Planning applications and decisions

Planning applications and decisions guidance:

Who can apply? Anyone can make a planning application; the applicant does not need to own the land. Full or outline planning applications Outline planning applications An...

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Scope of bias and pre-determination in planning cases Bias and pre-determination can be an issue in planning cases where a local planning authority (LPA) is determining a...

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What is a 'called-in application'? Most planning applications and applications for listed building consent are decided locally by the relevant local planning authority...

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What is a design and access statement? A design and access statement (DAS) is a concise report accompanying certain applications for planning permission and listed...

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Role of material considerations in planning decisions When considering an application for planning permission or permission in principle, section 70(2) of the Town and...

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Statutory requirement to have regard to the development plan in planning application decisions When considering an application for planning permission or permission in...

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Legislation and guidance The statutory requirements relating to the determination of planning applications are set out in: • the Town and Country Planning (Development...

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Conditions requiring further approval of details Planning Practice Guidance on the use of planning conditions (the PPG) stresses that local planning authorities (LPAs)...

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What are reserved matters? An outline planning permission provides a decision on the general principles of how a site can be developed. Outline planning permission is...

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Brexit impact This content is likely to be impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. For further information on the implications of leaving the EU for planning law and...

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Brexit impact This content is likely to be impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. For further information on the implications of leaving the EU for planning law and...

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Statutory duty to consider heritage impacts in determining planning applications Section 66 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 (P(LBCA)A...

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Local authorities are not immune from having to obtain planning permission to develop land. The grant of planning permission by any local authority to itself has always...

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The Planning Act 2008 (PA 2008) received Royal Assent on 26 November 2008. PA 2008 reformed the planning application process in England and Wales to provide a faster and...

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What is permission in principle (PiP)? The Housing and Planning Act 2016 (HPA 2016) introduced PiP, a type of automatic consent for housing-led development...

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Consultation requirements for planning applications After a local planning authority (LPA) has received a planning application, it must undertake a period of consultation...

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Planning-related fees are charged so that developers, rather than taxpayers in general, meet the costs incurred by local planning authorities (LPAs) in determining...

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What is a planning performance agreement? Planning performance agreements (PPA) are optional memorandum of understanding or agreements between an applicant for planning...

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What are planning use swaps and how do they arise? There are no specific laws relating to planning use swaps. The need for use swaps can arise where some local planning...

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What is twin-tracking? Tactical or ‘twin-tracked’ planning applications refers to the process of submitting more than one planning application to a local planning...

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Circumstances in which the duty to give reasons for planning decisions arises In 2013, the duty to give reasons for the grant of planning permission by local planning...

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Interpreting planning permission post Trump and Ashford Interpreting planning permission by reference to application documents and extrinsic material Legal principles The...

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Brexit impact This content is likely to be impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. For further information on the implications of leaving the EU for planning law and...

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Contents • Context • Overview of viability in planning • National planning policy and guidance • Viability assessments in practice • Appeals • Section 106 planning...

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