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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Keith Holland to present at Landmark Chambers' Plan Making event

Thursday 1st March 2018

IPe Director Keith Holland will be speaking next week at Landmark Chambers' Plan Making event on 5 March 2018. As a former Planning Inspector, with more than 20 years' experience, Keith will be providing an "Inspector's view" around local plan legal…

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Update on the latest raft of development plans regulations

Friday 16th February 2018

New regulations have been made in relation to Local Plans, Neighbourhood Plans and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which come into force in 2018. The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 provide, amongst other things:the implementation of…

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What can community groups expect in terms of involvement in their neighbourhood plan examination?

Wednesday 3rd January 2018

'By the time you are in a position to submit your neighbourhood plan to the local planning authority, you are likely to have invested typically two years or more into developing your proposals through extensive engagement and iterations of the…

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Tips for local authority planners navigating a neighbourhood plan examination

Tuesday 12th December 2017

If you're a local authority planner, there is something inevitable about the prospects of having to navigate the examination of a neighbourhood plan sooner rather than later, if you have not done so already. There are over 2,000 communities -…

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