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.

Fixing the Foundations

Sajid Javid

The Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid, launched proposals for productivity on Friday 11th July, in a Command Paper called “Fixing the Foundations”. The parts which got press coverage were the reforms to planning.

In outline, the major changes are to adopt a zoning system for brownfield sites, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]