Planning in Suffolk – updated May 2024

Suffolk County Council are responsible for planning for minerals, waste, and county council developments such as schools and fire stations. Current Local Plans in Suffolk include: Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council Part 1 of the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan was adopted by Mid Suffolk District Council on 20 November 2023 and by Babergh District Council on 21 November 2023. A live online Policies Map supports the Joint Local Plan Part 1 and can be accessed here. A Call for Sites closed on 2 February 2024 and the Councils have published sites submitted during this period. The first public consultation on the Part 2 Local Plan is due in Spring 2024.  Further updates can be found on the Councils website. East Suffolk Council On 1 April 2019, East Suffolk Council was formed from the former Suffolk Coastal and Waveney Councils. The area is covered by the [...]

By |May 24th, 2024|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|0 Comments

Central Bedfordshire Local Plan Review progress – May 2024

Central Bedfordshire are progressing a Full Local Plan Review in accordance with the revised Local Development Scheme (LDS)  under the new legislation.  The LDS sets out the high-level timeframe for the development of an updated Local Plan. At a recent launch event the Council shared the following key milestones: Informal/non-statutory engagement and evidence review:  Currently in progress Early public and stakeholder engagement - Issues and Options: June 2024 – Sept 2024 Call for Sites: End of 2024 Outcomes of evidence, site assessment, drafting of plan - Jan - Dec 2025 Public and stakeholder engagement - Draft Local Plan Formal Consultation (Regulation 18): February 2026 – April 2026. Publication of the proposed submission (Pre-Submission) plan for representations (Regulation 19): September 2027 – October 2027. Submission of Plan to Secretary of State for Examination (Reg 22): February 2028 Examination Period: March 2028 – August 2028. Inspector’s Report: September 2028 Adoption: December [...]

By |May 16th, 2024|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|0 Comments

Planning in Hertfordshire – updated May 2024

Hertfordshire County Council are responsible for planning for waste, minerals (mostly sand and gravel quarries) and for services they provide like schools, libraries and roads. However they are working on a joint strategic plan for South West Hertfordshire together with: Dacorum Borough Council St Albans City and District Council Three Rivers District Council Watford Borough Council Hertsmere Borough Council The Joint Strategic Plan (JSP) will provide a long-term blueprint for the area to 2050. It will be able to consider and address issues that cross council boundaries and set out a strategic vision for the area. It will also help guide future plans and strategies by setting out high level policies on topics such as climate change, infrastructure, environmental protection, employment and housing. The draft Vision and Objectives of the SW Herts Joint Strategic Plan 2050 consultation closed in November 2022.  The comments received are currently being reviewed and [...]

By |May 10th, 2024|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|1 Comment

Planning in Buckinghamshire – updated May 2024

Planning in Buckinghamshire offers great opportunities due to its location with Greater London to the south-east, Berkshire to the south, Oxfordshire to the west, Northamptonshire to the north, Bedfordshire to the north-east and Hertfordshire to the east, together with its position in the Oxford to Cambridge (OxCam) Arc. Buckinghamshire is one of the home counties with towns such as High Wycombe, Amersham, Chesham and the Chalfonts in the east and southeast of the county forming some of the most densely populated parts of the county. Development in this region is restricted by the Metropolitan Green Belt and the Chilterns AONB. Other large settlements include the county town of Aylesbury, Marlow in the south near the Thames and Princes Risborough in the west near Oxford. The areas around the old county town of Buckingham and near Olney in the northeast, are much less populous. The largest town is Milton Keynes [...]

By |May 3rd, 2024|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|0 Comments

2024 Planning News Update – Q1

In Q1 2024 there have been further local and national planning updates and developments. Discover the details in our quarterly update below: National Planning Although certain provisions of the Levelling-up and Regeneration Act 2023 (LURA) came into effect in December 2023 and January 2024, there remains a significant amount that necessitates statutory legislation and is expected to be introduced throughout 2024. The 10% Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) regulations came into effect on 12 February 2024. and Biodiversity Net Gain for small sites from 2 April 2024. There have been recent changes to the Permitted Development regulations for Class MA (commercial (Class E) to residential (Class C3) which includes deletion of the following requirements: the 1,500sqm maximum floorspace and; the three-month vacancy requirements. Two current consultations seek views on: Further changes to pd for upward extensions and demolition of certain buildings to rebuild as homes (and installation of air source [...]

By |April 9th, 2024|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|0 Comments

Planning in Cambridgeshire – updated April 2024

On 3 March 2017, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority was established as a Mayoral Combined Authority for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area. The Combined Authority works with the local councils, the Business Board (Local Enterprise Partnership), local public services, Government departments and agencies, universities and businesses to grow the local and national economy. Local government is divided between Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, which is a separate unitary authority. Under the county council, there are five district councils, Cambridge City Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council and Fenland District Council. The current Strategic Planning position in Cambridgeshire is as follows: Peterborough City Council The Peterborough Local Plan was adopted on 24 July 2019. This is a statutory Local Plan which sets out the overall approach to development in Peterborough to 2036 and beyond. The Council have now commenced a Local Plan Review 2023-44 to replace the current Local Plan.  The Council consulted [...]

By |April 5th, 2024|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|0 Comments
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