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Salford Consults on Planning Guidance

This Consultation has CLOSED. IF YOU MISSED IT. YOU NEED THIS. Salford City Council has started to review a number of the city council’s existing supplementary planning documents (SPDs), by seeking comments on five existing SPDs. These are the supplementary planning documents (SPDs) for: Design and Crime Hot Food Takeaways House Extensions Telecommunications Trees and Development These SPDs will be updated to reflect Salford’s proposed Core Strategy which the Council propose to adopt in May 2013, and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Once revised the Salford supplementary planning documents will be used for development management planning, particularly the determination of planning applications and planning permissions. If you need expert, independent, town planning consultants to advise you on the review of Salford … Continue reading

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More moves to speed up the planning system

Department for Communities and Local Government have announced their intention to introduce more measures to speed up the planning system and to support sustainable development.  These proposed measures will include the following: a relaxation of the Use Classes Order to make it easier to re-use existing agricultural, retail and commercial buildings without the need to submit a planning application; cutting the amount of information to support planning applications; reviewing the 6,000 pages of supporting planning guidance; speeding up the process for determining appeals; updating local council planning application fees in line with inflation; ensuring councils whose planning decisions are in line with an up to date local plan are not ordinarily liable for costs if their decision is appealed; changes … Continue reading

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South Lakeland Land Allocations

THIS CONSULTATION HAS NOW CLOSED. DID YOU MISS THE DEADLINE? DOES THIS MEAN YOUR LAND AND PROPERTY WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED IN RIBBLE VALLEY’S FUTURE PLANS? MAKE SURE YOU NEVER MISS OUT AGAIN. KIRKWELLS TRACK THE WORK OF ALL LOCAL PLANNING AUTHORITIES. THIS ENSURES OUR CLIENTS RECEIVE THE BEST UP TO THE MINUTE,  ACCURATE PLANNING ADVICE.   TO FIND OUT HOW WE CAN DO THIS FOR YOU CALL 01282 872570. The progress on identifying future development land in South Lakeland continues. Do you need help making sure your site is considered for future development? If you do call 01282 872570 and find out how we can help you. On 31 May 2012 the Land Allocations Development Plan Document was submitted to … Continue reading

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National Planning Policy – Major Concessions from Government

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is now out. Has it been worth the wait? Who has come out on top? Government? Or the National Trust, CPRE and other environmental groups? Or has it been a draw with compromise all round. Here, we present our initial assessment of the new national planning policy. The key battles in the run-up to the NPPF’s publication have been around the Government’s new definition of sustainable development; the protection to be given to the countryside; whether brownfield land should be developed before greenfield; should planning permission be automatically granted if a local planning authority does not have an up to date Local Plan in place; and should councils have a period of grace to come … Continue reading

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NPPF: Planning’s Big Day

So, finally, it is here. Planning’s Big Day. After all the claim and counter claim we will finally find out what the National Planning Policy Framework has in store for English land use planning policy. Will it lay waste to England’s green and pleasant land as some claim, or will it simplify, speed up, and deliver growth whilst protecting our green and pleasant land?  In short, who is going to win, and who to lose. In the blue corner Government, BPF, HBF and others, or the team in the green corner CPRE, National Trust and RSPB? To help you gauge the ups and downs we have produced a handy little checklist. Presumption in favour of sustainable development. If this weights economic … Continue reading

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Policy for Traveller Sites

In a quite bizarre turn of events Government has produced planning policy for Traveller Sites. Bizarre? Well, bizarre, because this new policy guidance was published only two days before the publication of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The NPPF, as you will not need reminding, was being heralded as 50 pages of national policy to replace the existing 2,000 or policy and guidance. So it does feel bizarre to have an 8 page supplement to th NPPF that will be published on the 27th of March 2012. But what of the new policy on Traveller Sites? Overall, this brings together previous guidance in to one simpler document. The main features of this being: that local planning authorities should make … Continue reading

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Budget 2012: Implications for Planning

Well after all the speculation on whether he would publish the National Planning Policy Framework on Budget Day, or not (and he hasn’t), what has George Osborne actually said that impacts on town planning and development? The headline grabber is that Government will radically reform the planning system because it is a “barrier to growth”. On Tuesday 27th of March the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) will be published. From that date it will come in to force for plan-making and decisions. Support will be available to local planning authorities to help them get their plans up to date. The NPPF will better support growth, have a “powerful” new presumption in favour of sustainable development, and allow local decisions to … Continue reading

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NPPF: time for more light, less heat

The final version of the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is only days away and now is the time for “more light and less heat” in this debate on the future of planning. Throughout the Summer of 2011 swords were drawn. On one side government, and many in the property industry, saying the NPPF would promote growth and protect the countryside, and, on the other, a wide collection of groups including the National Trust, CPRE, and RSPB, saying the NPPF was the biggest shake-up in the planning system since it’s creation in 1947, and that it would lead to a developers’ free for all and the destruction of the countryside. The heat generated by this debate has continued. Take … Continue reading

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CPRE: Protecting the wider countryside

Today CPRE published a report on the implications of the Draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for the English countryside. The report finds some 55% of the English countryside would not be protected by the Draft NPPF. This falls to some 33% when local designations are included, such as those in Local Plans. With a number of areas in the process of preparing Local Plans this figure will fall further. Commenting on the report David Hortin at Kirkwells said: “Clearly, these figures give some cause for concern. Particularly in areas without an up to date local plan. For these areas local planning authorities need to be making as much progress as they can. The alternative is that if they don’t, … Continue reading

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