Planning policy

Planning policy guidance:

Introduction This archived Practice Note discusses the requirement in the National Planning Policy Framework as first published in 2012 (the 2012 NPPF) for housing...

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Affordable housing is housing provided to those who are struggling with their housing costs and whose housing needs are not met by the market. Affordable housing can take...

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TitleDirective 2008/50/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 May 2008 on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe* consolidated version: 18/09/2015...

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What are AONBs? Areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs) are areas of countryside in England and Wales outside national parks which are designated in recognition of...

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What is biodiversity net gain? Biodiversity net gain is a principle which aims to leave the natural environment in a measurably better state after development than...

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This Practice Note: • discusses the development of the large scale private rented sector (PRS) • considers the Government’s incentive package for Build to Rent (BTR) in...

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Context Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge levied by charging authorities in respect of development. Charging authorities are generally the local planning...

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Conservation areas are parts of localities designated under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 (P(LBCA)A 1990) as areas of special...

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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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The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out strong protections of the green belt. It notes that the government attaches great importance to green belts and...

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What is the duty to cooperate? The duty to cooperate was created by the Localism Act 2011. It places a legal duty on local planning authorities (LPAs), county councils in...

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Brexit impact As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an...

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Brexit impact As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an...

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Brexit impact As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an...

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The Law Society first issued its practice note on flood risk on 23 May 2013 due to the increasing risk properties face from flooding and the knock on effects it can have...

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Introduction The planning systems in England and Wales have become increasingly distinct in recent years, both in terms of policy and legislation. The diversification...

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The fundamental aim of green belt policy is to prevent urban sprawl by keeping land permanently open. The essential characteristics of green belts are their openness and...

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As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation...

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As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation...

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As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation...

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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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What are the optional technical housing standards? In March 2015, following consultation on accessible design standards, the government issued policy in the form of a...

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Brexit impact As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an...

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STOP PRESS: The government had laid before Parliament the draft Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) (England) (No 2) Regulations 2019, which, once made, will amend...

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Purpose of listing The main purpose of listing is to protect the building and its surroundings from changes which materially alter the importance of the...

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Purpose of listing The main purpose of listing is to protect buildings of special architectural or historic interest and their surroundings from changes which materially...

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