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Kelly Burns

Posted 6 December 2018
by Kelly Burns .

Can an Urn really be a Listed Building?

Your initial reaction to the question of whether a chattel such as an urn could be a listed building may be “No”. You may think that only a bricks and mortar property could be listed. If that’s the case, you…

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Amy Cater

Posted 28 November 2018
by Amy Cater .

A Shake-up of Permitted Development Rights

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During the Autumn Budget, it was announced that the Government would be consulting on a number of proposed changes to the current system of permitted development rights. Permitted development rights allow you to undertake certain building works and changes of…

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Simon Sanger-Anderson

Posted 26 October 2018
by Simon Sanger-Anderson .

FOI – Whose Information is it Anyway?

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Parish Council’s steering group holds information on its behalf under Environmental Information Regulations 2004 despite absence of parish council control or contract (Information Commissioner). The Information Commissioner (IC) has determined that information possessed by a steering group created by a…

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Amy Cater

Posted 17 October 2018
by Amy Cater .

The Ombudsman’s Guide to Recording Planning Decisions

More than 2,000 complaints are received each year by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (the “Ombudsman”) about Local Authority planning departments in England. One of the Ombudsman’s main reasons for upholding complaints is where a Local Planning Authority…

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Amy Cater

Posted 9 October 2018
by Amy Cater .

New Rules for Pre-Commencement Planning Conditions Now in Force

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On 1 October 2018 new rules came into force in England preventing Local Planning Authorities (“LPA”) from granting planning permission subject to pre-commencement conditions without the applicant’s written agreement. The new rules are intended to speed up development. A pre-commencement…

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Amy Cater

Posted 10 May 2018
by Amy Cater .

Phone Kiosk Applications Hit Record Levels

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Last month the Planning Inspectorate (“PINs”) issued a statement that one of the main reasons for recent delays in the handling of appeals was due to the number of prior approval appeals they had received for phone kiosks. According to…

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Amy Cater

Posted 4 May 2018
by Amy Cater .

Community Infrastructure Levy – Two Recent Appeals

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The Planning Inspectorate has published two appeals recently that again highlight the need for developers to submit their assumption of liability notices or commencement notices in good time or face surcharges. In the first appeal, the developer had carried out…

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