From November the requirement for Biodiversity Net Gain in all development proposals come into force nationally - many Councils currently require this, but now all will. A good summary can be seen here
Staffing shortages and the increase in work lead to some Councils needing private consultancy work to help with planning applications, appeals and enforcement matters, including Carmarthenshire Council. National numbers suggest applications recently peaked, so this may be a trend that doesn't continue
The Government is announcing changes to the planning system that will see the right for local communities to decide and vote for developments in their area, including extensions. But for now, no such system: if you want help in appealing against a refusal or objecting to development, our books can help.
The Government is reportedly set to axe Section 106 contributions, replacing them with a new ‘Consolidated Infrastructure Levy’ to cover all contributions, including affordable housing. s106 agreements have been criticised in the past for being cumbersome and bureaucratic, and the new plans suggest developers would be charged a set fee, calculated as a proportion of the value of their housing project.
We all remember the fame of Jackie Weaver with the Handforth Parish Council online planning meeting during lockdown. Online meetings became normal and have increased participation, but will they continue? Some Councils are removing them, others keen to carry on: but as this article shows, it comes at a cost to provide the technology.
The Government has 'designated' Uttlesford District Council under s62A of the Planning Act as they see the Council as 'not adequately performing their function of determining applications'. This means developers can now make major applications direct to Planning Inspectorate, missing out the Council planning department altogether
A recent survey by the Home Builders Federation has shown the number of builders reporting problems with the supply and cost of materials had jumped from 20 per cent a year ago to 78 per cent. Nine out of ten builders also say a lack of resources in planning departments are causing delays.
If you undertake development without planning permission then you have the ability to apply to retain that use/work: commonly called retrospective planning permission. But the Government is hinting at measures to restrict such applications to be 'used only by those who have genuinely made a mistake', a housing department minister has told MPs as part of forthcoming measures to tighten up enforcement rules.
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