Chief Planner encourages progression of Local and Neighbourhood Plans

Friday 2nd October 2020

In her first newsletter as MHCLG Chief Planner, Joanna Averley has very clearly indicated that local planning authorities should pull not back on progressing their Local Plans. Within the newsletter, published on 1 October 2020, the Chief Planner advises "We…

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Neighbourhood Planning: Additional Support for Urban and Deprived Areas

Monday 10th August 2020

In line with the commitment to provide additional support to communities in urban and deprived areas (places that are amongst the 20% most deprived areas in England, in accordance with the Index of Multiple Deprivation), the Government has today increased…

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Extensions to Permissions, Major Changes to Use Classes and New Permitted Development Rights

Tuesday 28th July 2020

By the end of Summer 2020, several significant permanent and temporary changes to planning legislation will be in force (including provisions in The Business and Planning Act 2020):permanent legislation that allows an Inspector to pick and mix elements of the…

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Government Funding for Neighbourhood Planning

Tuesday 23rd June 2020

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published a letter on 22 June 2020 to Local Planning Authority (LPA) Chief Planning Officers providing an update on financial support for neighbourhood planning. It is extremely good news in terms…

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Celebrating Over 1000 Neighbourhood Plan Referendums

Wednesday 10th June 2020

The June 2020 Edition of the Ministry of Housing, Community and Local Government's (MHCLG) newsletter Notes on Neighbourhood Planning celebrates over 1000 successful neighbourhood plan referendums that have taken place since the implementation of the Localism Act 2011. This milestone…

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CPRE Local Plan Research Report: What’s the plan?

Monday 25th May 2020

A new report suggests that 90% cent of local planning authorities in England have an adopted local plan, with the remainder using older saved policies. However, its analysis of local plan coverage says that the majority of these adopted plans…

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Wednesday 13th May 2020

In response to concerns about how to meet the consultation requirements of Regulations 14 and 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, MHCLG has today provide a further clarificatory update to the Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) as part of…

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Tuesday 12th May 2020

In line with the practice of the Planning Inspectorate, we are now recommencing unaccompanied site visits from 13 May 2020, providing the examiner can conduct the visit safely under current physical distancing guidance. Please Note: This now supersedes the Q&A…

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COVID-19: IPE Working Arrangements

Tuesday 12th May 2020

First published 24/03/20 (updated: 23/04/20; 01/05/20; 12/05/20) The health of our employees and clients is our number one priority. We're following the Government health advice to make sure both employees and clients stay safe, putting all the necessary measures in place…

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New PAS Advice: Local Plan Reg. 22 Consultation Statement

Thursday 9th April 2020

The Planning Advisory Service (PAS) has published a new advice note on Regulation 22(1)(c)(v) of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012. This requires the production of a Statement of Main Issues, following consultation on the Regulation…

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