Covid-19: A guide to the new takeaway planning rules

Covid-19: A guide to the new takeaway planning rules As part of its response to the coronavirus health crisis, Government regulations have now come into effect to allow cafés, restaurants and public houses to provide a takeaway service. The following link will take you to an on-line copy of the regulations. I have set out

Flintshire Council Deposit Plan Consultation 2019

Do you live or work in Flintshire? How will proposals the Council has put forward affect you? The Flintshire Council Deposit Plan sets out how the Council think land should be developed or protected over the next decade. Are you a developer or landowner looking for an opportunity to bring land forward for development or

New rules on pre-commencement conditions

From 1 October 2018 new rules come into effect in England affecting the use of pre-commencement planning conditions. Architects, surveyors and small house builders in particular will need to be aware of the new procedures, as well as others involved in securing planning permission and in development. Pre-commencement planning conditions have long been popular with

Are you ready for permission in principle?

Are you ready for permission in principle? A new type of planning application comes into effect in England from 1 June 2018.  It will be possible to submit an application to the local planning authority for ‘permission in principle’ for housing proposals. What is this and might it be of benefit to you? It is

Liverpool City Council to consult on emerging local plan

Liverpool City’s emerging local plan is about to reach a key stage with critical implications for developers and landowners in the City, especially those with an interest in securing permission for alternative uses for their property now or in the future. The City are about to publish for a six week consultation period the submission

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