Strategy for the Oxford-Cambridge (OxCam) Arc

The government are proposing a strategic approach to planning for growth and infrastructure to realise the economic and cultural potential of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and transform it into one of the world’s premier growth corridors and a world-leader in sustainability. The government have now launched the Creating a vision for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc consultation. This consultation is being undertaken to inform the approach to the future of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, which has been identified by the government as a key economic priority and which spans the five counties of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.  The consultation seeks views to help create a vision for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc Spatial Framework, and in doing so guide the future growth of the area to 2050. The government want to use the Spatial Framework to make sure that we build places that the Arc needs to support sustainable growth, and that communities will enjoy [...]

By |July 30th, 2021|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|0 Comments

Central Bedfordshire Local Plan declared sound and adopted

The Central Bedfordshire Local Plan was submitted to the government for examination in April 2018. Two Inspectors appointed to examine the Local Plan held hearing sessions between 21 May and 25 July 2019 and 8 December and 18 December 2020. The Inspectors have now published their Final Report which can be viewed here. Overall, the Inspectors have concluded that with the recommended modifications the Plan satisfies the requirements of Section 20(5) of the 2004 Act and meets the criteria for soundness in the Framework. Central Bedfordshire reported to Executive and Full Council on 22 July and the plan has now been adopted. The Local Plan is now available on the Council’s website and carries full weight in the determination of planning applications. If you would like to know how the Central Bedfordshire Local Plan affects your land please contact us now for further advice.

By |July 16th, 2021|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|0 Comments

2021 Planning News Update – Q2

As we approach the end of Q2, 2021 continues to be an interesting year for Town Planning in the UK. News and updates are set out in our quarterly update below: National Planning The Planning Bill, announced in the Queen's Speech in May, is expected to go before Parliament in the Autumn and builds on the Planning for The Future white paper published last summer. New Permitted Development rights for the change from Class E uses to dwellings were published in March 2021 and come into effect on 1 August 2021. First Homes – a new affordable housing scheme will become part of the planning system from the end of June 2021. The Environment Bill returned to parliament in May and continues its way through Parliament. Local Plan Update Central Bedfordshire Local Plan The Main Modifications consultation ended on 5th May 2021. The consultation responses have now been forwarded [...]

By |June 25th, 2021|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|0 Comments

First Homes – the new affordable housing scheme

From 28 June 2021 First Homes will be part of the Planning System.  This change to National Planning Policy requires that at least 25% of all affordable homes delivered through developer contributions should be sold as First Homes. First Homes are discounted market sale units which: a) must be discounted by a minimum of 30% against the market value; b) are sold to first time buyers from households with a combined annual income under £80,000 (or £90,000 in Greater London) and are only available with a mortgage to be used as a sole or primary residence. c) on their first sale, will have a restriction registered on the title at HM Land Registry to ensure this discount (as a percentage of current market value) and certain other restrictions are passed on at each subsequent title transfer; and, d) after the discount has been applied, the first sale must be [...]

By |June 11th, 2021|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|0 Comments

Class E and Permitted Development rights for change of use

New Permitted Development rights for the change from Class E uses to dwellings has now been published. In September 2020 Use Class E (Commercial, Business and Service) was introduced.  This includes: E(a) Display or retail sale of goods, other than hot food E(b) Sale of food and drink for consumption (mostly) on the premises E(c) Provision of: E(c)(i) Financial services, E(c)(ii) Professional services (other than health or medical services), or E(c)(iii) Other appropriate services in a commercial, business or service locality E(d) Indoor sport, recreation or fitness (not involving motorised vehicles or firearms) E(e) Provision of medical or health services (except the use of premises attached to the residence of the consultant or practitioner) E(f) Creche, day nursery or day centre (not including a residential use) E(g) Uses which can be carried out in a residential area without detriment to its amenity: E(g)(i) Offices to carry out any operational or administrative functions, E(g)(ii) Research and development of products or processes E(g)(iii) Industrial processes [...]

By |April 15th, 2021|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|1 Comment

Consultation for the Bedford to Cambridge section of East West Rail

The East West Rail (EWR) Project has launched a consultation on the proposals for this once in a generation opportunity to provide frequent, fast and reliable rail links for communities between Oxford, Milton Keynes, Bedford and Cambridge, connecting people with the things that matter most to them.  This will provide the local transport connectivity across the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford growth arc (CaMkOx). The public consultation includes: Options for new stations at Bedford, to support regeneration in the town centre, as well as at Bedford St Johns and supporting infrastructure; Five route alignment options for the section of East West Rail between Bedford and Cambridge, with an emerging preference for alignments via Cambourne North. The East West Rail route has been divided into sections to help focus on the most important questions in each area. Section A: Oxford to Bicester - improvements to the existing railway and stations Section B: [...]

By |April 1st, 2021|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|0 Comments
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