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Commercial Planning & Licensing

Commercial Planning Advice

We understand that the planning system can seem difficult to navigate. Which is why our planning team can lead you through the maze and help you to find solutions that work for your business.

 

How we can help you

We can provide you with advice on your planning applications, negotiate your section 106 planning obligation agreements, prepare your appeals and legal challenges and advise on the community infrastructure levy. 

 

Who we act for

We act for developers, landowners, local authorities, housing associations and investors. Our understanding of the planning system means that we know how to obtain the best result for you and your business.

 

Planning advice during Coronavirus

 

If Councils are not holding public meetings how will my planning application be determined?

In April the Government introduced Regulations that allowed planning committees to meet remotely. The Regulations are in force until 7 May 2021. This means that as an applicant, agent, supporter or objector of an application you may be able to make representations about applications as you would have done if you had been attending in person. The meetings are usually held on Zoom with live streaming on Youtube. Planning applications will also continue to be determined under delegated powers by officers (usually the Head of the Planning department) in accordance with the Council’s constitution.

 

Is my planning appeal going to be determined?

Planning appeals continue to be determined throughout the pandemic and the Planning Inspectorate are now carrying out site visits where it is possible to ensure social distancing.

Planning appeals that are being determined at hearings or public inquiries are taking place remotely and this has been working effectively. 

The Business and Planning Act 2020 now allows planning inspectors to combine the three appeal procedures (written representations, hearing and public inquiry) where it is appropriate.  If an appeal is initially going to be determined at a hearing the inspector can direct that certain elements of the appeal should proceed by written representations.  If the appeal is initially allocated  for a public inquiry aspects of it could proceed at a hearing or using written representations. 

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