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?

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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.

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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.

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Let’s start by looking at what grants are out there and who provides them.

The first thing to understand is, that there is no single, UK brownfield grant that developers can apply for.

They vary on a sub-regional basis.

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As a developer you’ll want to have the best possible relationships with local authorities, landowners and local residents near to (and possibly even occupying) the site you want to develop.

This blog will help you do this.

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Preparing a strong viability case to support your planning application is not a straightforward process and requires the right type of support.  If you are considering submitting a viability case in respect of your scheme, you may want to seek advice from a specialist viability consultant who can help you and who will consider the following key issues.

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Achieving planning consent is not just about what your scheme looks like, it is about a lot more.  The context within which your application is submitted is incredibly important. That’s why it’s important to get the right a
dvice and that’s why you may need to work with a planning consultant.

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The Statutory Instrument with respect to an increase in planning fees was made on 20th December 2017 and comes into force on 17th January 2018. Planning fees are to increase by 20%. The Statutory Instrument has also introduced a fee for the submission of a Permission in Principle application. The Town and Country Planning (Permission in Principle) (Amendment) Order 2017 was made on 19th December 2017 and comes into force on the 1st
 June 2018. This introduces secondary legislation that allows landowners and developers to apply for a Permission in Principle, or Pip, rather than the only current mechanism for this being through Local Planning Authorities granting the Pip under Part 2 of the brownfield land register.

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Much excitement and confusion amongst those long suffering Civil Servants at the Highways Agency when the much touted Infrastructure Act finally went through, confirming the end of the Executive Agency concerned with the Strategic Road Network. From now on Highways England is to be an ‘arms length’ organisation which will operate in a similar manner to that other UK ‘not for profit’ monolith; Network Rail.

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RCA Regeneration has been assisting major housebuilder Bellway to keep its scheme at the site of the former Sherwood Colliery in Mansfield Woodhouse firmly on track. Bellway is one of the largest housebuilders in the country with operations spanning the length and breadth of the United Kingdom.

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