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Government cash for protecting the Green Belt

The Housing Minister, Esther McVey MP, announced on 12 September 2019 that the Government has made nearly £2m available to local planing authorities to support a crackdown on illegal development with...

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Occupancy conditions

“We last discussed occupancy conditions in our article in February 2018 in which we considered the mechanism of obtaining a lawful development certificate (LDC) where a dwelling has been occupied in...

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Deadlines for planning decisions

“A recent High Court case that was handed down on 31 July 2019 has provided clarification of a technical point of planning law that could have significant ramifications in some specific...

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What is a detailed planning consent?

We all regularly make a distinction between a detailed planning consent and an outline planning consent and know what that means. An outline planning consent is a planning consent that is...

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Beware of restrictive planning conditions

“Farmers and landowners should check whether or not any planning conditions imposed by previous planning permissions may restrict the use of their property before preparing applications for the residential change of...

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Sub-division of dwellings

“Our article last month covered the amalgamation of dwellings. Here, we consider the sub-division of dwellings to create two or more separate dwellings out of a single dwelling, for which planning...

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Amalgamation of dwellings

“Unlike sub-division of dwellings to create two or more separate dwellings out of a single dwelling, for which planning permission is required, the Town and Country Planning Act is silent as...

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An alternative to Class Q

“We are receiving an increasing number of enquiries about whether a full planning application for the demolition of agricultural buildings and the construction of new build dwellings may be a better...

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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

It is always pleasing when we see our professional expertise acknowledged by other professionals. We were therefore particularly pleased to come across a posting on a potential competitor firm’s website that...

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Two salutary tales

“As readers of our previous articles will be aware, much has been said about the detail needed in submitting an application under the different classes of permitted development rights to maximise...

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