From a viability perspective, this question could equally be phrased the other way around.
On Saturday morning (30/01/2021), MHCLG released an open consultation on some proposed revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) as well as a new draft National Model Design Code.
On 21st July 2020, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced new and expanded Permitted Development (PD) rights which he argued would deliver much-needed new homes and revitalise town centres. The new measures were originally mooted in the Prime Minister’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ announcement back at the end of June, in which Boris Johnson promised “the most radical reforms to our planning system since the Second World War”.
So now we await a return to normality that may never really arrive. Cummings’ trip up north may have heralded a relaxation of the government’s lockdown and a move towards us being more ‘alert’ – whatever that means.
We now find ourselves experiencing a mix of weird dreams, unsettled nights, gorgeous weather, home working, home schooling, social distancing, fear for our loved ones and friends and total uncertainty over the future.
Well we’re now into a new year and new decade and the RCA team have been reflecting on the most recent consultation season at the end of 2019. At the end of the year, the team were busy preparing representations for a wide breadth of clients to represent their sites to various Local Plan Reviews at various stages.
Developers - is your planning submission and post application management process taking longer than you previously envisaged?
Would you prefer your application to be progressed quicker and more efficiently?
If you have had a planning application rejected, you may want to consider resubmitting if there is a genuine possibility of making changes to meet the requirements of the council. If you are long past that point, you may wish to consider an appeal. There are three routes to a planning appeal, and the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) have the final say in which route is taken.
Let’s begin by assuming that you have identified one or a number of potential development sites, and that you’ve already undertaken due diligence research.
Within this you will have probably addressed issues such as access, ground conditions, green infrastructure and some other key considerations.
An independent planning and development (P&D) consultant can be very helpful at this stage in terms of shaping and improving your assessment - and therefore the planning proposal that you will ultimately submit.
Here’s how they can help.