Court Challenges Undo Previous Blog Posts: Westferry, Dill

No-one embarks lightly on litigation but there have been two striking examples this week of what it can achieve. Sometimes it doesn’t even need a hearing (first example) and sometimes it’s on the final roll of the dice (second example). Westferry Printworks The Secretary of State’s decision to grant planning permission, against his inspector’s recommendations, … Continue reading “Court Challenges Undo Previous Blog Posts: Westferry, Dill”

Stay Alert! A Quick Guide To All Those MHCLG Announcements

On 13 May 2020, MHCLG published: Guidance: coronavirus planning update Guidance: Coronavirus compulsory purchase Guidance: Coronavirus community infrastructure levy Guidance: construction site working hours Q&A Guidance: consultation and pre-decision matters Guidance: plan-making Guidance: neighbourhood planning On the same day, the Planning Inspectorate updated its guidance on site visits, hearings, inquiries and events. On 14 May … Continue reading “Stay Alert! A Quick Guide To All Those MHCLG Announcements”

Zen & The Art Of Very Special Circumstances

“The past exists only in our memories, the future only in our plans. The present is our only reality. The tree that you are aware of intellectually, because of that small time lag, is always in the past and therefore is always unreal. Any intellectually conceived object is always in the past and therefore unreal. … Continue reading “Zen & The Art Of Very Special Circumstances”

Housing Schemes Approved By Secretary Of State In April 2020

Five out of five proposals for housing development have been approved by the Secretary of State so far in April 2020, in each instance in accordance with his inspectors’ recommendations. Chronologically: 1 April – Vauxhall Cross Island, Lambeth The Secretary of State approved a called in application for “the construction of a mixed-use development comprising … Continue reading “Housing Schemes Approved By Secretary Of State In April 2020”

Key Worker Affordable Housing

The Clap for Our Carers phenomenon reflects heartfelt gratitude for what is currently being done, for all of us, by NHS staff, carers and others carrying out essential services. But clapping is glib. Many of us no doubt feel uneasy. After all many or most of those to whom we owe so much: ⁃ are … Continue reading “Key Worker Affordable Housing”

Pause Not Delete: Extending Planning Permissions

Happily, last week’s blog post, on the the scope for remote planning committee meetings, was superseded by regulation 5 of the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 although of course there will be some practical challenges for authorities … Continue reading “Pause Not Delete: Extending Planning Permissions”

Keeping Calm & Carrying On: Planning Committee Meetings

[Subsequent note: much of this post is now superseded by regulation 5 of the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020] Things are moving fast. My blog post last week was titled What To Do? This week focuses on … Continue reading “Keeping Calm & Carrying On: Planning Committee Meetings”

What To Do?

When, as it will, this current terrible phase of the Covid-19 pandemic passes, what needs to be done to ensure that we catch up on efforts to provide housing and resume economic activity? The main purpose of this blog post, into which a number of my partners at Town have contributed their thoughts (although all … Continue reading “What To Do?”

London, Friday The 13th

I’ll pass for now on Thursday’s Planning For The Future and indeed Wednesday’s budget. It’s one week at a time at the moment isn’t it? Planning for the future, and the wider politics of planning, has seemed less relevant than planning for a future – the even wider, and deeper, politics of public health and … Continue reading “London, Friday The 13th”

Starter Homes Were A Non Starter – What Future For First Homes?

Government is consulting on the “design and delivery” of First Homes. The deadline for responses is 3 April 2020. First Homes was of course a manifesto pledge and so there are no questions as to whether the concept itself is supportable or indeed practical. That is a shame, given the failure of the Starter Homes … Continue reading “Starter Homes Were A Non Starter – What Future For First Homes?”