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.

Localism Act 2011

The DCLG website reports that the Bill received Royal Assent yesterday. Over 200 sections and 25 schedules covering a wide range of issues. Some parts came in to force yesterday; one section today; some, two months after Royal Assent; and some await regulations and commencement orders.

 

Localism Bill just awaits Royal Assent

So on Monday the Localism Bill was finally approved by the Commons, accepting all the amendments made in the Lords. That includes the abandonment of the requirement to hold referendums on any and everything, though they are still in place for neighbourhood development orders and specific planning provisions.

The amendment sought by the Law Society […]

Hanham: NPPF will not render existing plans out of date

That was the headline on Planning’s website last Friday 28th October, following the Government’s debate in the Lords on the NPPF. But is that actually what she said? It is not what one would expect, because s.38(6) does of course allow plans to be overridden by material considerations. Planning applications are to be decided in […]

I always knew I had chosen a worthy subject in which to practice.

Baroness Hanham

Opening the second House of Lords’ debate on the NPPF Baroness Hanham said:

“The views of noble Lords are always worth having and planning is of fundamental importance to our society. It is the bedrock of our country.”

Steady on there. What about Magna Carta, or Parliamentary democracy? How ever did we […]

NPPF – response

“Framework” – a frame or skeleton (OED).

 

 

 

 

 

The closing date for responses is Monday 17th. In a spirit of openness, transparency and adventure, I have posted my response which you can read in this link.

Greg Clark, Dame Fiona Reynolds and Adam Marshall debate the NPPF

This morning saw a very interesting debate at the offices of Berwin Leighton Paisner, organised by the British Property Federation. I am grateful to BLP for allowing me to be there.

What were the significant points?

Greg Clark – the intent is to put power into the hands of local communities who […]

Planning changes – all the time.

This is a new blog about planning law and planning, at a time of extensive change in the planning system. It aims to comment on planning law and the system. I shall be putting up my thinking and reactions to changes. I will also use it for news about planning. To begin with, I thought […]