Class Distinctions: Planning For Older People

Housing is needed by people of all ages but there is a particular need for specialist housing for the elderly. A research report, Housing our Ageing Population: Learning from Councils meeting the Housing Need of our Ageing Population was published by the Local Government Association on 8 September 2017. From its executive summary: “The number … Continue reading “Class Distinctions: Planning For Older People”

Policing The SPG: New Scotland Yard

Pour encourager les autres or an early demonstration of zero tolerance?  The Mayor of London’s direction of refusal on 4 September 2017 in relation to a section 73 application to amend a 2016 planning permission for redevelopment of the former Metropolitan Police’s headquarters, so soon after publication of the final version of his affordable housing … Continue reading “Policing The SPG: New Scotland Yard”

NIMBY v YIMBY

“Good Grief… anything but address the elephant… the illogical Nimbys” (comment on my last blog post, received via twitter) I’ve been struggling with “not in my back yard” for a while, almost as bad as the “elephant in the room”. The Times reported this week a speech by Shelter’s Polly Neate: “Ugly new homes breed … Continue reading “NIMBY v YIMBY”

Another Review

“You’re joking, not another one?” (Brenda, April 2017) This was my reaction too. But let’s try to suspend our cynicism.  The Raynsford review of planning has been instigated by the Town and Country Planning Association “to identify how the Government can reform the English planning system to make it fairer, better resourced and capable of … Continue reading “Another Review”

20 Changes In The Final Version Of The London Mayor’s Affordable Housing & Viability SPG

The final version of Sadiq Khan’s supplementary planning guidance on affordable housing and viability was published on 16 August 2017. I had previously blogged on the November 2016 draft.  For internal purposes at Town we have prepared a tracked version, showing the differences. There are many, mostly tightening up the language, but also with some … Continue reading “20 Changes In The Final Version Of The London Mayor’s Affordable Housing & Viability SPG”

New Cases, Old Law: Verdin, Cumberlege

There have been two interesting judgments already this August, both by well-respected members of the planning bar sitting as deputies. Not everyone is away. Both cases illustrate the political and unpredictable nature of decision-making where neighbourhood plan issues arise. Between them they include a range of traditional, but still interesting and difficult, planning principles: – … Continue reading “New Cases, Old Law: Verdin, Cumberlege”

First World Problems 2: Amalgamations And Deconversions

Securing planning permission for your proposed super-basement is definitely a first world problem (see my previous 5 December 2016 blog post).  As is seeking to knock two or more flats or houses into one. There’s that scene in Help! where John, Paul, George and Ringo each open their separate front doors in a terraced street, … Continue reading “First World Problems 2: Amalgamations And Deconversions”

Money & Justice: Tribunal Fees, Licensing Fees, Court Costs

Topical issue: what are the legal constraints on the Government and local authorities in setting the fee rates and cost recovery regimes for administrative and court processes? Claimant and applicant fee rates in particular are seen by the Government as a lever to seek to  – ensure that users of procedures make a fair contribution … Continue reading “Money & Justice: Tribunal Fees, Licensing Fees, Court Costs”

Not In My Neighbourhood

To my mind, the problems with neighbourhood plans that I listed in my 19.2.17 blog post haven’t gone away.  In fact, two changes to the neighbourhood plan process that were switched on from 19 July 2017 by the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 (Commencement No. 1) Regulations 2017 will just bring the issues to the boil … Continue reading “Not In My Neighbourhood”

Courts Interpret NPPF Paras 14, 133/134, 141 (But Couldn’t It Be Clearer In The First Place?)

The Government’s chief planner Steve Quartermain has confirmed this week that the revised NPPF will be published before the end of the year. To what extent will it reflect the proposed changes set out in the previous Government’s ‘response to consultation’ document that was published alongside the February 2017 housing white paper and to what … Continue reading “Courts Interpret NPPF Paras 14, 133/134, 141 (But Couldn’t It Be Clearer In The First Place?)”