We hope you are all keeping safe and well during these unprecedented times. The planning process is still ongoing and Council's are moving forward in taking decisions on planning applications. The Planning Inspectorate is also issuing appeal decisions, mainly on written representation appeals. Inquiries and hearings are being held up whilst arrangements are being considered that involve social distancing requirements. 

So of you are thinking of undertaking that project that may involve planning permission, listed building consent or just need some planning advice, then as an independent consultancy, we can offer the best advice to achieve a beneficial outcome. So please feel free to make contact.

As for news, we are pleased to announce that we managed to secure a planning permission, subject to the signing of a S106 agreement, for up to 100 dwellings in Central Bedfordshire. This was all the more satisfying as a similar scheme was refused in 2018 and the subsequent appeal was dismissed in 2019. But through careful negotiation with officers, the original reasons for refusal were overcome and the application was passed by committee. Jeremy Peter gave a virtual presentation to the committee, a first,  which was pivotal in securing a positive outcome.

In other news, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson pledges to to "build, build, build" targeting schools, hospitals, homes and roads in England, as economy struggles to recover from coronavirus. The announcement suggests significant relaxation of permitted development rules that govern controls over changes of use and redevelopment of commercial properties to residential. As always, the "devil is in the detail" so we await published material of what this all means. 

We also wait to see if the the Welsh Government follows suit with similar measures to boost the building industry in Wales.

Please feel free to contact us should you require advice on planning matters. 

Mob: 07879 626401

Tel: 029 207 03619



4 July 2020

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