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  • Category: Opinions June 25, 2020

    Further Reforms: The Business and Planning Bill


    Reforms have been proposed in The Business and Planning Bill which was introduced to the House of Commons on 25 June 2020. The planning reforms proposed in this Bill are in Part III.

    The Bill provides that the permission extension...

  • Category: Opinions June 12, 2020

    Bias in Planning?


    Bias in planning has again been highlighted, but this time in a spectacular fashion that has caused a bit of a stir not just in the world of planning, but now on a national political platform too.

    The Secretary of State for Housing had granted planning permission for the Westferry...

  • Category: Opinions June 06, 2020

    Good Planning For Good Health


    The link between good planning and good health is unequivocal. The quality of the built and natural environment has a significant impact on health and wellbeing.

    Considering the health implications of a particular development is not new to the planning world. The Town and Country Planning...

  • Category: Opinions May 20, 2020

    Is housing need becoming the political force to shift a...


    The retention of the Green Belt continues to be a huge issue for councils and communities across the country, as it is an issue that councillors face regularly on the doorsteps of their electorate. Combine that with the UK crisis of housing supply and a call to release some of the green belt for...

  • Category: Opinions May 20, 2020

    Book Review: Faith in The City of London


    This is a very beautiful photographic book. Niki artistically captures the vibrancy and diversity of faiths in the City of London through a collection of photographs of over 200 visits to most of the City’s places of worship.

    The mention of “Faith in the City of London” conjures up images...

  • Category: Opinions April 23, 2020

    How are local authorities holding their meetings during...


    In early April, regulations were drawn up to change the time, frequency and location of all local authorities planning meetings so as to allow for local governance to become virtual. Across London, there have been differing responses. Some councils, such as the Royal Borough of Kensington and...

  • Category: Opinions April 12, 2020

    Planning and Coronavirus – all change?


    Introduction

    The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that the planning system has had to adapt quickly to meet the demands of the ‘new normal”. So what have been the immediate implications for the planning system and what are the potentially longer term changes that may need to...

  • Category: Opinions March 31, 2020

    Talking ‘bout Regeneration


    Gentrification is a divisive and tainted term. It was coined by UCL academic Ruth Glass in 1964 while studying the movement of people in Islington. In her work London: Aspects of Change she described how the social character of many urban areas of London has changed, as the original working...

  • Category: Opinions March 26, 2020

    Thoughts on Policy Exchange’s Report on ‘Rethinking the...


    An interview by Marie-Gabrielle Williams. Stephen Morgan, barrister at Landmark Chambers, and Martha Grekos, barrister at Martha Grekos Legal Consultancy, discuss Policy Exchange’s report on ‘Rethinking the Planning System for the 21st Century’ (the Report). They consider how likely it is that...

  • Category: Opinions March 23, 2020

    The Draft London Plan – where are we at?


    It was Friday 13th and it was indeed unlucky for the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. The Mayor received a letter from the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, ordering him not to publish the London Plan in its current state, directing that a series of modifications need to be made to the draft London...

  • Category: Opinions March 12, 2020

    What is the scope of section 73 applications to vary...


    Can you use a section 73 application to vary a planning consent when the changes to conditions you are seeking also entail a change to the description of development on the previous permission?

    The answer, according to the Court of Appeal ruling in Finney v Welsh...

  • Category: Opinions February 27, 2020

    Is this the end of the Airports National Policy Statement?


    Introduction

    Background

    The Court of Appeal was required to consider whether the Divisional Court was wrong to conclude that the Government’s policy in favour of the development of a third runway at Heathrow was produced lawfully.

    The policy is...

  • Category: Opinions January 30, 2020

    What an Appeal Court judgment means for site deliverability


    A recent Court of Appeal ruling on housing land supply highlights the fact that local authorities enjoy some latitude in exercising their planning judgment on whether a site can be considered to be 'deliverable', say legal experts.

    Last month, the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of a...

  • Category: Opinions January 02, 2020

    Legal landscape: London must review its green belt policy


    The draft London Plan’s examination in public raised awkward questions about its blanket ban on green belt development.

    Following the public examination of the draft London Plan in 2019, the inspectors reached an “inescapable conclusion”: if London’s development needs are to be met, then...

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