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Planning Challenges: Changes in Costs

United Kingdom - March 8 2017 Changes regarding 'cost capping' for those seeking to challenge planning decisions came into force on 28th February 2017. The Government introduced…

Planning and Development Update - January 2017

United Kingdom - January 9 2017 In May 2016 the Vacant Building Credit ("VBC") was reintroduced via the National Planning Policy Guidance ("NPPG"). VBC applies to any building that…

Local policy takes precedence over small sites affordable housing exemption

United Kingdom - October 20 2016 Following on from a recent appeal decision in September by a Planning Inspector, it is clear that local planning policy is capable of taking…

Holly Lawrence

Amalgamation of dwellings constitutes material change of use

United Kingdom - September 21 2016 A perennial thorny planning law question is whether the amalgamation of two or more dwellings into one requires planning permission. In June 2016 some…

Holly Lawrence

Court of Appeal confirms 'Murfitt' principle

United Kingdom - September 15 2016 The key issue considered in this case was the circumstances in which a local authority may issue a planning enforcement notice in respect of an…

Stephen Jefferson