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Environment Bill - is no more ...

As the Environment Bill failed to achieve Royal Asset prior to Parliament being dissolved for the General Election, the Bill has ceased to be and its future uncertain as Bills cannot be binding on the incoming Government. The Environment Bill had sought a range of measures, including to address gaps in environmental protection following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, setting targets for key priorities, and notably for the developers the commitment to achieve a net biodiversity gain of 10% through the planning system. However, given that the Environmental Bill was unopposed at its second reading it is highly likely to return in one form or another whichever political party wins the election

Amended Approval for Green Belt Medical Centre

We reported earlier this year on our success in securing planning permission for the erection of a new 2,800 sq.m. Medical Centre located within the Green Belt to the east of Marston Green, on behalf of our Client Marston Medical Ltd. Following a review of the scheme a series of necessary alterations were identified by the Project Team, the most significant being a need to raise the roof height of the single-storey wing of the building. We were instructed to secure permission for the necessary amendments as swiftly as possible to avoid any delays to the build programme which could have had significant financial implications for the Project. To this end we quickly engaged with Solihull Counc

Permission for Children’s Care Home

We were recommended to our Client who contacted us regarding their proposal to change the use of a semi-detached house to a small care home for children. The proposal was to be our Client’s first such commercial venture and having no previous experience of the planning process they were uncertain of what would be involved. We first met to discuss and fully understand the extent of our Client’s proposals and talk them through the planning process and possible scenarios before proceeding to submit the planning application on their behalf, supported by plans and a supporting planning statement prepared by us. Throughout the planning application process, we provided regular updates to our Clien

South Worcestershire Consultation now open!

The three councils of Wychavon, Malvern Hills and Worcester have commenced public consultation on the ‘Preferred Options’ of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) review. This is an important stage in the review and seeks to show where an identified government target to build another 14,000 new homes across the SWDP area up to 2041 will take place. Public comments are invited on the proposed strategy of suggesting the development should take place: • within new or expanded towns at Worcestershire Parkway; Throckmorton Airfield; and Rushwick • 810 new homes on various sites around Worcester, 730 at Droitwich Spa, 200 in Evesham, 880 in Malvern, 600 in Pershore and 60



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