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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Protecting Habitats: Revised Ruling on Mitigation & Compensatory Measures

Friday 25th May 2018

The European Union Habitats Directive includes measures to protect Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation from the effects of development. Before undertaking or consenting plans or projects likely to have a major impact on such sites, the competent…

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New guidance on neighbourhood plan examinations launched

Monday 26th March 2018

New guidance on neighbourhood plan examinations has been published, prepared by a working party chaired by a senior planning Barrister and which includes experienced examiners and representatives from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Royal Town Planning Institute…

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