Changes to streamline planning process on way in England

The requirement to provide design and access statements for modest projects in England will come to end on 25 June, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced.  The implementation date emerged in a statement to parliament following the Government’s response to consultation published earlier this year on streamlining the planning application process. In line with its proposals,… Read more »

Raft of change-of-use development rights come into force in England on 30 May

The date for a raft of new permitted development rights to come into force in England, including office to residential conversions and larger domestic extensions, has been set at 30 May 2013. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced the go ahead for the controversial changes by laying secondary legislation that amends the GPDO 1995. Having been… Read more »

Larger house extensions regime detailed

Reblogged from Planning Portal Director Just in case you missed it, the Government yesterday unveiled the details of the new regime for larger house extensions in England. The new regulations granting new Permitted Development rights – including those for rear-of-house extensions – will come into force on 30 May. The measures include increasing the size… Read more »

Warrington Borough Council to charge for Pre-Planning Application advice

In a very disappointing development, Warrington Borough Council has announced that they are to charge for pre-planning application advice for non-householder proposals.  The fees are to range from £55 for advertisement proposals through to £1000 for ‘significant major developments’, with additional charges for follow up meetings and written advice ranging from £45 to £500.  In… Read more »