A blog about planning, planning law and planning policy

Disclaimer

The information on this blog is not intended to be advice, legal or otherwise. You should not rely on it and I do not accept liability in connection with it. If you do have a planning law question on which you would like advice, seek legal advice from a suitably qualified solicitor. Specific advice should be sought for specific problems.

10 Downing Street postpones the runway decision

Heathrow third runway

The BBC and The Times are today carrying stories that 10 Downing Street is again postponing a decision on whether to proceed with a new runway at Heathrow. People will remember that early in the Coalition Government Sir Howard Davies was asked to lead The Airports Commission, charged with reporting in the […]

Fixing the Foundations

Sajid Javid

The Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid, launched proposals for productivity on Friday 11th July, in a Command Paper called “Fixing the Foundations”. The parts which got press coverage were the reforms to planning.

In outline, the major changes are to adopt a zoning system for brownfield sites, […]

Ten ways to speed up the negotiation of planning agreements.

The Government consulted on this on 20th February. To follow up my earlier post on it here are my ten suggestions.

1 Amend s.106 to remove the restrictions on what a s.106 agreement can do, and particularly improve it for affordable housing

2 Revoke Reg 123 of the Community Infrastructure Regulations 2010 which restricts pooling

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Consultation on speeding up section 106 agreements

The Government issued this consultation last Friday, 20th February. The period closes on 19th May, so a rapid response is necessary.

The proposals in brief are: 1 Issue new guidance emphasising the need for speed, early engagement and use of standardised clauses. 2 A system for resolving disputes about s.106 agreements.

It is good to […]

Planning obligations – perpetuating misunderstandings

Earlier this month, DCLG issued a “Plain English Guide to the Planning System”. It is only 20 pages long, including title pages, so it’s bound to be something of a summary. But on planning obligations is continues to misrepresent the position. It says:

“Planning obligations are used to mitigate the impact of proposed developments. They […]

“Faith based planning?”

The Expanding Universe

Ouch. My planning law colleague Stephen Ashworth of Dentons has put up a post today on their UK Planning Law Blog with this title. He reports that the Government’s changes last November to make development easier for small developers by reducing the thresholds for affordable housing and tariff style contributions are being […]

Use it or lose it – the Lyons Housing Review spells out the proposal

In mid- October, The Lyons Housing Review published its report. Sir Michael Lyons, a former chief executive of three local authorities, was asked by the Labour Party to look into the causes of the shortage of new houses and suggest action to address the problem. One of the suggested solutions is “Use it or lose […]

Northern Ireland Planning Bill neuters law

I have just today seen that the Planning Bill currently in the Northern Ireland Assembly contains a clause which restricts JR of planning decisions. If passed into law, challenges will only be possible on the ground of breach of European Union Law or human rights law. So a planning decision taken in breach of any […]

We want a say

Visiting my local market town on Saturday I stopped to look at a large map of the town – about twelve feet by twelve feet – spread out on the pavement as part of the election campaign for Thursday’s local elections. It particularly attracted my attention because was obviously about planning and was headed “Your […]

Judicial review changes

David Cameron today launched an attack on judicial review and excessive procedural requirements. He bemoans excessive EU legislation, saying “Consultations, impact assessments, audits, reviews, stakeholder management, securing professional buy-in, complying with EU procurement rules, assessing sector feedback this is not how we became one of the most powerful, prosperous nations on earth”.

Now I have […]