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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.
Town and village greens — additional trigger events to prevent applications to register TVGs download
Walker Morris provides an update on the Commons (Town and Village Greens) (Trigger and Terminating Events) Order 2014, which came into force on 12 February 2014.
‘By right’ or ‘as of right’: Supreme Court holds that public recreation ground cannot be registered as a village green download
In Barkas, the issue was whether the Helredale playing field could be registered as a village green under section 15(2) of the Commons Act 2006.
The Queen’s Speech was delivered to both Houses of Parliament on 4 June, outlining the intended legislative programme for the 2014–15 session.
The Supreme Court has clarified the law of private nuisance and made some fundamental changes to previously well-established principles.
Proposed changes to the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive received approval from the European Parliament in March 2014.
Foresight is an easy-to-use legal calendar that outlines major cases, government policy and forthcoming legislation right through to 2017.