Armstrong Rigg Planning News

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 to support the uptake of Neighbourhood Planning, particularly in urban areas where the take up has been low.

Chief Planners Newsletter April 2021 (

Chief Planner letter on additional support for neighbourhood planning (