A blog about planning, planning law and planning policy

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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.

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, […]

Submission to Sir Michael Lyons Housing Review

 

This is the review set up by the Labour party when Ed Miliband announced they proposed to introduce a “Use it or Lose it” provision to counter hoarding of development land. Brock Consulting’s response to the call for evidence has gone in and can be found here.

Strangely, the call for evidence opens with […]

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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Extending the scope of the Infrastructure Planning System

When the Planning Act 2008 was in preparation, it was always envisaged that it could be extended to other forms of development. Well the ministerial statement last week specifically contemplates that to speed up the system. Eric Pickles said:

“…we now intend to review the thresholds for some of the existing categories in the regime, […]

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 […]

Community right to build orders encouraged

CRB prospectus

DCLG issued some interesting news just before the Jubilee weekend – £17 million of seed corn funding is being made available for community right to build orders. The money is not for development costs but for the costs of getting the order in place. Interestingly it is not payment per community organisation, but […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.