Office-to-res first prior approval decisions

Following the expiry of 56 days since the office to residential permitted rights was introduced; the first decisions under the procedure are starting to be issued. Whilst Nottingham and Brighton City Councils have issued approvals, Camden has refused the change of use of an office to single dwelling house as it would increase local parking stress.

Judicial review for new office-to-residential PD rights

Islington has decided to apply for judicial review to overturn the new office to residential permitted development rights which came into force on 30th May. Richmond, Tower Hamlets and Sutton have been considering their options and have backed this legal battle. The review relates to why some areas were granted exemptions and other weren’t. Islington is worried about the higher value that residential units can demand over offices and the potential loss of jobs in the borough estimated at 6,000.

CIL too high for Hotels?

Travelodge, the budget hotel chain, is continuing to expand but has written to the government to raise concerns that CIL, payable on hotels could put a brake on its growth in London. The chain is seeking to develop 95 hotels across 19 boroughs. It has said to face £27m extra planning obligations than it would otherwise have to pay under the existing s106 agreements. While the London Plan identifies upgrading existing stock as a priority, this charge arguably will not help the process, and furthermore puts job creation at risk.

On a general CIL note, the number of major applications, decided this year after the introduction of mayoral CIL, was 20% lower.

Double yellow line parking relaxation proposed to help shops

The Government has proposed shoppers in England should be allowed a 15 minute “grace period” to park on double yellow lines to allow them to collect items from shops without being fined. The idea is part of a package of ideas to help revive the high street. At present, only commercial vehicles making collections and deliveries, blue badge holders and emergency services can park on double yellow lines.

New Planning Guidance for renewable and low carbon energy

The government has published new planning guidance for renewable and low carbon energy which will replace PPS22. This guidance should be read along with other guidance such as the NPPF. For more information follow this link:

Waste Planning Policy

The updated waste policy is currently open for consultation, and will replace PPS 10. This new policy will continue with the plan led approach of PPS10; continuing to focus on moving waste away from landfill and towards more sustainable options for waste management. This new policy is part of the government’s approach to streamline policy documents under the Taylor report. The consultation can be found here

Old Trafford granted planning protection

Manchester United’s home stadium has been designated as an ‘Asset of Community Value’ following an application by the supporter’s trust to protect the stadium. This means that the trust will hold the right to bid for the stadium if the owners ever try to sell it. 

Failing Local Plans

Hart District Council – the inspector has found the council’s Core Strategy unsound as it has failed to comply with the duty imposed by the Localism Act, to cooperate with neighbouring authorities on housing provision. The inspector said there was no agreement between relevant authorities on the level of housing required and how unmet need from one council could be met elsewhere.

North West Leicestershire District Council – the inspector has asked the council to consider withdrawing its core strategy from examination as it has failed to resolve its housing shortfall. The inspector said there is an ‘absence of provision for an adequate future supply of housing’ which is a serious issue. The council will now discuss whether or not to withdraw the strategy at the next council meeting.


Coventry City Council - Strategic Land Availability Assessment is being reviewed, land for all types of development is desired by the council. If you have developable land please complete the following link.

Gateshead Council and Newcastle City CouncilCore Strategy and Urban Core Plan is open for consultation.

Plymouth City Council - The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) is open for review and is looking to identity sites which have the potential to accommodate 5 or more dwellings.

Spelthorne Borough Council – Community Infrastructure Levy Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule is now open for consultation.