You may be returning from that escapist world that is MIPIM and grimacing at the prospect of a week’s worth of emails, or you may be finishing a week of grimacing at all the LinkedIn pics of your colleagues in Ray-Bans. In any event, we now have three developments in relation to the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill, currently at Committee stage in the House of Lords, sent to test the old saying that a change is a good as a rest…
I’m very grateful for three of my partners, not part of the MIPIM contingent, who have particularly had their eyes on the following:
Government amendment relating to removal of “hope” value in relation to particular categories of CPO
The Government tabled amendments on 13 March 2023 to the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill that would have significant impacts on landowners. Raj Gupta has written a Compulsory Reading blog post LURB in the Lords – no hope (16 March 2023) on the potentially far-reaching implications. We have arranged a Clubhouse Planning Law Unplanned session at 5 pm on Thursday 23 March to discuss the proposal, led by Raj, Jon Stott, Greg Dickson and other leading specialists. Please RSVP here if you would like to tune in and/or take part in the discussion.
Government consultation on environmental outcomes reports – a new approach to environmental assessment
The Government published its consultation today, 17 March 2023, on the design on its proposed new system of environmental assessment. See the press statement, and consultation document. Duncan Field has set out some initial comments in a LinkedIn post. Again, we are going to arrange a Clubhouse Planning Law Unplanned event, probably for Thursday 30 March but further details will appear shortly.
Government consultation on the proposed infrastructure levy
The Government published its consultation today, 17 March 2023, on the design of the proposed infrastructure levy. See the press statement, technical consultation and a February 2023 research paper published alongside it. Clare Fielding will shortly be publishing a Levy-Headed blog post as to the likely implications.
Now to unpack. And let my picture be a warning for you to keep your parents away from the Be Real app.
Simon Ricketts, 17 March 2023
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