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Planning policy issues around golf course redevelopment (Part 2)

Planning policy issues around golf course redevelopment (Part 2)

As discussed in Part 1 ‘Golf course redevelopment or diversification‘, variable factors and influences are leading to the closure of golf courses across Britain for alternative uses or their diversification to ensure they remain viable in the current and foreseeable economic landscape. Planning Policy context Achieving an alternative or diversified use requires careful consideration of… Read more »

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Golf Course Redevelopment or Diversification Planning (Part 1)

Golf Course Redevelopment or Diversification Planning (Part 1)

Golf course redevelopment or diversification are anxious considerations being given by some golf course owners and investors. Golf clubs all over Britain, many dating back over a century, are closing at an alarming rate. Changing social and economic trends have led to reduced participation and memberships levels at some clubs. Golf course redevelopment or diversification… Read more »

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Coronavirus – Keeping the planning system moving and participation in decision making

Coronavirus – Keeping the planning system moving and participation in decision making

New legislation and guidance continue to emerge, seeking to ensure the continued progress of planning applications through the different stages of the planning system. Planning system changes We set out below the changes, whether temporary or permanent, that have been put in place regarding the planning system since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic. An… Read more »

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COVID-19 and the planning system – new legislation to support businesses and developers

COVID-19 and the planning system – new legislation to support businesses and developers

COVID-19 has impacted the planning system and left many in a state of uncertainty.   New legislation to support businesses and developers in view of COVID-19 New legislation and guidance continue to emerge, seeking to support businesses and developers through this period. Changes of use for restaurants, cafes and drinking establishments Legislation allowing a temporary change… Read more »

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Granny annexes – What to consider

Granny annexes – What to consider

Granny annexes can be a popular option and can provide valuable extra space to accommodate additional family members, for example older relatives or adult children. If you are considering adding to your property to make more room, perhaps for existing occupants or to provide a home for other members of your family, this could be… Read more »

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Anaerobic digestion: Resurgence – A Southern England perspective

Anaerobic digestion: Resurgence – A Southern England perspective

Anaerobic digestion (AD) is clearly a topic that needs re-visiting. The government’s Waste and Resource Strategy estimates that around 10 million tonnes of food and drink waste (post-farm gate) is produced annually, with households – according to the Waste and Resources Action Programme group (WRAP) – being responsible for around 6.5 million tonnes of this…. Read more »

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Planning for the future

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Planning for the future

In these strange and unprecedented times, many businesses are unable to continue to operate in their usual way. Whilst we do not know exactly what the future holds, or how long the current situation may last, this period offers time to plan ahead and consider future options for when normal service resumes. Business owners may… Read more »

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Planning permission cannot be bought!

Planning permission cannot be bought!

It will hopefully not come as a surprise that the Supreme Court have restated the position that planning cannot be bought. R (on the application of Wright) v Resilient Energy Severndale Ltd and Forest of Dean District Council. Here, the Council had granted permission for a change of use of a farm from agriculture to… Read more »

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Modifying historic covenants

Modifying historic covenants

The question of modifying historic covenants (whether freehold or leasehold) has been addressed in blogs in recent months and years. They are an issue which constantly come to the fore. Section 84 of the Law of Property Act 1925 can in some circumstances be used to modify historic covenants. This section is often applied in… Read more »

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Can you name 3 traits of a successful planning application?

Can you name 3 traits of a successful planning application?

Three recurring traits to successful planning applications: Planning consultancy and planning legal advice having been sought by applicants at the very outset of their internal discussions around potential new development ideas. Research in to people’s attitudes towards different types of developments having been considered by applicants at the very outset of their projects. Meaningful consultation… Read more »

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Promotion Agreements: Definitive Guide

Promotion Agreements: Definitive Guide

Introduction When land is ripe for redevelopment there are various options open to a landowner as to how to maximise return on the property. But which is best? The low-cost option could be for the landowner to obtain planning itself and appoint a builder to build out. However, the landowner may not have the necessary… Read more »

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Quality of seasonal migrant workers’ accommodation vital in attracting and retaining labour

Quality of seasonal migrant workers’ accommodation vital in attracting and retaining labour

The UK’s agriculture, horticulture, dairy and meat processing sectors are heavily dependent on seasonal migrant workers but are finding it increasingly difficult to source and retain their services. Changes in the exchange rate, improving unemployment rates elsewhere and increased competition from labour providers in other EU countries are some of the many reasons why UK… Read more »

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Overage agreement triggers

Overage agreement triggers

Overage agreements, option agreements and conditional planning agreements often provide that obligations are conditional on the grant of planning. The trigger to the relevant step or payment will often be the grant of planning free of onerous planning conditions (i.e. focusing solely on the planning permission and related planning agreements). The recent Court of Appeal… Read more »

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The danger of not taking restrictive covenants seriously

The danger of not taking restrictive covenants seriously

In our blog posted in January 2017 we reported on the decision of the Upper Tribunal regarding an application to modify restrictive covenants which prohibited land being used for any purpose other than the parking of vehicles. The Upper Tribunal concluded public interest outweighed all other factors and it wouldn’t be sensible to allow the… Read more »

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Planning consultancy advice around former bank or building society buildings

Planning consultancy advice around former bank or building society buildings

My previous blog on this subject set out some of the important considerations to consider if contemplating planning applications involving former bank or building society buildings. With the continued changes to the face of our high streets, as I saw interestingly illustrated in the Bank of England’s Future Forum’s post ‘How the British High Street has… Read more »

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Government consults on the treatment of electricity storage within the planning system

Government consults on the treatment of electricity storage within the planning system

For those of you who might not have seen it, The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced a consultation on changes to the treatment of electricity storage within the planning system. The consultation closes at 11:45pm on 25 March 2019 and relates to England only. Full details can be found here…. Read more »

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World Town Planning Day Post Autumn Budget Planning Review

World Town Planning Day Post Autumn Budget Planning Review

Introduction Today is World Town Planning Day and with it a very important opportunity for me to be able to take stock and reflect in this end of year Post Autumn Budget Planning Review on the many areas of positive collaboration I have experienced taking place between stakeholders over the past 24 months which have… Read more »

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Autumn Budget 2018 – Housing, Infrastructure  and Planning update

Autumn Budget 2018 – Housing, Infrastructure and Planning update

If you require any current or future planning consultancy or planning legal support following yesterday’s 2018 Budget, please email peter.kershaw@parissmith.co.uk in the first instance. The Paris Smith Planning Team noted the following key points from yesterday’s Budget which may be of interest to stakeholders. The Government are to consult on how modernisation of the Use… Read more »

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