A blog about planning, planning law and planning policy

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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.

Affordable housing in the Growth and Infrastructure Bill

I promised to comment further on aspects of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill. The first part I want to look at is the parts on affordable housing. They allow for the variation of affordable housing requirements if the development is “not economically viable”.

The provisions allow for more than one application to be made and […]

New planning bill

The Growth and Infrastructure Bill was introduced in Parliament yesterday. It is effectively a new planning bill making the changes some of which have been trailed already this autumn). It is relatively short, at 28 sections. I will blog on individual provisions at greater length in due course, but to note now:

1 It allows […]

Reforming the law on planning agreements – what can we learn from Wales?

I have posted and written on a number of occasions about the deficiencies and legal difficulties caused by the current wording of s.106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. So it is particularly encouraging to see that they are being taken up in Wales.

The Welsh Government recently commissioned an independent advisory group […]

Extending the scope of the Infrastructure Planning System

When the Planning Act 2008 was in preparation, it was always envisaged that it could be extended to other forms of development. Well the ministerial statement last week specifically contemplates that to speed up the system. Eric Pickles said:

“…we now intend to review the thresholds for some of the existing categories in the regime, […]

Housing and growth

Last week saw another step in the Government’s campaign to secure growth by changes to the planning system. My colleague Martin Goodall has posted an excellent summary and comment in his blog, see the link at the end of this post.

The announcement is in a ministerial statement. It covers increasing investment in the private […]

Development, growth, George Osborne and the green belt.

It’s very interesting how George Osborne and his advisers seem to get planning, as the modern system was introduced in 1947. There was a presumption in favour of development, planning was to rebuild the country and the idea was to enable development to happen. See the Uthwatt report for example. So the Chancellor of the […]

Is the Planning Inspectorate the new bogeyman of the planning system?

 

There was a debate in the Commons this week over the NPPF. There were two recurrent themes and one really serious point. The two themes were (i) that planning lawyers will be rejoicing over the NPPF as it is going to lead to a lot more cases and (ii) the role of the Planning […]

NPPF published

So the NPPF was finally issued yesterday. At 59 pages, even the most hardened critic must welcome it. At last we can say goodbye to the pages of repetition of law and policy in the old PPS series. There is a helpful and explicit list of what has been abolished at the end, beginning with […]

NPPF and the presumption – the text of the Chancellor’s speech

This is what is in the chancellor’s speech

“Next week my Right Honourable Friends the Communities Secretary and the Planning Minister will publish the results of our overhaul of planning regulation.

We’re replacing 1,000 pages of guidance with just 50 pages.

We’re introducing a presumption in favour of sustainable development;

While protecting our most precious […]

NPPF – coming into effect when published next week

The Chancellor has just sat down. He was expected to say that the NPPF was being issued this week, or according to some reports, today. Instead he announced it would be issued by DCLG next week and that it would include the presumption in favour of sustainable development. And then he said that the policy […]