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Some Things in Life are Guaranteed to be Satisfying

Some things in life are guaranteed to be satisfying, like having some down-time after a hard week, taking off high heels at the end of the day, getting into a freshly made bed and receiving good service. ‘Client satisfaction’ is a term frequently used as a measure of how products and services supplied by a… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The world is mad and I have evidence

I went to the pub last week for a pint of Harveys to keep my liquid intake up and someone said I like your blogs but they have been a bit to ‘legal’ recently without enough mentions of Mrs B! Mrs B also has had an email fan letter from a client! This of course… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Opposition Move to control Betting Shops defeated in the Localism Bill

Amendments to the Localism Bill continue to be examined at committee stage in the House of Lords today. New clauses were introduced which would make changes to the planning category of betting shops. It is argued that the gambling industry and bookmakers in particular are flouting the gambling rules. Establishments are opening up across London… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Planning Services in the New National Park

The New National Park took over from 1 April 2011 as the planning authority which will include planning permissions, planning policies and enforcement, minerals and waste. It is entering into agreements with the 15 local planning authorities which would include all planning authorities in East Sussex whereby they will probably continue to decide 98% of… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Update on the Localism Bill: 23 June 2011: Powers and Standards of Local Councils

This is of great interest to developers and the general public as it affects the scope of the local council’ powers, and how members conduct themselves when determining planning applications. The Bill has been through the House of Lords committee stage, and has undergone several amendments. Local authority Powers  Following debate at committee stage, the… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

DCLG publishes draft presumption in favour of sustainable development

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published its draft presumption in favour of sustainable development, which will underpin future planning policy. The draft presumption states: “There is a presumption in favour of sustainable development at the heart of the planning system, which should be central to the approach taken to both plan-making… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

CALA Homes Decision

The Court of Appeal in R (Cala Homes (South) Ltd) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and another [2011] EWCA Civ 639 (27 May 2011), has decided that the proposal to abolish regional spatial strategies (RSS) was capable of being a “material consideration” for the purpose of determining planning applications and appeals. Cala… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Localism Bill is on its was to the House of Lords

The Localism Bill to reform the planning system is now on its way to the House of Lords. Many of the proposed amendments have fallen, and the controversial financial incentive (the New Homes Bonus) to local communities who promote new homes in their area has survived the Commons stage. However Neighbourhood forums, the bodies who will take decisions on local… Read the rest of this post (1 Comment)

Councils in rural areas to change their planning policies

The Government has suggested to Councils in rural areas that they change their planning policies so that redundant farm buildings can be converted to residential use without first insisting on employment reuse. The Government has asked Councils, which in East Sussex will include Wealden, Rother and Lewes District Councils where there may be a high demand for homes in rural areas to consider revising their… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Village green registration defeated by permission to develop appropriated land

The High Court has held that notwithstanding registration of land as a village green under the Commons Act 2006, a developer could develop its land pursuant to planning permission granted by the council where the council had previously appropriated the land under section 241 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. The case is… Read the rest of this post (1 Comment)