conversion of shops and other high street uses to B1 offices under the prior approval process. Class M already allows retail and sui generis uses to be converted to residential without the need for planning permission, but the new regulations would allow takeaways to also be converted to housing.The regulations also makes permanent the existing temporary right to enlarge a dwellinghouse by up to 8 metres in the case o...

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