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Supreme Court: Planning Permission Reasoning Must be Given

The Supreme Court has ruled that in cases where planning permission is granted, reasons for the grant of such planning permission may be required to be given, even where there is no statutory duty to do so. The cases of Dover DC v Campaign to Protect Rural England (2017) and Oakley v South Cambridgeshire District Council (2017) both centred around circumstances where planning permission was granted in the face of public …Read More

The Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Good News for Developers

The Neighbourhood Planning Bill is nearing the end of its passage through Parliament.  Announced in the Queen’s Speech in May 2016, the government’s stated purpose of the Bill is to streamline the planning process, while enhancing participation of neighbourhoods in the development of their communities. This streamlining of existing processes means that the provisions of the Bill are largely composed of amendments to existing legislation. In the response to the …Read More

Cambridge City FC’s Home under Judicial Review

The Court of Appeal has handed down a significant judgment in relation to a challenge to South Cambs Planning Committee’s decision to grant permission for the construction of a 3,000 seat football ground for Cambridge City FC in the Green Belt in Sawston. Karen Oakley challenged South Cambs Planning Committee’s decision on the basis that the Planning Committee should have provided reasons for it. The Court of Appeal agreed that …Read More

Permitted Development for Office to Residential now Permanent

The Government recently issued two press statements relating to the delivery of new housing and published the Housing and Planning Bill. These announcements include amendments to the existing permitted development regime and introduced two new planning tools aimed at boosting housing delivery in the UK. Permitted Development – Office to Residential The press release issued on 13 October 2015 announced changes to the existing permitted development and the addition of …Read More

Change of Use – Unlocking the Potential of Empty Retail Units

The degeneration of the high street has been an ongoing talking point, with much of the blame for the decline being directed at the continuing rise of the shopping centre and internet shopping. Boarded up shop units continue to be a common sight in the high street of many UK towns and the Government is keen to ensure these areas are regenerated, bringing empty retail units back into use and increasing …Read More

Opportunity for Landowners under New Permitted Development Rights

Do you have vacant retail space that you have been unable to let? Or a disused farm building that is sitting empty? Recent changes in planning legislation mean that exciting new opportunities for development may be more readily available to you. From 6 April 2014 new Permitted Development rules came into force which will enable owners to convert certain retail and agricultural premises into houses without the need to obtain …Read More