Planning

'Land-banking is a myth that just won't be debunked'

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Sir Oliver Letwin’s housing review was set up to look into the gap between housing completions and the amount of land which has received permission for housing. The most common reason being mooted for the huge difference is that developers are land banking sites in order to ‘drip feed’ houses on to the market and keep prices high. More …

Oaklands Appeal for Greenbelt/MOL development allowed

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In the recent appeal of Oaklands College and Taylor Wimpey Homes against a refusal by St Alban's City and District Council (reference APP/B1930/W/15/3051164), the Secretary of State allowed a development scheme within Metropolitan Open Land/Green Belt because the harm was outweighed by significant other benefits. More …

Autumn Budget 2017 – what does this mean for planning?

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Earlier today the Chancellor of the Exchequer revealed the Government's Autumn Budget. The More …

Brexit: Solving the housing crisis?

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Blake Morgan planning Partner Sara Hanrahan’s comments on proposals that more housing should be built in affluent areas are included in The Times law today. More …

Outline planning consent granted for Swansea city centre regeneration

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In April, Blake Morgan advised the City and County of Swansea in relation to the submission of if its application to regenerate the city centre. More …

Blake Morgan acts in crucial Court of Appeal parking permits case: R (Khodari) v RBKC

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This case looks at the lawfulness and enforceability of the inclusion of "permit-free" obligations within Section 106 Agreements which seek to restrict future occupants from applying for a permit to park on the highway. More …

Pop-up Planning series continues with joint event on basement extensions

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Our popular Pop-up Planning series continued with an exploration of basement extensions Wednesday night. More …

Blake Morgan advise on Swansea city centre development

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Blake Morgan's planning team were pleased to assist the Council of the City in the submission of an application that will see the most coherent redevelopment of the city centre since gaining city status in 1969. More …

The Planning court: two years on

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The Planning Court, a specialist court introduced to deal with reviews and challenges involving planning matters, has been operational for two years as of 6 April 2016. More …

No relief for developers, the 3% SDLT surcharge

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As promised by the Chancellor, the stamp duty land tax 3% surcharge on "additional" residential properties acquired will come into force on April 1 2016, but disappointingly residential developers have not been given a relief from this extra cost More …