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  • Category: Opinions October 15, 2021

    Time to revisit the 15 minute city


    Cities should work for everyone. A good place to live, work and spend time where the essentials of daily life are within a 15-minute walk or cycle ride rather than a drive away: that’s the fundamental principle of the 15-minute...

  • Category: Opinions July 30, 2021

    15-minute City: our local cities can be our...


    Cities should work for everyone. Everyone living in a city should have access to essential urban services within a 15 minutes walk or bicycle ride from their home. A good place to live, work and spend time where the essentials of daily life are within a gentle...

  • Category: Opinions June 21, 2021

    Fleet Street Quarter: A Winning Bid?


    A business improvement district is a business-led and business-funded body formed to support economic growth in a geographical area and to create a vibrant destination for those who work, visit or live there.

    Government legislation...

  • Category: Opinions May 06, 2021

    The end of virtual planning committee meetings


    The Local Government Act 1972 requires councillors to be present to decide applications.

    Since 4 April 2020, under emergency legislation, the Coronavirus Act 2020 (section 78), planning committee meetings have been authorised to be...

  • Category: Opinions April 16, 2021

    Consequences of delays in issuing a CIL liability...


    In Trent, R (On the Application Of) v Hertsmere Borough Council [2021] EWHC 907 Mrs Justice Lang handed down her decision setting out the consequences of non-compliance of the CIL Regulations by a charging authority.

    The...

  • Category: Opinions February 23, 2021

    Planning power in London?


    Introduction

    Londoners will head to the polls on 6 May 2021 to elect a mayor and 25 London Assembly members. So what planning powers does the Mayor actually have and can he (or maybe a ‘she’ in the future) shape the physical...

  • Category: Opinions January 27, 2021

    Planning A Solution To Loneliness


    A few months into the Covid-19 pandemic, many people started to talk about another pandemic - the 'loneliness pandemic'. The NHS and Red Cross were advising on how to cope with the isolation thrust upon us by the global health crisis and its accompanying lockdown....

  • Category: Opinions January 14, 2021

    Book Review: London's Mayor At 20


    It is 20 years since London has had a directly elected Mayor and this book reflects on the setting up, running and workings in the mayor’s office, or as Tony Travers describes his chapters the ‘design’, ‘evolution’ and ‘operation’ - naturally ending with an...

  • Category: Opinions December 17, 2020

    12 Days of (Planning) Christmas


    Many of us are currently in the midst of the celebration of Advent, and the 12 days of Christmas which begin on Christmas Day (25th December) and end on Epiphany (6th January) are soon upon us. So what should those involved in planning law and policy need to note and...

  • Category: Opinions November 17, 2020

    How Is London Addressing The Climate Emergency?


    Introduction

    Covid-19 has been seen by many as an opportunity to transform our way of life and act in a more environmentally conscious way. America now has a President-Elect who is very pro clean energy, wants to deliver net zero by 2050 and has pledged...

  • Category: Opinions November 10, 2020

    Issues With Multi-Phased Permissions And Antique...


    On 3rd November 2020, the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal against the decision of the High Court in Hillside Parks Limited v Snowdonia National Park Authority [2020] EWCA Civ 1440 which considered the question of whether a planning permission for 401 houses...

  • Category: Opinions November 09, 2020

    Intensification and Contamination in Granting Planning...


    Intensification and contamination in granting planning permission (Smith v Castle Point Borough)

    The issues before the Court of Appeal were whether the local planning authority had failed to consider issues of intensification of use,...

  • Category: Opinions October 21, 2020

    Interpreting Planning Conditions


    How to interpret planning conditions (DB Symmetry Ltd v Swindon Borough Council)


    The question before the court was whether the access roads within the development could only be used by members of the public with...

  • Category: Opinions September 01, 2020

    Section 73 Planning Permissions And Section 106...


    The High Court case of Norfolk Homes Ltd v North Norfolk District Council [2020] is a useful reminder of the importance of ensuring that when granting a section 73 application, previous section 106 agreements are not to be forgotten. The case suggests that it...

  • Category: Opinions August 13, 2020

    Planning for the Future - The Good The Bad and The Ugly


    Introduction

    The Government has published its long awaited White Paper ‘Planning for the Future’. The political rhetoric of ripping up England’s post-war planning rulebook and replacing it with a...

  • Category: Opinions August 06, 2020

    Zoning the Planning System


    The prime minister, in his “build build build” speech of 30 June, has indicated a radical overhaul of the planning system, with the objective of ensuring speed, national infrastructure delivery and further deregulation to stimulate economic growth. The perception is...

  • Category: Opinions July 10, 2020

    Plan, Plan, Plan to Build, Build, Build


    This week Boris Johnson promised us the biggest planning system shake-up since the Second World War to help kick-start the economy. The announcement is still thin on detail, and a planning policy paper on this is expected later on this month. However, the radical...

  • Category: Opinions June 25, 2020

    Further Reforms: The Business and Planning Bill


    Reforms have been proposed in The Business and Planning Bill which was introduced to the House of Commons on 25 June 2020. The planning reforms proposed in this Bill are in Part III.

    The Bill provides that the permission extension...

  • Category: Opinions June 12, 2020

    Bias in Planning?


    Bias in planning has again been highlighted, but this time in a spectacular fashion that has caused a bit of a stir not just in the world of planning, but now on a national political platform too.

    The Secretary of State for Housing had granted planning...

  • Category: Opinions June 06, 2020

    Good Planning For Good Health


    The link between good planning and good health is unequivocal. The quality of the built and natural environment has a significant impact on health and wellbeing.

    Considering the health implications of a particular development is not new to the planning world....

  • Category: Opinions May 20, 2020

    Is housing need becoming the political force to shift...


    The retention of the Green Belt continues to be a huge issue for councils and communities across the country, as it is an issue that councillors face regularly on the doorsteps of their electorate. Combine that with the UK crisis of housing supply and a call to...

  • Category: Opinions May 20, 2020

    Book Review: Faith in The City of London


    This is a very beautiful photographic book. Niki artistically captures the vibrancy and diversity of faiths in the City of London through a collection of photographs of over 200 visits to most of the City’s places of worship.

    The mention of “Faith in the City...

  • Category: Opinions April 23, 2020

    How are local authorities holding their meetings...


    In early April, regulations were drawn up to change the time, frequency and location of all local authorities planning meetings so as to allow for local governance to become virtual. Across London, there have been differing responses. Some councils, such as the Royal...

  • Category: Opinions April 12, 2020

    Planning and Coronavirus – all change?


    Introduction

    The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that the planning system has had to adapt quickly to meet the demands of the ‘new normal”. So what have been the immediate implications for the planning system and what are...

  • Category: Opinions March 31, 2020

    Talking ‘bout Regeneration


    Gentrification is a divisive and tainted term. It was coined by UCL academic Ruth Glass in 1964 while studying the movement of people in Islington. In her work London: Aspects of Change she described how the social character of many urban areas of London has changed,...

  • Category: Opinions March 26, 2020

    Thoughts on Policy Exchange’s Report on ‘Rethinking...


    An interview by Marie-Gabrielle Williams. Stephen Morgan, barrister at Landmark Chambers, and Martha Grekos, barrister at Martha Grekos Legal Consultancy, discuss Policy Exchange’s report on ‘Rethinking the Planning System for the 21st Century’ (the Report). They...

  • Category: Opinions March 23, 2020

    The Draft London Plan – where are we at?


    It was Friday 13th and it was indeed unlucky for the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. The Mayor received a letter from the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, ordering him not to publish the London Plan in its current state, directing that a series of modifications need to...

  • Category: Opinions March 12, 2020

    What is the scope of section 73 applications to vary...


    Can you use a section 73 application to vary a planning consent when the changes to conditions you are seeking also entail a change to the description of development on the previous permission?

    The answer, according to the Court of Appeal...

  • Category: Opinions February 27, 2020

    Is this the end of the Airports National Policy...


    Introduction

    Background

    The Court of Appeal was required to consider whether the Divisional Court was wrong to conclude that the Government’s policy in favour of the development of a third runway at Heathrow was produced...

  • Category: Opinions January 30, 2020

    What an Appeal Court judgment means for site...


    A recent Court of Appeal ruling on housing land supply highlights the fact that local authorities enjoy some latitude in exercising their planning judgment on whether a site can be considered to be 'deliverable', say legal experts.

    Last month, the Court of...

  • Category: Opinions January 02, 2020

    Legal landscape: London must review its green belt...


    The draft London Plan’s examination in public raised awkward questions about its blanket ban on green belt development.

    Following the public examination of the draft London Plan in 2019, the inspectors reached an “inescapable conclusion”: if London’s...

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