Monthly Archives: October 2019


The Environmental Bill looking to improve biodiversity with developers – post Brexit?!


“The Queen’s Speech was made on 14th October 2019 and amongst a myriad of pledges, policies and statements across all areas, The Environment Bill was announced.  Suitably vague, and as the Government cannot command a majority (and is still trying to deal with Brexit), no date has been set for a second reading which would begin to turn this statement into legislation.

A summary of the Environment Bill has been made by House of Commons researchers and can be found here, In terms of development, the only key announcement is that it will “Improve biodiversity by working with developers.”  Further detail awaited likely post Brexit and General Election, could be a long wait!

If you are interested in the pledges set out in the speech, the full 130 page Queen’s Speech analysis can be found here.

We will return to this topic post Brexit!

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Planning fee refunds for delayed decisions


Yesterday, Esther McVey, the Minister of State for Housing and Planning, told the Evening Standard that property firms would receive planning application fee refunds if councils took too long to determine planning applications.

This means, in her words, that planning departments “are held to account.” In addition, she stated that “we are looking at some of the things we can do to make planning smoother, faster, more effective.”

Ministerial Statement one thing, translation into reality another, detail to follow, if so when?

Watch this space…

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