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My Predictions for Planning in the Post COVID-19 World

Clearly COVID-19 is having an unprecedented and far reaching effect on everyone’s lives – their health (both mental and physical), home, work, travel, leisure, and social lives.  But what might the lasting impact be on planning and development into the future? Could this be a golden opportunity for reviewing your work and living space options? Reconfiguring, converting, extending, installing incidental buildings, and/or redeveloping your physical assets are all on the table. Making the right choices now for the post COVID-19 future could ensure you are ahead of the game to maximise your financial returns on land and/or premises. Well thought through planning and development options could als

First Phase in HTM Redevelopment Project Approved

This is the second planning permission we have recently achieved for this highway management company; the first was the expansion of their existing depot on Tyburn Road and this latest consent for the demolition of a vacant car showroom and the temporary use of the site, also on Tyburn Road, as a depot to facilitate these works. This is only the first phase in our client’s plans for the site and we are really pleased to be supporting this locally based company in their exciting plans for the future. Planning permission was granted in April 2020.

Even More Changes in Planning - Including CIL Deferments

On 12th May 2020, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced the introduction of additional new guidance, regulations and measures to enable the English planning system to better respond to the needs of developers and the need for development to be encouraged during the Coronavirus pandemic. The most recent changes include: Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL): Regulations are to be introduced to temporarily allow small and medium sized developers with an annual turnover of less than £45 million to defer CIL payments to councils to assist with cash flow, while ensuring communities still receive funding towards local infrastructure in the longer term. The new regulations will temporarily dis

Good News for the NHS!

We are delighted to have obtained planning permission for the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for the use of the upper floors of a listed building in the centre of Newcastle Under Lyme for consulting rooms and offices in connection with their Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. Lancaster Building is a complex of inter-war shops and offices and Grade II listed. The building retains a large quantity of original features, particularly to the ground floor shop fronts. The building is situated within the Newcastle-under-Lyme Town Centre Conservation Area. It is proposed to provide 67 office desks on the first floor and 51 office desk positions on the second flo



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