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The Infrastructure Act is intended to boost investment in development projects. The practical and commercial implications of the new measures are wideranging.
The Government has outlined further changes that will take effect.
Section 106 Agreements between developers and local planning authorities outlining obligations in relation to new developments are currently subject to statutory time limits at the negotiation stage.
While a headline glance at the Supreme Court’s judgment in this long-running case might give developers some encouragement a closer look reveals that the issues in play are not quite so straightforward.
This briefing includes information on EIA thresholds, neighbourhood plans and third-party consultation.
Third-party consultee involvement and procedural steps to change following technical consultation download
Having already issued four reports detailing the outcome of its ‘Technical Consultation on Planning’, the Department for Communities and Local Government has outlined further changes that are to take effect.
The Local Planning and Housing Bill 2014–15 is currently being debated in Parliament, with its second reading in the House of Commons scheduled for mid-January 2015.
Environmental impact assessment thresholds and neighbourhood plan regime to change following technical consultation download
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) launched its technical consultation on proposed planning reforms on 31 July 2014.
Development consent orders and procedure for discharge of planning conditions to follow technical consultation download
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) launched its technical consultation on proposed planning reforms on 31 July 2014 under the auspices of the government’s ‘Red Tape Challenge’.
While there is no clear statutory definition of a highway, at common law a highway is a route along which people can pass and re-pass at all times as frequently as they wish.
Under section 38 of the Highways Act 1980, the local highway authority can agree to adopt roads that have been constructed to a specified standard.
Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and the national infrastructure plan — what does it mean for planning? download
Walker Morris’ planning and environment team provides a brief overview of the proposals likely to impact on the current planning regime.
In July 2013, the DCLG launched its consultation on an updated national waste planning policy.
Legislation could permit landowners to voluntarily agree that certain things should be required or prohibited in respect of a piece of land for conservation purposes.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has launched a technical consultation on further proposals for reform of the planning process.
On 31 July 2014, the government published a technical consultation on further proposals for reform of the planning process.
Various amendments have been made to the Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.
On 2 July, the EU Commission published a number of documents aimed at moving the EU towards a circular economy.
The DCLG has published revised criteria for deciding which local planning authorities are to be regarded as ‘poor performers’ in relation to their handling of planning applications.
The last few years have seen a number of steps being taken to transform the planning system into a more transparent, efficient and locally driven process.