Former Inspector Andrew Seaman joins IPe

Friday 1st March 2019

Former Planning Inspector Andrew Seaman BA (Hons) MA MRTPI has joined the IPe team to lead on a number of new work streams. Andrew latterly served the Planning Inspectorate as Group Manager - Planning (England), carrying responsibility for all Inspectors involved in mainstream Section 78 appeal decision making across England. He has also been the senior lead in the recruitment and training of new Inspectors. Andrew has extensive experience of examining Local Plans and has been a specialist in heritage issues for the last 10 years. He has further enjoyed supporting the University of the West of England (Bristol) in the practical application of planning skills by their undergraduate students for a number of years. Prior to being an Inspector, Andrew…

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Revised NPPF and Related MHCLG Announcments

Friday 22nd February 2019

A revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), published on 19 February 2019, makes a small number of updates to the NPPF published in July 2018. These updates are limited to:Footnote 37 has the addition of the wording, 'Where local housing need is used as the basis for assessing whether a five year supply of specific deliverable sites exists, it should be calculated using the standard method set out in national planning guidance'; andParagraph 177 now takes into account the European Court ruling (CJEU) in People over Wind and Peter Sweetman v Coillte Teoranta (12 April 2018) in relation to habitats assessment.In the Annex 2: Glossary:the definition of 'Deliverable' now makes clear that non-major sites with outline consent should…

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Neighbourhood Planning: Amendment to the Prescribed Basic Condition

Wednesday 16th January 2019

The Conservation of Habitats and Species and Planning (Various Amendments) (England and Wales) Regulations 2018 ('the 2018 Regulations') came into force on 28 December 2018. 15 January 2019 update: Chief Planner letter now issued, view HERE These, amongst other things, amend the basic condition related to habitats assessments, prescribed in Regulation 32 and Schedule 2 (Habitats) of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 ('the 2012 Regulations'). This basic condition must be met by a neighbourhood plan subject to independent examination. By way of background, the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 include rules for the assessment of the impact of plans (including neighbourhood plans) and projects on protected habitats sites. The first non-statutory stage is a preliminary 'screening' to determine whether…

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IPe Office: Christmas and New Year

Monday 10th December 2018

The IPe office in Bath will be closed from midday on Friday 21st December 2018 until Monday 7th January 2019, when normal opening hours will resume (9.00am - 5.00pm). If you need to contact us during this period, please email as we will be monitoring this account.

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World Town Planning Day 8 November 2018

Monday 5th November 2018

World Town Planning Day is celebrated in 30 countries on four continents each November. Its origins date back to 1949, when Professor Carlos María della Paolera of Buenos Aires first launched the day to promote the value of planning all over the world. World Town Planning Day provides a platform to recognise and promote the role of planning in creating sustainable communities. The day presents an excellent opportunity to look at planning from an international perspective, and planners are encouraged to consider planning challenges and solutions around the globe. Events include lectures, children's competitions, fund raising and charity events, planning awards and street festivals. As part of World Town Planning Day, every year the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) organises the Nathaniel…

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IPe leading PAS Plan Making NPPF Workshops

Friday 26th October 2018

Update 26/10/18: Due to high demand, there is now an extra event on 13 November 2018 in London. Book using the link at the end of this article. This week's event in London on Thursday 4 October (following the well attended Leeds event on 25 September) will again see IPe's Keith Holland and Derek Stebbing leading the plan making workshops. These 3 hour workshops feature discussion on the requirements and practical process required under the new NPPF; including undertaking a plan review and update, using the standardised local housing need, requirements for allocating neighbourhood planning numbers & working with neighbouring authorities. The workshops are aimed at policy officers in Councils that will be submitting local plans after the transitional arrangements cease (i.e.…

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Useful Updates: Chief Planner Newsletter September 2018

Thursday 20th September 2018

The Chief Planner's September 2018 letter sets out a number of planning updates, notably to the Planning Practice Guidance (PPG). There is now new guidance on "Build to rent" and "Plan-making". In addition, guidance on "Housing need assessment", "Housing and economic land availability assessment," "Local Plans" and "Neighbourhood planning" has been updated. The letter further follows up on the Government's response to the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which said that the revised population projections when released are likely to lead to the minimum need numbers generated by the Local Housing Need (LHN) method being subject to a significant reduction. The letter states, '"We will consider adjusting the method after the household projections are released, in late…

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Policy on Local Green Spaces: Has anything changed?

Friday 17th August 2018

Policy on Local Green Spaces (LGSs) is set out in paragraphs 76-78 of the 2012 NPPF and paragraphs 99-101 of the revised 2018 NPPF. It is notable in the revised 2018 NPPF that the criteria for designating a LGS is no longer prefixed by the sentence, 'The Local Green Space designation will not be appropriate for most green areas or open space'. This is an interesting deletion as it has generally been considered as the starting point for assessing the suitability of LGS designation. However, it is important to note that paragraph 99 of the revised 2018 NPPF carries over the text from paragraph 76 of the 2012 NPPF, advising that designation as LGS should 'be consistent with the local…

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2018 NPPF: Neighbourhood Plans Transitional Arrangements

Friday 27th July 2018

Following the publication of the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on 24 July 2018, we have received a number of queries about how neighbourhood plan examinations currently in progress are affected. Current examinations are not affected and will continue to be considered against the national policy set out in the March 2012 NPPF. There is no requirement to refer back to interested parties to seek views on the implications of the revised 2018 NPPF. The transitional arrangements for local plans and neighbourhood plans are set out in paragraph 214 of the revised 2018 NPPF, which provides 'The policies in the previous Framework will apply for the purpose of examining plans, where those plans are submitted on or before…

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Neighbourhood Planning Council Funding 2018/19

Monday 4th June 2018

A letter from Steve Quartermain, Chief Planner, of 30 May 2018 advises all Chief Planning Officers that the Government is announcing the neighbourhood planning funding arrangements for local planning authorities in the financial year 2018/19. It confirms, "Neighbourhood planning remains an essential part of the Government's reforms to help local communities play a much stronger role in shaping the areas in which they live and work and in supporting new development proposals". Local authorities can claim £20,000 once they have set a date for a referendum (following a successful examination) and £5000 for each neighbourhood plan area designated (up to a limit of 5), both subject to meeting certain criteria. Other updates to the funding include amended rates for claiming…

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