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  • Details of Housing Infrastructure Fund announced

    4 August 2017

    Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, has announced the details of the £2.3bn Housing Infrastructure Fund ("HIF"), which is aimed at unlocking housing delivery by either meeting the cost of infrastructure holding up the development of an allocated site or providing a "forward fund" to pay for strategic infrastructure which will help authorities in their plan formation process.

  • Planning Challenges: Changes in Costs Protection

    10 March 2017

    Changes regarding 'cost capping' for those seeking to challenge planning decisions came into force on 28 February 2017. In some ways the changes make it more costly for third parties to challenge decisions.

  • The Vacant Building Credit Lottery

    16 December 2016

    In May 2016 the Vacant Building Credit ("VBC") was reintroduced via the National Planning Policy Guidance ("NPPG"). VBC applies to any building that has not been abandoned that is brought back into any lawful use, or is demolished to be replaced by a new building. VBC is equivalent to the existing gross floor space of relevant vacant buildings when the local planning authority ("LPA") calculates affordable housing contributions - VBC has the effect of reducing the amount of affordable housing ordinarily required.

  • Housing and Planning at the Conservative Party Conference

    14 November 2016

    With a new Prime Minister, a new Chancellor, a new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and a new Housing and Planning Minister, what would emerge from this year's Conservative Party Conference with regard to Housing and Planning policy was anybody's guess.

  • S73 Applications and consents granted under a Development Order

    9 September 2016

    A recent decision of the High Court in Pressland v The Council of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham [2016] EWHC 1763 (Admin) has held that an application made under S73 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 ("TCPA 1990") may be made to develop land without compliance with conditions attached to a permission granted by a development order.

  • What Brexit could mean for Planning

    8 July 2016

    One consequence of the Brexit vote will be how the various elements of the planning process may be affected.

  • Ability to convert a building from office use to residential without planning permission made permanent

    5 May 2016

    Permitted development rights that allow offices to be converted into residential use without the need for planning permission have been made permanent.