With over fifty years' experience in interpreting local and national planning policies, we have deep expertise throughout the entire planning life-cycle. As one of the largest planning consultancies in the UK and Ireland, we work collaboratively with our clients from our network of regional offices to provide workable solutions to complex issues.
Making it easy for clients to navigate the planning process, our end-to-end expertise covers:
Development planning - delivering permissions and approvals for projects across all sectors of development.
Strategic planning - placing our client's future projects in the development plan for an area or region to be delivered during the next 10,15 or 20 years.
Our planning expertise is supported by our in-house environmental, transport and heritage specialists to provide a comprehensive planning and environmental consultancy service.
On the 1st September 2020 amendments to the planning Use Classes Order came into effect throughout England. Jonathan Waugh, Associate Director in our London planning team, explains the changes, opportunities, restrictions and unintended consequences this may bring.
As part of the review of the Government’s standard method we have been presented with a new formula which, on the face of things, looks to be a vast improvement on its older brother from the 2018 Framework. England now actually has a national housing target which could deliver on the aims of 300,000 homes a year – however the success will be very much determined by how issues such as cross-boundary need and the Green Belt are dealt with. The method isn’t without its flaws and, as explored by Cameron Austin-Fell below, there are some refinements which would greatly benefit a fair and balanced plan for growth.
On the 6th August 2020, the Government issued its long-awaited White Paper for consultation on its planned future reforms of the planning system; the aim being to streamline and modernise the planning process, bring a new focus to design and sustainability, improve the system of developer contributions to infrastructure and ensure more land is available for development where it is needed. In this article I will concentrate on the third out of five proposals for reform - to bring a new focus on design and sustainability.
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