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Solihull Local Plan Review - New Timetable Agreed

Publication of the next iteration of the Solihull Local Plan Review (SLPR) has slipped considerably. An updated timetable was presented for consideration by Council Members at the ‘CHP Climate Change, Planning and Decision Session’ on 22nd January 2020 where it was agreed that the Council would now aim to publish the ‘final’ Draft Submission Plan for public consultation in the summer. If the Council meet this summer target, they anticipated that the SLPR would be submitted (together with all representations made in response to the public consultation) to the Secretary of State in the autumn with an independent examination taking place winter 2020/21, and adoption of the plan in spring/s

Dudley Council Consults on CIL List

We have been notified that Dudley Council are currently undertaking a formal consultation on their annual update of the CIL Regulation 123 List. The List prioritises infrastructure projects for investment. The closing date for comments on the revised List, and any requests for additional infrastructure projects to be included, is Wednesday 26th February 2020. If you wish to make a case to receive financial contributions via CIL towards a funding gap for an infrastructure project required as a result of proposed development, robust evidence will need to be provided to accompany any representation submitted before the closing date. If these changes affect you and you would like to make commen

Planning Needed for Small HMOs in Birmingham from June 2020

On Thursday 6 June 2019, Birmingham City Council published a proposal to remove the current permitted right to change the use of dwelling houses to small Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) that can accommodate up to six people without requiring planning permission. This proposed ‘Article 4 Direction’ will cover the whole of the City and means that a planning application will be required for all proposals to convert family houses to small HMO accommodating between 3 and 6 residents. The Council state that the Article 4 Direction will mean they can properly consider the implications of new HMOs that are to be created, avoid excessive concentrations of such HMOs and to continue to monitor thei

A Bumper Crop of Birmingham HMO Permissions!

We are very pleased to have secured retrospective planning permission for our Clients for 5 larger Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) in the Bournbrook area of Selly Oak, on the doorstep of the University of Birmingham. The permissions were all granted on the same day, so it was a full postbag – metaphorically speaking! Planning permission is not normally required for the change of use of private houses to small HMO (between 3 to 6 residents) but has always been required for larger HMO over 6 residents. Our Clients own and manage a number of 7 and 8 person high-quality student HMOs. We worked closely with them in preparing the planning applications and provided the Council with a robust sub

Birmingham consults on new Development Management policies

Birmingham City Council has begun a 6 week public consultation on the Development Management in Birmingham (DMB) DPD – Publication version. The DMB provides 16 detailed non-strategic detailed policies to help determine planning applications and development decisions across the whole City, supporting the strategic policies in the Birmingham Development Plan (BDP), which was adopted in 2017. Once adopted the DMB will form part of Birmingham’s Local Plan and will replace the saved 2005 Birmingham Unitary Development Plan policies. It will be key to the Council’s consideration of planning applications for relevant development. The DMB policies cover themes to reflect the key issues covered by th

Nursery approval for Henley-in-Arden

We have successfully secured prior approval in Henley-in-Arden for the change of use of 2 office units to a registered children’s nursery providing flexible day care for children from 3 months to 4 years – 54 children in total – as well as after school and holiday clubs. The site is set behind the High Street, but accessible through a pedestrian link. It comprises two separate office units within a four-unit complex, located next to Henley in Arden’s Medical Centre. Vehicle access is taken through an adjacent residential estate. We prepared the application, including providing a supporting Planning Statement, setting out how the proposed change of use conforms to the relevant regulations to

Royal Leamington Spa Neighbourhood Development Plan Consultation

Royal Leamington Spa Town Council has formally submitted the Royal Leamington Spa Neighbourhood Development Plan (RLSNDP) to Warwick District Council. It is now subject to a period of public consultation between 06 January 2020 and 17 February 2020 after which copies of all representations received will be forwarded for consideration by an independent examiner, who will review the submitted RLSNDP. If the plan is found to be legally compliant and in accordance with the ‘basic conditions’ it will be the subject of a local referendum prior to being ‘made’ (adopted). The Inspector may recommend modifications to the plan prior to the referendum. This is the last opportunity to influence polici



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