Planning in Suffolk – updated February 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. 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 following Local Plans: Suffolk Coastal Local Plan which was adopted [...]

By |February 19th, 2024|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|0 Comments

Chilterns Beechwoods SAC Mitigation – updated February 2024

In March 2022 Natural England announced emerging evidence which identified significant recreational pressure on Chilterns Beechwoods Special Area of Conservation (SAC), more specifically Ashridge Commons and Woods Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) component. Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) which were identified as partly or wholly with the 12.6km Zone of Influence (ZOI) were contacted and asked to find a strategy to mitigate the impacts of future residiential developments on the Chiltern Beechwoods. The following LPAs are working together to provide a solution: Buckinghamshire Council(Aylesbury Vale and Chilterns Districts); Central Bedfordshire Council; Dacorum Borough Council; St Albans City and District Council; Dacorum Borough Council have now produced a mitigation strategy and associated processes to satisfy the requirements of the Habitats Directive. The mitigation strategy includes the following elements: 1. Strategic Access Management and Monitoring (SAMM) 2. Identification of SANG sites to provide compensation 3. Identification of a Gateway Project Strategic Access [...]

By |February 7th, 2024|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|0 Comments

Planning in Hertfordshire – updated February 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 |February 2nd, 2024|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|0 Comments

Planning in Buckinghamshire – updated January 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 in [...]

By |January 12th, 2024|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|0 Comments

Planning in Cambridgeshire – updated January 2024

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is made up of eight founding members across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. In 2016, all eight organisations agreed to pursue the devolution deal made with Central Government and the first official meeting of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority took place in March 2017.  The Authority have prepared a non-statutory Strategic Spatial Framework which defines their immediate priorities for sustainable growth. 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 [...]

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

Planning in Bedfordshire – updated December 2023

Woburn Abbey has been the family home of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford for nearly 400 years. Planning in Bedfordshire is administered by three unitary authorities: Borough of Bedford, Central Bedfordshire and Borough of Luton, after Bedfordshire County Council was abolished in 2009. The current Strategic Planning position in Bedfordshire is as follows: Bedford Borough The Local Plan 2030 was adopted in January 2020 and sets out how much growth there should be in the borough (housing, jobs and associated infrastructure) up to 2030 and where it should take place. In some settlements the Council is now looking to Neighbourhood Plans to allocate housing sites, generally in and around the defined Settlement Policy Area boundaries. The Bedford Borough Allocations and Designations Local Plan was adopted in July 2013 and covers the period until 2021.  The Plan identifies sites for development to meet the Council’s needs to 2021. A number of other supplementary documents form the basis [...]

By |December 29th, 2023|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|0 Comments
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