As councils “reluctantly” return to holding physical planning committees that allow public attendance in light of recent court rulings, many face a logistical headache in organising lawful meetings that comply with current Covid restrictions. This has resulted in some authorities postponing meetings this month, observers say, while others seek bigger accommodation or are even using marshalls and ticketing systems.
We highlight eight areas of England where changes in political control following last week’s local and mayoral elections are likely to have the greatest impact on planning and development.
The former Prime Minister and an ex-environment secretary are among the Conservative MPs who have expressed concerns over proposals in the planning bill announced in yesterday’s Queen’s Speech, including that it would limit “local involvement” in the planning process.
Senior officials from local planning authorities will speak at Planning’s virtual national conference on 18-19 May.
Plans to create a “more predictable and more transparent” developer contributions levy to replace the current system of section 106 agreements and the community infrastructure levy (CIL) will proceed in the upcoming planning bill, the government confirmed today.
The government has said that the planning bill will change the rules governing development corporations, which it has previously suggested could be given broader powers over plan-making and development management, as well as greater access to developer contributions.
The High Court has backed a planning inspector’s consideration of the “very special circumstances” necessary to allow inappropriate green belt development in granting permission for a traveller camp, after a judge concluded that the NPPF’s policy on the issue is “guidance” and does not require “a particular mathematical exercise”.
A leading barrister will discuss how a proposed new duty for developers to deliver a ten per cent uplift in biodiversity through their schemes will work in practice at Planning’s virtual national conference on 18-19 May.
A businessman and traveller whose unlawful caravan encampment infuriated an affluent Cheshire village has been handed a suspended eight-month prison sentence for his “repeated disobedience” in breaching a council injunction and other court orders.
On Wednesday, we published a story ‘Go-ahead for 1,850-home Birmingham mixed-use scheme despite conservation area harm’.