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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 […]

Why do we need the Planning Inspectorate’s guidance on planning agreements?

PINS has issued a Procedural Guide on Planning Appeals[1]. This is a guide for participants and includes guidance on section 106 agreements in the substantial Annexe N. It is particularly pleasing to see references with approval to The Law Society’s Model Planning Agreement. The guide also accepts the structure of that document which makes most […]

What are the powers of the Planning Inspectorate?

There is an interesting article by James Maurici QC and Andrew Parkinson, both of Landmark Chambers, in the latest edition of the Environmental Law Review. It concerns the need for appropriate assessment under the Habitats Directive, which must be undertaken by each competent authority if there is a likelihood of significant adverse effects on any […]

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 […]

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 […]

Change at the Planning Inspectorate

I knew this move, which is part of the rationalisation of Government websites, was under consideration earlier this year and expressed a little concern. The Inspectorate is an independent body and it seemed to me that it merited its own site as a sign of and to reinforce that independence. After all the Courts […]