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How to adapt local plan consultation in response to the Covid-19 outbreak

How to adapt local plan consultation in response to the Covid-19 outbreak

Councils will need to make better use of social media and online consultation methods to effectively consult on their local plans during the coronavirus crisis, say experts, but some warn that such techniques may not currently be suitable for all aspects of the process.

The implications of delegated and virtual decision-making

The implications of delegated and virtual decision-making

Local authorities are looking at using emergency delegated powers and a system of 'virtual' planning committees to allow decision-making to continue during the coronavirus outbreak. But practitioners warn that delegated powers are likely to be suitable for just a limited number of applications, while virtual committees face technical challenges and are likely to limit public participation.

RTPI, BPF and HBF call for ministers to allow English permissions to extend during pandemic

RTPI, BPF and HBF call for ministers to allow English permissions to extend during pandemic

Developers, housebuilders and planners have urged the government to follow Scotland's lead and allow the automatic extensions of planning permissions due to expire during the coronavirus crisis, with the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) describing the move as a "measured and pragmatic approach" in "unprecedented times".

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How the coronavirus' impact on development activity might affect councils and applicants

How the coronavirus' impact on development activity might affect councils and applicants

The secondary impact of the coronavirus is economic, prompting fears of a significant hiatus in planning and development activity and what that might mean for planning departments and applicants. In particular, government rules designed to ensure authorities deal with applications promptly and ensure the delivery of housing have the potential to penalise authorities hit by a coronavirus-inspired cut in activity.

How organisations are trying to keep the planning system moving during the pandemic

How organisations are trying to keep the planning system moving during the pandemic

The planning system is experiencing extreme disruption as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, but ministers,councils and developers’ agents are looking at innovative solutions to overcome the challenges thrown up by the crisis.

How the right to demolish to make way for new homes might work

How the right to demolish to make way for new homes might work

The government has resurrected its long-standing idea to introduce a new permitted development right to allow office buildings to be demolished and replaced with new homes. Commentators suggest the new right may be implemented via changes to the General Permitted Development Order and could involve the introduction of new lighting standards.

How the coronavirus is affecting day-to-day planning work

How the coronavirus is affecting day-to-day planning work

Practitioners warn that it will be a challenge to ensure that committees and other planning meetings can continue through the use of remote working technology and say that current decision-making delays may push back application consultation timescales.


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Legal Viewpoint: Planning to meet the needs of the present

Legal Viewpoint: Planning to meet the needs of the present

Faced with the force majeure of Covid-19, the past fortnight has exposed our planning system’s core features and its social and political spine. Central to this is the ability for decisions to be taken in a public forum.

What previous experience reveals about the pros and cons of zoning, by Cliff Hague

What previous experience reveals about the pros and cons of zoning, by Cliff Hague

Robert Jenrick’s recent statement ahead of another planning White Paper flirts with the idea of switching planning in England from a policy-based to a zoning-based system.

Legal Viewpoint: Ruling emphasises need for care on lawful use certificates

Legal Viewpoint: Ruling emphasises need for care on lawful use certificates

In an important case relating to the interpretation of lawful development certificates (LDCs), the High Court recently dismissed a statutory review brought by a Norfolk council against an appeal decision involving the description of development.