Sequential test completed, accepted by the LPA and application approved.

I have just completed a sequential test to support an application for the change of use of a retail unit to a children’s play centre.  The specific requirements of a unit needed to accommodate play equipment such as slides and viability issues were two of the key reasons why many of the alternative units on […]

Feeling victorious….

I’ve been heavily involved with an objection to a residential development.  The proposal was for 20 houses on the only remaining green space in a small village adjacent to and affecting the setting of two grade II listed buildings.  The Local Planning Authority placed a huge amount of weight on the fact that the council […]

Andy Burnham’s thoughts on how councils can secure more affordable homes

Andy Burnham, the keynote speaker, at yesterday’s event provided an articulate and positive overview of how he hopes to deliver “the right homes in the right places” in Greater Manchester.   He wants a radical re-write of the  Spatial Strategy and for him it is essential that this re-write is underpinned by a thorough understanding […]

Supreme Court Issues Ruling on Paragraphs 49 and 14 of the NPPF

So here it is, the highly anticipated Supreme Court judgment on the interpretation and legal status of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Yes, the planning permissions were upheld, but the court took a narrow interpretation of the NPPF policy and made it clear that the development plan reigns supreme when it comes to decision […]