Dial P For Purdah

Parliament will dissolve just after midnight on 6 November 2019, allowing the required 25 working days before a general election on 12 December. In accordance with the Prime Minister’s 28 October statement the new Parliament will first meet “before 23 December.” So we will have a period of “purdah” from 6 November to 12 December. … Continue reading “Dial P For Purdah”

More Plans Grounded: West Of England; Sevenoaks; London

My 13 July 2019 blog post Less Than Best Laid Plans: Political Pragmatism commented on the previous Secretary of State’s 18 June 2019 letter to PINS, which stressed the need for pragmatism on the part of local plan inspectors. MHCLG must be careful not to shoot the messenger. Inspectors are continuing to point out basic flaws … Continue reading “More Plans Grounded: West Of England; Sevenoaks; London”

Don’t Print The Environment Bill

Two reasons not to press print: It’s long. The Environment Bill, which had its First Reading on 15 October 2019, comprises 232 pages. It has 130 sections and 20 schedules. If you want a quicker read, the Explanatory Notes are only 212 pages. Its shelf life may be short. Of course, we are likely to … Continue reading “Don’t Print The Environment Bill”

SOx On The Run

What a mess in South Oxfordshire, with the council now on a collision course with MHCLG over its submitted local plan, which it would dearly love to withdraw. One of the last things that the previous Conservative administration at South Oxfordshire District Council did before purdah kicked in ahead of the May 2019 local elections … Continue reading “SOx On The Run”

Beauty & The Beast; Wheat & The Chaff

Mike Best at Turley made the point most concisely in a tweet this week: Two themes to this blog post: ⁃ the, partly inconsistent, changes to the planning system announced over the last week; ⁃ the difficulty of sieving out from this a lot more media chaff. The pre Conservative party conference briefings in relation … Continue reading “Beauty & The Beast; Wheat & The Chaff”

Clean Air: Promises, Promises

Lindblom LJ gave a short speech this week at drinks hosted by Cornerstone Barristers to mark the publication of Ashley Bowes’ A Practical Approach To Planning Law 14th edition. He made a nice joke about how many of the footnote references were to articles by one Dr Ashley Bowes. No doubt Lindblom LJ’s judgment in … Continue reading “Clean Air: Promises, Promises”

Pound Land: Government & Towns

I wanted to gather together for myself the steps that the Government has recently been taking, by way of funding commitments or planning interventions, in the face of the problems being faced by so many town centres. After all, the position is dire, with multiple threats: economic, social and technological. See for instance this Guardian … Continue reading “Pound Land: Government & Towns”

Angelic: Public Benefits Of Unlawful Demolition In Conservation Area

There was an interesting piece this week by Sarah Townsend on the Planning Resource website: Why planning enforcement notices have dropped to their lowest-ever level (subscription only, 29 August 2019). There was also an interesting ruling from the High Court, London Borough of Tower Hamlets v Secretary of State and Angelic Interiors Limited (in administration) … Continue reading “Angelic: Public Benefits Of Unlawful Demolition In Conservation Area”

Prior Approval Deadlines: An Important Judgment

Your planning law question for today is: Where the General Permitted Development Order 2015 provides that you have deemed planning permission for a category of development within Schedule 2 of the Order, subject to your applying to the local planning authority for a determination as to whether its prior approval is required as to specified … Continue reading “Prior Approval Deadlines: An Important Judgment”

Gestation Of An Elephant: Plan Making

Keith Hill, then housing and planning minister, once described the process to Royal Assent of what became the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 as “the gestation of an elephant”. It took 17 months. Given that the average gestation period for an Asian elephant is 18 to 22 months he wasn’t far off. However, he … Continue reading “Gestation Of An Elephant: Plan Making”