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.

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 […]

Hanham: NPPF will not render existing plans out of date

That was the headline on Planning’s website last Friday 28th October, following the Government’s debate in the Lords on the NPPF. But is that actually what she said? It is not what one would expect, because s.38(6) does of course allow plans to be overridden by material considerations. Planning applications are to be decided in […]

The text of the 1923 circular which created the presumption in favour of development

I have been pointing out for some time that the presumption is not new, and dates from 1923. This point was made by Michael Harrison QC (who became a distinguished High Court judge) in a 1992 article in the Journal of Planning and Environmental Law, and by Professor Michael Purdue in his analysis (also published […]

Planning changes – all the time.

This is a new blog about planning law and planning, at a time of extensive change in the planning system. It aims to comment on planning law and the system. I shall be putting up my thinking and reactions to changes. I will also use it for news about planning. To begin with, I thought […]