Development Control Practice

Development Control Practice (DCP) is the ultimate guide to the planning process and should be referenced by anyone who works with applications, appeals, court cases and development plans

DCP guides you through all the factors involved in seeking and making decision on planning applications. It provides invaluable assistance for lawyers, developers and planning consultants who need to understand how councils make planning application decisions and provides local authorities with a comprehensive guide.

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Policy & Legislation Updates

Fees for Monitoring Surface Coal Mines

This consultation seeks views on the Scottish Government's proposal to enable planning authorities to charge operators for undertaking monitoring of surface coal mining permissions, including planning conditions; legal agreements and restoration financial guarantees.

A consultation on the future of the Scottish Planning System

Scottish Ministers signalled in the Programme for Government that a Planning Bill would be brought forward early in the Parliamentary Session (Year 2). To enable that, consultation on the key components of the legislation has commenced.

Draft - The Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Permission in Principle etc) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) Regulations 2017

These Regulations make amendments to primary legislation in relation to permission in principle. Permission in principle and its effect are described in sections 58A, 59A and 70(2ZZA) to (2ZZC) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (which were inserted by section 150 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016). Permission in principle provisions apply in relation to England only.

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