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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.

National Planning Practice Guidance – bungalows, supply and demand and CPRE

The draft NPPG is now available on line after a couple of days of glitches – I have given the link below. Trailed by DCLG over the Bank Holiday weekend, the newspapers picked up on the proposals that more bungalows should be built for the elderly, including clusters only available to older people. And CPRE […]

Hilary Benn – “local communities should decide”

A somewhat surprising alliance between the Daily Telegraph and Labour’s shadow secretary for Communities and Local Government – Hilary Benn – has emerged this morning, with an article by Hilary Benn headlined “The Coalition have got it wrong over planning”.

So let us recall what the Coalition (or rather the Conservative policies adopted by […]

Nicholas Crane and “We want a say”

The market town which has been the subject of these “We want a say” posts is Saffron Walden and this week just past saw a television programme on Saffron Walden in the BBC’s series “Town”. This is a series in a similar mould to Coast and is presented by Nicholas Crane who also presented Coast.

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We want a say – postscript

The outcome of the election I described in my last post was that the independent candidate opposing the development was elected, in a very close contest. He ousted the sitting member by 48 votes, just 0.1% of the votes cast, garnering the support of 2079 voters.

However, there is more confusion and some irony, because […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Laying the Foundations: A Housing Strategy for England

The Government launched this strategy today, part of its proposals to stimulate growth, recognising the role played by new housing. I met with some architects last week and as we discussed the Government’s Plan for Growth, they practically fell about laughing when I took them through the policy of giving greater power to local communities […]

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.