The planning system is complex with numerous legislative and policy changes over recent years.
The new Planning White Paper, new Environmental regulations and planning reforms, have only added additional pressures and risks for developers.
It is important that you interpret the planning rules correctly, to ensure any proposed developments are viable and deliverable in the new environment. Whether you are a developer, landowner or investor, we can assist you with tailored commercial planning and environmental advice, particularly in London, where our knowledge of practice across the Boroughs helps smooth the planning application process.
We can advise you at all stages of the planning lifecycle, including strategic input at the outset to management of planning applications and appeals. We work closely with our Real Estate and Construction teams to tackle your situation from every angle, providing a comprehensive and robust service.
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Local Nature Recovery Strategies
What is the purpose of LNRS and the process to create one? Read more here.
Property Patter: what’s the latest in the world of Essential Residential?
How is commonhold going to be encouraged and will ASTs ever return to a straightforward 2 month termination process?
Planning Gateway One to introduce new fire safety requirements for high rise residential buildings
The government is introduce a number of new requirements to the planning system - read what the requirements will mean here.
Claire Fallows quoted by Building Projects, Building Construction Design, Housing Management & Maintenance and Housebuilder & Developer on the government’s proposals to reform the planning system
“The reality is it will take years to pass the necessary legislation to transition to a new system and to bring new plans into effect."
Claire Fallows quoted by Planning on how new PD rights for commercial buildings will change the system
Councils should be prepared for a flurry of applications in August.
First Homes: Bringing You Up To Date
Claire Fallows sets out the latest position on the introduction of First Homes into the planning system here
Judicial Review Reform - Further Consultation
A further consultation on judicial review follows on from that issued only last year. Helen Hutton provides an update here.
The Oxford-Cambridge Arc Opportunity: How Could It Benefit You
A return to strategic planning is mooted for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc. Sophie Willis sets out the route map here.
Tall Buildings In London: Challenges and Opportunities
How will new policies, including the adoption of the London Plan, affect the delivery of tall buildings in the capital and beyond?
Strategic Planning, Design & Beauty: Proposed Changes To The NPPF
The consultation on changes to the NPPF have planning and strategic land implications, read more here.
Delayed Environment Bill To Return Autumn 2021
After significant delay due to the 2019 election and COVID-19 , estimates suggest the Environment Bill will become law this autumn.
Retail Repurposing: Helping or hindering the high street
A controversial new permitted development right allowing unused commercial premises to be converted into homes will take effect in August.
Claire Fallows writes for Planning Magazine on the proposed changes to permitted development rights to convert Class E to residential
According to government plans, certain properties will be able to convert to residential use without submission of a planning application.
How do I amend an existing planning consent?
Reviewing the two main routes to a planning permission's amendment, once it is granted.
Claire Fallows quoted by Planning Magazine on the implications of the new permitted development rights for the UK planning system
Claire Fallows quoted by Property Week on the announcement that PDR developments will face minimum space standards
Helen Hutton writes for the Estates Gazette Legal Q&A on amending planning permission to meet changing demands
Claire Fallows quoted by Property Week on the proposed changes to the UK's planning system
Claire Fallows quoted by Property Week on misconduct and corruption in the UK’s planning system
High Court finds that C2 extra care scheme not exempt from affordable housing requirements
The relevant development plan policy - relating to a site - will define whether or not affordable housing is required.