Monthly Archives: February 2013

Neighbourhood Plan In Your Area? Find Out Here

Our recent Kirkwells Comment – Neighbourhood Planning Steams Ahead – brought to you the latest update on neighbourhood plan designations, pre-submission consultations and examinations. What was missing was a decent map of who is doing what across England. Now we have it! Courtesy of Planning Aid’s Up Front and DCLG. You can download a 1.7mb version here. Need help with your neighbourhood plan? Not sure what neighbourhood planning is all about? Get expert help from one the leading neighbourhood planning team in the country – email or call: 01282 872570    

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Community Right to Build Off to Slow Start

Planning picked up on the very slow start to community take-up of the Community Right to Build. Something the Government have pushed both through their rhetoric and allocation of the public finances. Thus far, only 4 applications have been submitted. When asked why? Locality, in part, charged with supporting this initiative on DCLG’s behalf, opined – well there have been 900 enquiries about Right to Build. But at 0.004% that is a pretty poor conversion rate. OK. And we do think that this is the main reason – it is early days for Community Right to Build. And we had the good fortune to be asked for expert opinion on this by Planning. Even to the point of publishing this juicy morsel. “Grant Shapps seemed to … Continue reading

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Kirkwells’ Neighbourhood Planning News February Issue Out Now!

The latest issue of our popular Neighbourhood Planning News is out now. To download a copy click here. February’s issue has stories on: The rising number of neighbourhood plans The second Neighbourhood Plan referendum Costs of neighbourhood plans Kirkwells’ work with Horninglow and Eton Hythe Neighbourhood Plan Make sure you do not miss a future issue – subscribe. Need support to produce your neighbourhood plan? Get expert 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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One in 10 British homeowners ‘have broken planning and building restrictions’

Reports the Daily Telegraph. Based on a survey of builders and surveyors carried out for LV=home insurance many homeowners are making alterations without seeking the correct approvals and consents. This can be costly. Your local planning authority can use their enforcement powers – making you make necessary alterations, including taking down completed work, and, in some cases, leaving you with large legal costs and a hefty fine. As the Telegraph concludes this can leave you “considerably out of pocket”. Look at the extremes some will go to. Don’t let this happen to you. Call us on 01282 872570 or email Claire to find out how we can get you the approval you need. Or if you are already having problems … Continue reading

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Kirkwells Support Horninglow and Eton Neighbourhood Plan Frontrunner

Kirkwells will be providing support on another of the Government’s neighbourhood planning frontrunners: Horninglow and Eton in Burton upon Trent. In announcing the appointment Horninglow and Eton Parish Council Chairman Clive Burton said: “The neighbourhood planning process is very new to us all. Louise Kirkup and Michael Wellock from Kirkwells clearly have a lot of experience of this sort of work and they are patiently guiding us through it.  So far things are going well and we look forward to a positive outcome for Horninglow and Eton in due course.” Horninglow and Eton are one of the Government’s frontrunner neighbourhood planning areas, and one of eleven neighbourhood planning frontrunners in East Staffordshire. Kirkwells’ Policy Director, Louise Kirkup said: “Kirkwells are assisting a number of … Continue reading

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Cannock Chase Local Plan Consultation

From now until the 28th of March 2013 you have the chance to comment on the Cannock Chase Local Plan Proposed Submission document. Will the Cannock Chase Local Plan affect you? Will it affect the value of your land and property, does it affect your local environment? Or will it prevent your future plans from taking place? If the answer to any of these questions is yes – take control by getting expert help from RTPI chartered town planners by calling – 01282 872570 The Cannock Chase Local Plan can be viewed here. The number of planning consultations can seem endless. If this is taking up your time why not let Kirkwells take the strain? We monitor all local planning authority consultations. This saves … Continue reading

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Revised Design Review Principles and Practice

The CABE team at the Design Council, the Landscape Institute, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA) have jointly produced an update to the industry standard best practice document ‘Design Review, Principles and Practice. The publication of the National Planning Policy Framework on March 2012 reinforced the role of Design Review in ensuring high standards of design in all new developments. The key changes in the new Design Review Guidance include A revision of the 10 principles of design review which are now firmly the focus of the document A restructuring of the document to focus on outlining the principles that should constitute core planning guidance on design review, followed by clear concise … Continue reading

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Salford Local Plan – Initial Consultation

Following the withdrawal of their Core Strategy Salford City Council have embarked on preparing a new Local Plan. The Salford Local Plan will set out how the city will develop up until 2032. As an initial consultation stage the City Council is looking to find out what site allocations and designations should be included in the Salford Local Plan. Land for development Land for infrastructure Land to be protected The City Council is also consulting on the methodology for the sustainability appraisal of the Salford Local Plan The consultation runs until the 12th of April 2013. If you have land to promote or protect through the Salford Local Plan get help from Kirkwells RTPI chartered town planners, email or call … Continue reading

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East Riding Local Plan Consultation

East Riding Council is consulting on the Draft East Riding Local Plan. The consultation focuses on two key documents: Draft Strategy Document – this sets the broad location and amount of development that will take place in each settlement in the East Riding.  It also contains a number of planning policies relating to specific issues, such as providing affordable housing, protecting the landscape character, preventing the loss of valuable services and facilities and minimising the risk of flooding. Draft Allocations Document and Policies Maps – these documents contain a series of maps which show the exact locations where it is proposed development should be supported, as well as areas that should be protected from development; and a series of policies setting out … Continue reading

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How Much Does It Cost To Produce a Neighbourhood Plan?

A key question on most parish councils, neighbourhood fora and business area’s lips as they contemplate taking charge over their own future. Costs can vary widely – depending on the nature of the area, complexity of the plan, and the expertise that exists within the group preparing that neighbouhood plan. DCLG estimated costs when assessing the impact of neighbourhood planning and a recent post on the Locality web site puts forward the range of £10,000 to £80,000 for a neighbourhood plan. Whatever type of plan you prepare, or whatever the resources at your disposal you will not want to compromise on quality and accuracy. That is why at Kirkwells we have put together a neighbourhood planning package that can support … Continue reading

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