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2023 Planning News Update – Q4

As we review the progress of Q4 2023 and look forward to 2024,  we are pleased to share a collection of local and national planning updates and developments. Discover the details in our quarterly update below: National Planning The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill received Royal Assent in October 2023 and changed into the Levelling-up and Regeneration Act 2023 (LURA). While certain provisions of the Act will come into effect on 26 December 2023, there remains a significant amount that necessitates statutory legislation, which we anticipate will be introduced throughout the course of 2024. A new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published on 19 December 2023. Amongst the changes there remains a requirement for Councils with a Local Plan that is over 5 years old to identify a Five Year Housing Land Supply.  However, a Council that has a Local Plan submitted for Examination only has to show [...]

By |December 21st, 2023|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|0 Comments

Planning in Northamptonshire – updated December 2023

In April 2021 the eight existing councils in Northamptonshire were abolished and replaced by the two new councils of North Northamptonshire and West Northamptonshire. This means that Planning in Northamptonshire is now handled by the two new unitary authorities: West Northamptonshire serves the areas of Daventry District, Northampton and South Northants, and; North Northamptonshire serves Wellingborough, Kettering, Corby and East Northants. Current Local Plans in Northamptonshire include: North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy The North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy was adopted on the 14th July 2016. This is a Part 1 Local Plan for Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough.   For more information click here. The Council are reviewing their strategic planning policies through the North Northamptonshire Local Plan to take into account changes since 2016, and extend the plan period to 2041. The Plan will also cover some non-strategic matters that are set out in the Part 2 Local [...]

By |December 13th, 2023|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|0 Comments

Looking forward to 2024

As we look forward to 2024, there is an abundance of opportunities and anticipation in the air.  With continued growth in the UK Economy is the past 12 months, in excess of previous estimates, together with a fall in inflation, we can look forward to 2024 and beyond with continued growth forecast over the next 2 years. On 26 October 2023, the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill was granted royal assent, officially transforming into the Levelling-up and Regeneration Act 2023 (LURA). While certain provisions of the Act will come into effect on 26 December 2023, there remains a significant amount that necessitates statutory legislation, which we anticipate will be introduced throughout the course of 2024. This will include reform to Planning Enforcement, with revised time limits for Immunity. The response to the March 2023 revised draft National Planning Policy Framework consultation is anticipated to be published before the close of [...]

By |November 24th, 2023|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|0 Comments

2023 Planning News Update – Q3

As we step into the final quarter of 2023, the local and national planning arena has been abuzz with constant change and exciting updates during Q3. Please read some of the latest news in our quarterly update below: National Planning The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill had its final reading in the House of Lords on 21 September. The Bill will now go to the Commons for consideration of Lords amendments on Tuesday 17 October. It is hoped that the Bill will receive Royal Assent before November. An update to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is expected to follow before the end of the year. The draft Regulations for the Planning Application fee increase were laid before Parliament on 20 July 2023. They are scheduled to be considered by the House of Lords during October and expected to come into force before the end of the year. Following [...]

By |October 5th, 2023|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|0 Comments

We’re Hiring – Planning Consultant

We are excited to present an opportunity for a skilled and ambitious Planner / Senior Planner to become a part of our dynamic and proactive team based in our Bedford office. In this role, you will have the opportunity to conduct independent research, solve complex problems, collaborate with diverse clients and members of the community, and effectively communicate your case in both office and public settings, including planning appeals. As a Planner or Senior Planner, you will have gained valuable experience working in the public or private sectors within a planning context. Your expertise will extend to leading a variety of projects. You must possess at least 5 years of experience and demonstrate excellent project management skills, as you will be responsible for taking on and overseeing both major and minor projects (with support from our partners). Planners from a public or private sector background are encouraged to apply. [...]

By |September 1st, 2023|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|0 Comments

Central Bedfordshire Local Plan Review progress – November 2023

The Central Bedfordshire Local Plan Review commenced in January 2022. An update report to the Councils Sustainable Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee in September 2023 highlighted the following changes since the adoption of the current Local Plan: Updates to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), including the introduction of First Homes; The Environment Act 2021 was introduced in November 2021, including new mandatory requirements for Biodiversity Net Gain, amongst other things; New Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill published in May 2022; New guidance and requirements published for Design Guides and Design Codes; New policy on the proposed National Development Management Policies is expected be published and consulted upon after summer 2023; and A route announcement for East West Rail (EWR), as well as further timescales for the Development Consent Order (DCO) process. The Council considers that to progress with a Partial Review under the existing legislation, which would require [...]

By |August 30th, 2023|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|0 Comments
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