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Government Planning Policy for revitalising high streets and town centres

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has set out measures to ensure that article 4 directions are used in a ‘targeted way’ to protect the ‘thriving core of historic high street areas’ but do not restrict the delivery of housing through permitted development rights (PDRs). In a written statement, he says the policy will apply to all article 4 directions in England. “As part of our ongoing measures to...
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The Government has published ‘The Future of the Planning System in England’ (see below)

There are some items which are of especial interest:   Housing, Communities, and Local Government (HCLG) Select Committee.  The HCLG Committee has published its report on The Future of the Planning System in England   MHCLG has published a video to support the National Model Design Code.    From the Secretary,...
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Planning and other legislation news

LEGISLATION AND MATTERS ARISING Secondary Legislation • The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 were introduced on 27 May 2021. Full details of the draft legislation can be found here. Written Ministerial Statements • The Housing Minister has laid an Affordable Housing Update Written...
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Government’s Planning Reforms criticised by MPs

An influential group of MPs has slammed the government’s proposed reforms of the planning system, calling on ministers to think again about the proposed new “zonal” approach and ensure the public has a right to influence all individual applications. The report by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee also called on the government to allow councils to levy council tax on unbuilt...
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May 2021 Newsletter

Please find attached the NORA Newsletter for May 2021. Newsletter May 2021 As you will no doubt be aware, the Queen’s Speech on May 11th contained details of the Government’s proposals for the changes in Planning Legislation.    It is anticipated that the Bill will be presented to Parliament in the Autumn. The debate following the Queen’s Speech is now available in Hansard.   ...
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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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