With the recent loss of a by-election in the Chilterns blamed on planning and HS2 issues, there has been a lot of debate about the planning system and whether the public will continue to have a full say in applications. A recent decision in Hertfordshire has also seen housing on Green Belt land, due to the need for housing. Our books aim to ensure the public participate in planning, with easy to follow guides on how to get your views heard.
The meeting at the Planning Committee of Handforth Parish Council hit the headlines recently, with Jackie Weaver trying to control the Councillors who questioned whether she had any authority! Meetings aren't usually that chaotic, but members of the public can often speak: and it's important to get your views across well. We have a short video to explain top tips on what to say, and what not to say.
Latest statistics show that the number of planning applications submitted to local planning authorities across the country continue to rise. They dropped at the beginning of the year with the start of the pandemic, but throughout the middle and end of 2020 numbers have been high.