A blog about planning, planning law and planning policy


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.

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 […]

Habitats directive under fire

Go to this BBC iPlayer podcast of today’s PM programme (http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b01qdzc2/) for an interesting five minute report on the difficulties caused by (and apparent aims of) the Habitats Directive (51 minutes and 21 seconds through the podcast, available till 13th February). Bernard Jenkin MP is campaigning against it. CPRE claim that the Government has said […]

The review of the implementation of the Habitats and Wild Birds Directives

This was an interesting announcement in the Autumn Statement last Tuesday 29th November. These directives, implemented through the Habitats Regulations, have caused a lot of difficulty over the years, most markedly perhaps in the Thames Basin Heaths area, home to the woodlark, nightjar and Dartford warbler, and a Special Protection Area for Birds which stretches […]