Neighbourhood Plans: COVID-19 MHCLG FAQs and Updated PPG

Wednesday 8th April 2020

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has helpfully published a series of FAQs dealing with changes to neighbourhood planning in response to the coronavirus (Covid-19). Read the FAQs HERE Covid-19 related updates have also been made to the…

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New PAS Advice: Evidence for Plan Making

Monday 2nd March 2020

The Planning Advisory Service (PAS) has published a new advice note, 'Evidence for Plan Making: A focus upon proportionality'. The necessary evidence base to support local plans varies and professional judgements need to be made on what is appropriate, with a…

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Spatial Development Strategies: PINS Advice Note

Wednesday 12th February 2020

Procedural Practice in the Examination of Spatial Development Strategies The Planning Inspectorate has published new procedural advice to inform the examination of Spatial Development Strategies (SDS). SDSs are prepared by an elected Mayor or a Combined Authority so, for example, the…

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IPe Office: Christmas and New Year

Wednesday 11th December 2019

The IPe office in Bath will be closed from Monday 23rd December 2019 and will reopen Monday 6th January 2020. If you wish to contact us during this period, please do not hesitate to email as we will be monitoring…

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Neighbourhood Plans and Non-Designated Heritage Assets

Wednesday 20th November 2019

A Government announcement of 23 October 2019 (click HERE) encourages communities across England to "nominate heritage assets which make their community what it is". Local people will be empowered to nominate heritage assets which are important to them and reflect their…

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IPe Office Relocation

Monday 2nd September 2019

IPe moved on 2 September 2019 to newly refurbished offices in 29 Monmouth Street, Bath. Our offices comprise the ground floor of a Grade II Listed Building, which is located in the central business district of Bath, just behind Queen…

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Planning Appeals Courses: IPe partner with the University of the West of England

Monday 1st July 2019

IPe has partnered with UWE Bristol to deliver a Planning Appeals professional development suite, comprising 3 one day courses/workshops. These can be attended as standalone days or as a complete series. The courses will be delivered at the UWE Bristol Frenchay…

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Are Strategic Housing Market Assessments still relevant?

Wednesday 8th May 2019

Up until the introduction of the standard methodology for calculating Local Housing Need (LHN) earlier this year, Strategic Housing Market Assessments (SHMAs) were the designated vehicle for calculating full Objectively Assessed Housing Need (OAHN) under the 2012 National Planning Policy…

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IPe Briefing: Statements of Common Ground (SCGs)

Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Authorities' statements of common ground will need to show how strategic issues are being tackled, writes IPe's Derek Stebbing. Key pointsThe 2018 National Planning Policy Framework introduced the requirement for statements of common ground (SCGs) to be prepared as part of…

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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…

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