The planning system is changing almost continually. In recent times we have seen:

  • The introduction of a number of new permitted development rights such as vertical extensions;
  • Changes to the Use Class Order; and
  • A new property developer levy

This blog will provide our personal thoughts on the ever changing shape of the planning world, moreover give our reaction to planning related news, changes in legislation, recent planning decisions or provide helpful advice and tips.

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Community engagement – how important is it really?

Community engagement plays an important role in the planning process and can result…

Goodbye 2021, hello 2022

What is there to say about 2021 in general, not as bad as 2020 certainly, but still…

The environment act 2021, one month on: Biodiversity net gain

The eagerly anticipated Environment Act (“the Act”) received its Royal Assent on…

The impact of Covid on our High Streets

Covid-19 has had an impact on our town centres over the last 18 months, resulting…

Lessons learnt from Randalls Way – the first BTR scheme in Mole Valley

Whilst there has been much buzz about build to rent (or BTR) in last few years,…

Fire safety in planning

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The ever-changing world of work – Office adaptation and the London plan 2021

Covid-19 has had a major impact on the way we work, with many of us swapping desks…

COP26 – Embodied Carbon and planning – the London experience

The UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, is taking place in Glasgow between 31st…

The death of city living: Fact or fiction?

At the beginning of the first Covid-19 lockdown in the spring of 2020, there was…

London plan – 6 months on…

Khan he, khan-t he. After much political wrangling with Robert Jenrick, the London…

Are new settlements the answer to the housing crisis?

With the Government seeking to ‘Level up’, ‘Build Back Better’ and ‘Solve the…

Assessing BTR progress since 2017

I’d like to take you back to the year 2017, which was labelled by the Telegraph as…

Cycle to work

Today, Thursday 5th August, is Cycle to Work Day 2021. I have been regularly…

Planning reform on the high street

Our most recent blog post summarised some of the key impacts that Covid-19 has had…

New approaches to article 4

This limitation that Article 4 directions should ‘apply to the smallest…