Ways to prevent planning permissions expiring via non primary legislation

 

“Eight suggestions have been made by the Law Society of England and Wales Planning & Environmental Law Committee and the City of London Law Society Planning & Environmental Law Committee in writing to the housing secretary Robert Jenrick. They include measures to ensure delivery in the housing sector in planning for recovery from the current crisis.

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Legal Beagle – April 2020 edition

 

Legal Beagle

There are 10 Legal Beagle Planning Cases in this edition.

1. Oxford City Council Approved Major Mixed-Use Development with up to 480 Homes and Nearly 90,000 Square Metres of Employment Space on Greenfield Site to the North of Oxford.

Oxford City Council has resolved to approve a hybrid application for the Oxford North scheme that forms part of the wider Northern Gateway project that is proposed for an area of farmland just inside the city’s ring road at Wolvercote.

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The Conservative Party Manifesto 2019

 

The Conservative Party launched their election manifesto on Sunday 24th November 2019.  Amongst some of the usual planning ‘suspects’ such as greenbelt, new homes and affordable housing, the party has chosen also to pick up on more specific matters such as design, electric charging points and even expecting all new streets to be lined with trees.  Starting with the usual planning ‘suspects:’

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Community Infrastructure Levy Changes Following Review

 

Following a Community Infrastructure Levy review which began in late 2015, with the findings being published in a report in early 2017, the Government have now made changes to the CIL regulations via The Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) (England) (No2) Regulations 2019 implemented on 1st September 2019.

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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.

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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.”

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