St Helens delays new local plan

St Helens Council has announced it will not now publish its draft local plan until the summer of 2018. The new plan will be the lead land use planning document for St Helens, once it is adopted. It will set out how much new development for housing, employment and retail will be needed in the

Battling barn conversion bureaucracy

It is supposed to be easier, in England, to get planning consent to create new homes out of agricultural buildings, even modern ones. But it may not always feel that way. There are signs many local authorities are still putting high hurdles in the way of schemes. Recent research published in Planning reveals a picture

Planning application fees to rise by 20%

The fee to be paid to a local authority when a planning application is made is due to go up shortly. The government announced some months back its intention to raise planning application fees in England. Initially the rise was expected back in July but it was delayed by the general election. The government have