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The government is consulting on revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which was last updated in 2019, to include guidance on the altering or removal of statues, plaques and memorials. Eleanor Grace, Principal Heritage Consultant, explains what the process could look like, if the revisions are accepted following the end of the consultation period on 27 March 2021.
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Following Government release of the draft National Model Design Code (NMDC), a consultation is currently underway with the deadline for responses to be submitted by 11.45pm on 27 March. Fiona Williams, Principal in the Heritage and Design team, outlines the proposed requirements set out in the Design Code in our latest Planning blog.
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This weekend, when we least expected it, the Government released their latest planning reform. The latest consultation is a real ‘beauty’ and adds some exciting content to the Building Better, Building Beautiful commissions’ ‘Living with Beauty’ report.
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The Housing Delivery Test (HDT) results for 2020 have now been published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). Senior Planner, Suzi Green gives her commentary on the results and what this means for development opportunities in our region.
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Does your school building project seem to be dragging on? Are you having meetings about meetings, and not seeing any progress? Tom Sampson, Partner at Bidwells, suggests perhaps it’s time to crack the whip on your project team. Here’s his five top tips on what you should be demanding from your project manager.
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Lockdown has led us to look more closely at our local environment and in April and May, we were all rather more bound to making our way on foot or bicycle. Chris Surfleet, Head of Heritage, explains what this rare attention to our surroundings means for the heritage world , particularly relating to two normally exceptional areas of planning: spotlisting and its nemesis, Certificates of Immunity (COI).
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Another announcement from the Government on new Class E uses, deals another blow to the Hospitality, Retail and Leisure sector. Jonathan Phillips, Planning Partner, explains the latest permitted development right and what that means to town centres as we know it.
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Bidwells' Alison Wright and Jonathan Bainbridge reflect on the priorities and commitments set out in this week’s Spending Review and long-awaited National Infrastructure Strategy, and highlight what they mean for the planning and development sector.
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Following the High Court's ruling of a legal challenge against the changes to the Use Class Order and General Permitted Development Order, Jonathan Phillips, Planning Partner, gives his view on the impact of the regulation changes on one of the hardest hit industries during the pandemic and how these are already demonstrating a change in the high street landscape.
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