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.

New planning bill

The Growth and Infrastructure Bill was introduced in Parliament yesterday. It is effectively a new planning bill making the changes some of which have been trailed already this autumn). It is relatively short, at 28 sections. I will blog on individual provisions at greater length in due course, but to note now:

1 It allows […]

Development plans and electricity transmission lines

There is an interesting decision about this reported today. Samuel Smith Old Brewery challenged a decision of the Secretary of State for Energy to give consent for new power lines at Ferrybridge. The procedure for this was under the Electricity Act 1989. If the Secretary of State gives permission for lines under that Act , […]

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 […]

First ever IPC decision issued

Commissioner Paul Hudson of the IPC

The IPC issued its decision on Rookery South last week, two days ahead of the deadline. This is the very first project to go to the IPC. It is for a 65MW energy from waste plant at Stewartby, Bedfordshire. I had the privilege of representing the host local […]

Pylons

There are various articles and letters in the press at the moment about the desirability and expense of undergrounding national grid power lines, the 440KV cables carried by pylons which we usually say stride across the countryside (or perhaps “march” when we are particularly upset by them). We have grown used to the existing lines, […]