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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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19 Feb 2019

Updated National Planning Policy Framework 2019

Following from last year’s Technical Consultation on Updates to National Planning Policy and Guidance, an updated NPPF was published on the 19th February 2019. This document replaces the first NPPF published in March 2012 and includes minor clarifications to the revised version published in July 2018. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-planning-policy-framework--2The changes to the Framework are minor in respect of wording – three in total – but follow through on the Technical C...

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