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Retail & Town Centres Bulletin
Retail & Town Centres Bulletin 15th August 2022
 
A weekly email of the latest retail and town centres news, in-depth coverage, key planning decisions & appeals, policy & legislation updates.
 
Latest Retail & Town Centres News
Conversions to tanning salons of other high street uses won’t always need planning permission, inspector rules Conversions to tanning salons of other high street uses won’t always need planning permission, inspector rules
Tanning salons can be treated as being in the same Class E category as most traditional high street uses, an inspector has ruled, meaning that conversions to and from restaurants, shops and offices without a planning application will be possible in some circumstances.
23 ways in which the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill would change planning 23 ways in which the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill would change planning
The government has introduced its much-anticipated Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill to Parliament, with the bill including a raft of changes to the planning system, including around developer contributions, environmental assessment and enforcement.
Government issues holding direction on controversial Oxford Street M&S store redevelopment Government issues holding direction on controversial Oxford Street M&S store redevelopment
The government has issued a holding direction preventing a council from issuing a consent for plans to demolish and redevelop a Marks & Spencer store on London's Oxford Street, following concerns about carbon emissions arising from the development.
Peers criticise DLUHC over decision to make post-pandemic PD rights permanent Peers criticise DLUHC over decision to make post-pandemic PD rights permanent
A House of Lords committee has criticised the government's decision to make permanent two initially temporary post-Covid permitted development (PD) rights, claiming the move has been made without “robust parliamentary scrutiny” and could have an “adverse impact” on the public.
 
More Retail & Town Centres News
Senior judges again reject legal bid to overturn major PD rights extensions
Government rejects council and Historic England advice as it introduces more permanent PD rights
MPs tell ministers to prevent out-of-centre conversions to retail without prior checks for available high street sites
Westminster announces new opt out from commercial-to-residential PD right
 

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Retail Casebook Appeal Summaries
Business leaders call for infrastructure boost
Lawful Class E use of established shopping arcade denied
Pub to shop plans fail to respect historic buildings
Welsh minister approves flats in high flood risk zone
Unauthorised ATM siting poses crime risk
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Strategic Planning For Retail
London mayor provides 'strategic evidence' to help boroughs block new residential conversion PD rights
How developers and planning authorities are responding to town centre transition
Report calls for ‘comprehensive’ London green belt review to deliver new wave of garden communities
Consultancy appointed to deliver town centre masterplan with consolidated retail and new homes
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Retail Policy & Legislation
Town Centre Action Plan Review - Joint response from Scottish Government and COSLA
The authorities that received the most retail and sui generis to residential PD applications per head 2016-21
The authorities that received the most retail and sui generis to residential PD applications 2016-21
The authorities with the highest (and lowest) approval rates for retail and sui generis to residential permitted development Oct 16-Sept 21
Quarterly average approval rates for selected permitted development rights Apr 2016-Sept 2021
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