Monthly Archives: January 2013

Free Schools – Planning Advice

The Government has announced new measures to make it easier for Free Schools to convert empty and underused buildings and move more quickly into their preferred site.  The new measures mean free schools will be able to to open in almost any building for a year without needing planning permission, removing concerns that schools cannot open in time. At the moment, parents, teachers and charities who want to open a free school have to go through a lengthy planning application process to get council permission to move into buildings earmarked for use but that are not already schools. The new permitted development rights will also give free schools extra time to win the permanent planning permission required to remain in their … Continue reading

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New Rights – Office to Home Conversions without Need for Planning

On 24th January 2013 Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced new planning measures in a letter to chief planners. The proposed legislation will be issued to come into force in Spring 2013. The new permitted development rights allow change of use from B1(a) office to C3 residential.  The new permitted development rights will allow office space to be converted into new homes without the need for planning permission from the local authority. The permitted development right will be in place for 3 years, and because local circumstances vary, local authorities will have an opportunity to seek an exemption if they can demonstrate there would be substantial adverse economic consequences. Buildings no longer suitable or needed for agricultural use could be transferred … Continue reading

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Kirkwells’ Neighbourhood Planning News January Issue Out Now!

The latest issue of our popular Neighbourhood Planning News is out now. To download a copy click the following link Neighbourhood Planning News Issue 8 January 2013. January’s issue has stories on: Funding The Upper Eden Neighbourhood Plan examination Neighbourhood Planning and CIL Daws Hill Judicial Review Make sure you do not miss a future issue – subscribe. Need help with your neighbourhood plan? We can help. Just call 01282 872570. Not sure what neighbourhood planning could mean for your area? Book one of our FREE training sessions.    

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Cheshire East Local Plan: Shaping Our Future

Cheshire East Council is consulting on the latest stage of Local Plan preparations.  Until 26th of February 2013 interested parties have an opportunity to comment on: The Council’s proposed Development Strategy; Policy Principles Document; Sustainability Appraisal; and Habitat Regulations Assessment. The Council’s proposed Development Strategy is for a minimum of 300 hectares of land to be provided for business, general industrial, storage and warehousing uses over the period 2012-2030. And for land to be made available to provide 27,000 homes over the same twenty year period. This consultation is important in that it will feed in to the drafting of Cheshire East’s all-important Local Plan document. If the future development of Cheshire East affects you, and you need expert help … Continue reading

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Neighbourhood Plan For Increased CIL

Communities that choose to accept new housing will benefit directly from new generous cash incentives. In neighbourhoods where a neighbourhood plan is prepared, and supported by local people in a referendum, will be able to keep 25% of the revenues arising from the development that they choose to accept. This cash boost will be paid directly to parish and town councils. Neighbourhoods without a neighbourhood plan where the levy is charged will receive a capped 15% share of the levy revenue arising from development in their area. Communities without a parish or town council will still benefit from this incentive, with the local planning authority retaining it and spending it in accordance with the wishes of the community. The government has … Continue reading

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Simpler, cheaper outline planning applications

In the Government’s on-going battle with planning red tape the need to set out building locations, widths, lengths and upper and lower heights in outline planning applications has been removed. This move, coming into force on 31 January 2013, will be welcome news for anyone wanting to establish if a development is acceptable in principle and should speed up decisions and reduce costs for outline applications. In introducing the move DCLG said “that local planning authorities are better placed to judge the information required on a site-by-site basis”. Unfortunately, many outline planning applications had become as detailed and expensive as full applications. This new move should ease that burden. Now those who are seeking to establish if a development is acceptable without … Continue reading

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Funding for a 1,000 Neighbourhood Plans

That was the upshot of an increased support package offered by Government to local planning authorities. In a letter to chief planning officers the Department of Communities and Local Government are offering a greater support package to help local councils support neighbourhood planning. This includes £5 million for new neighbourhood planning designations in 2013/2014. So at £5,000 for very designation that is potentially a further 1,000 neighbourhood planning areas across the country. In the same letter the government also announced a three stage payment system to help local councils support communities in their neighbourhood planning work: a first payment of £5,000 following designation of the neighbourhood planning area – capped at £5 million in 2013/2014; a second payment of £5,000 when … Continue reading

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Leeds Consults on Core Strategy

Leeds City Council is consulting on changes to it’s Core Strategy ahead of submission for independent examination. This final consultation on Pre-Submission Changes before submission will last until 5pm on the 18th of February 2013. If you require expert help to respond to this, or any other Core Strategy consultation contact Michael on 01282 872570 or email.    

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