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MHCLG appoint Commonplace to help reimagine planning notices.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and Innovation UK have appointed Commonplace to help reimagine planning notices. More than 400,000 planning applications are submitted in England every year, and local planning authorities are required to notify the public and neighbours of each one – including through site notices or in local newspapers. Commonplace, a digital...
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Planning rules will be relaxed to turn empty High St shops into flats

Planning restrictions will be relaxed so empty shops can be converted more easily Full planning applications will no longer be required to convert shops It will become easier to change empty business spaces into cafes or restaurants  The package of planning measures will also introduce a ‘fast track’ scheme A new drive to revitalise high streets and town centres hollowed out by the Covid...
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Emerging legislation and written ministerial statement on planning and hospitality

LEGISLATION AND MATTERS ARISING Written Ministerial Statements • Secretary of State for the MHCLG, Robert Jenrick gave a Written Ministerial Statement on Planning and Hospitality to extend some of the Permitted Development Rights including pavement licences to help high streets recover. Emerging Legislation Government Bills • Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill 2019-20: amongst other things the Bill...
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March Newsletter and a Guide for residents about online scams

From the Secretary of NORA The NORA March Newsletter: Newsletter March 2021 A Guide for Residents about Online Scams: SCams etc   ———————————————–
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NORA’s response to the National Planning Policy Framework Draft

Dear Member, Please find attached NORA’s Response To The National Planning Policy Framework Draft Text And The National Model Design Code: NORA response final draft 110321 The salient points and comments have been collated from contributions and comments received and from the previous Responses to the Beautiful Building Better, Building Beautiful Consultation, the Changes to The Current...
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Chief Planning Officer for England outlines planning proposals to local Chief Planners

AVERLEY OUTLINES PLANNING PROPOSALS TO LOCAL CHIEF PLANNERS England’s chief planner has outlined the Government’s proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and given local authorities the opportunity to apply for funding under a pilot programme to apply design coding in their areas. Proposed changes to the NPPF would see the framework place “greater emphasis” on beauty...
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The end of the leasehold trap?

    THE END OF THE LEASEHOLD TRAP? AN EXPLANATION OF THE NEW LAWS BEING INTRODUCED TO PROTECT LEASEHOLDERS The ‘scandalous pitfalls of leasehold’ will be banished under new legislation Homeowners will be able to extend leases up to 990 years at zero ground rent Leaseholders call for no delays on implementing the new legislation The end of toxic leaseholds has been announced...
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