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South Worcestershire Development Plan delayed by a year!

The three South Worcestershire authorities: Malvern Hills, Wychavon and Worcester City, have announced that consultation on their ‘final’ pre-submission version of the South Worcestershire Development Plan has slipped from October 2020 to an indicative date of October 2021. The reason given for the delay is the impact of the Covid-19 restrictions which have impacted upon evidence gathering and technical work. It is anticipated that the plan would then be submitted to the Secretary of State for public Examination in February 2022 with adoption of the plan hopefully towards the end of 2022. Helen Winkler, TPP Photo - Jake Walker

Stratford-on-Avon full steam ahead on revising plans

This month Stratford-on-Avon District Council has published a revised Local Development Scheme which sets out an indicative timetable for public consultation on new planning policy documents. As early as October/November we should see consultation on the Preferred Options version of the Site Allocations Plan. The initial Issues and Options version of the Core Strategy Review is expected to be published for consultation in January/February 2021. We would be happy to assist in assessing either or both of these documents if you have any land or property interests in the District which you may wish to ensure are protected or promoted. Helen Winkler, TPP Photo - Zoltan Tasi

All Change - Use Classes

The Government has made significant changes to the Use Classes, as applying in England only, that come into force 1st September 2020. The changes (and our thoughts on these) are summarised below: Class A – The use classes generally associated with ‘town centres’ has been revoked in its entirety and the former uses moved to other classes. The key effect is that certain uses are now acceptable in principle within ‘commercial centres’ (the new Class E) whereas other, potentially nuisance uses such as public houses and hot food takeaways are now sui-generis and will require planning permission. Class B – Sub-Class B1 (Business, i.e. offices, research and development and industrial processes ac

More Ways to Housing – New Permitted Development

Coming into force on 31st August are several changes to the permitted development rights enabling the creation of additional dwellings, including by building on the top of existing flats, commercial and mixed-use buildings, and on top of existing terraced and detached dwellings. The Government has also introduced permitted development rights for the demolition of existing purpose built flats and single detached buildings in office, research and development or industrial use, or combination thereof, and their replacement with either a purpose-built detached block or flats or a detached dwelling. There are also new considerations under the existing permitted development right for creating new

Going Up! More details of upward residential extensions...

Taking effect from the 31st August 2020, the Government has introduced new permitted development rights that allow existing residential properties to be increased in height by up to two additional stories where the existing property is already two or more storeys or one additional storey where the existing property is single storey. This right does not apply to residential dwellings created by virtue of a previous conversion under permitted development rights, for example conversions from agricultural use to residential, or where additional storeys have already been added to the dwelling above the height of the dwelling as originally constructed. Furthermore, the rights do not apply to prop

UK Central Masterplan Unveiled

A masterplan prepared by Arden Cross, in partnership with Solihull Council, Urban Growth Company, West Midlands Combined Authority and HS2 was unveiled on 16 July 2020 for the 140 hectare UK Central site north of Junction 6 of the M42, Solihull. Public consultation on the proposed scheme is expected in September. It is anticipated that the site would be developed with up to 3,000 new homes and up to 6 million square feet of commercial development to provide 27,000 new jobs, together with associated open space, public realm and infrastructure. Helen Winkler Photo - Florian Steciuk

Progress on Birmingham’s important new policy document

Birmingham City Council have submitted their Development Management in Birmingham Document (DMB) and supporting documents for examination. The DMB covers a whole range of policies, including standards for residential development, Houses in Multiple Occupation, residential conversions and specialist accommodation, custom build housing, and air quality. An independent Planning Inspector will conduct the examination assessing it for soundness and legal compliance. If it is found sound and legally compliant it can be adopted and policies in the DMB would then be used to assess planning applications and make development decisions. Once adopted, the DMB will replace the ‘saved’ policies in the B

New rules from September for demolition, commercial and retail units

On 21st July 2020, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced that new laws laid in Parliament, due to come into effect from September, will mean full planning applications will not be required to demolish and rebuild unused buildings as homes. Also, commercial and retail properties will be permitted to change use without the need for planning permission in an effort to help revitalise high streets and town centres. Pubs, libraries, village shops and other buildings considered essential to communities will not be covered by the changes. In addition, homeowners will be able to add up to 2 additional storeys to their home to create new homes or more living space through a fast track approval

Reminder! Extension of time limits on existing permissions

Regular visitors to our website will recall that we alerted you that the Government was proposing an automatic extension to existing planning permissions that have not yet been implemented? Provisions are currently being fast tracked through Parliament via the Business and Planning Bill. The next key date will be 20th July Committee stage in the House of Lords. It seems likely that the Government will want this progressed before the Parliament breaks up for the summer, which is 29th July. The Bill allows the extension of planning permissions to come into force at the end of the period of 28 days from the day on which the Act is passed – so that could be in place by late August. What does thi

5 new dwellings allowed on Knowle farm

Tyler-Parkes is delighted to have secured Prior Notification Approval under the Town & Country Planning (General Permitted Development Order) 2015, for the conversion of agricultural barns at Elvers Green Farm, just outside Knowle in Solihull, to five stunning new dwellings. The barn range included agricultural buildings of two storeys in height. The conversion scheme, designed by our architects, created four 3 bedroom homes and one 2 bedroom home. We dealt with the issues that emerged during the progress of the application, including comments from Public Protection regarding noise associated with the remainder of the farm complex, and highways, in terms of the required visibility splay and

Promote land for development in the Black Country now!

The review of the Black Country Core Strategy has been delayed. According to the revised timetable, the Draft version of the renamed ‘Black Country Plan’ will now go out to consultation in summer 2021, rather than this autumn. As a result, the four local authorities - Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton - are all calling for details of potential development sites to be submitted for consideration in a review of their Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA). This evidence report will then be used to help select directions of growth and identify site allocations for development in the emerging Black Country Plan. If you have any land which you would like

Another Permission for the NHS

We are delighted to have obtained a further planning permission for the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for the use of a building in Stafford town centre for consulting rooms and offices in connection with their Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. 2-3 Tipping Street is a 2 storey terraced building on the corner of St Chads Place and Tipping Street. The site is not listed but is adjacent to Grade II St Chad’s Church. It lies within Stafford Conservation Area and inside the Primary Shopping Area. The proposal is to convert the whole of the building to counselling rooms and associated offices for use by the Trust's IAPT programme. This is an NHS service desig

The musings of a ‘lockdown’ planner…

As many of us have sat at home in our home offices, perched at the kitchen or dining room table, hovering in our child’s bedroom - or as I was told by one planner uncomfortably juggling a laptop on the bed when the battle was lost for the dining room table; I wonder what the future holds for the world of planning? How will we need to respond? In the last few days, we have had a flavour of the wonderment that is coming down the tracks in terms of changes to the planning system. The bewildering and relentless daily Government COVID-19 directions and guidance that needed to be digested; a signal of the changes that are coming. From within the four walls of my study, I have mused over the abilit

NEW PD Rights for 2-storey Upward Extensions on Apartments

A new permitted development (PD) right will allow two-storey upward extensions on purpose-built detached blocks of apartments from 1st August 2020.  The right will only apply to buildings which are currently three storeys or more in height and the extended building must not exceed 30 metres in total height. The new homes created must also be flats.  The PD right only applies to buildings built after 1 July 1948 and before 5 March 2018 and excludes those buildings which converted to use as flats under permitted development rights. It also does not include flats  within certain areas such as Conservation Areas, Listed Buildings, Sites of Special Scientific Interest etc. Other criteria for co

‘Build, Build, Build’ says Boris

Boris Johnson has announced the ‘most radical’ reforms of the planning system since the end of the Second World War, pledging to ‘build a more beautiful Britain’ and to ‘build back better, build back greener, build back faster’. Johnson said that the government will launch a planning Policy Paper in July setting out its plan for a ‘comprehensive’ reform of England’s planning system ‘to introduce a new approach that works better for our modern economy and society’. The government will also introduce a local recovery Planning White Paper ‘soon’ to include details of how the UK government will launch its National Infrastructure Plan and legislate for wider de-regulatory planning reforms. Many o

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