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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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05 May 2021

Isolated homes judgement

This recent ‘Bramshill’Judgement has concluded that the crucial test of whether new homes are isolated is whether the homes are remote from a settlement, as opposed to other existing buildings. Therefore it could make it easier for authorities to resist new homes under this judgement, as reflected in the recent appeal decision (link below) see footnote 3.How a court ruling will affect decisions on whether new homes are too isolated | Planning ResourceHeading 9 (cornerstonebarristers.com) appeal ...

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