Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis has announced new measures that will make it easier to turn underused office buildings into new homes.
- Senior Compliance and Enforcement Officer Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Basingstoke, Hampshire
- Assistant Director: Chief Planner Wirral Council Brighton Street, Wallasey, Merseyside, CH44 8ED
- Planner (Development Management) Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council Neath Port Talbot (Castell-nedd Port Talbot)
- Principal Planning Officer Leicestershire County Council Leicestershire
- Principal Planning Officer Teignbridge District Council Newton Abbot, Devon
Corby Borough Council has given the green light to plans for a 400,000 square metre logistics scheme on open countryside despite the authority’s own local plan officers’ expressing concerns that the site is not allocated for development.
The London Borough of Brent has given the go-ahead to plans for a 509-home mixed-use scheme on a designated industrial site, despite the loss of commercial floorspace.
New demolition and upwards extension permitted development rights will be introduced this month, says Jenrick
New permitted development (PD) rights allowing vacant commercial and residential buildings to be demolished for new housing and individual homes to extend upwards will be introduced "before the summer recess", the housing secretary Robert Jenrick has said.
Plans to allow automatic extensions to planning permissions that are due to lapse during the Covid-19 crisis have finally been confirmed by the government, to the relief of the development sector. But the new measures throw up some potential challenges for decision-makers and developers where consents have already lapsed, say observers.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, planning officers at the London Borough of Haringey have been using 3D mapping technology to assess proposals in lieu of being able to physically visit application sites. By Mark Wilding.
It will be thirty years this month since I started as a graduate planner. During the decades I have experienced lots of changes to the system, all of which aimed to deliver a faster and fairer approach to planning.
Why the new upwards extension permitted development right for blocks of flats may have limited uptake
A new permitted development right allowing two-storey upwards extensions to purpose-built blocks of flats to create new homes comes into force next month.
The homes converted from office blocks under permitted development rights currently being reviewed by the government.
We examine measures promised by ministers for the planning White Paper. By David Blackman.
What are the main changes in RICS' revised professional guidance on development viability in planning? By Chris Marsh.
How the revised legislation will affect applicants and authorities. By Isabella Kaminski.