“X never, ever marks the spot”

(Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark – Lucasfilm/Paramount)

Having now settled in to the planning team at No 5 Barristers Chambers (based in London) it’s about time I made like Indy in the Map Room of the lost city of Tanis (above) and brushed some dust off…

I make no comment on whether this blog will let you use the Staff of Ra to find the Well of Souls (and there the Ark of the Covenant) but what you will be able to do is find comment and observations on developments in planning law, planning policy/guidance and similar matters.

Check back soon.

Scott

Get Away From Your Computer

I know it’s been a while since I’ve been sat at mine writing blogs for you all.  It’s because you’ve all been keeping me astonishingly busy with a phenomenal volume of work (for which I am very grateful – thank you all very much!).  But a side effect is that I just can’t get back to blogging as much as I would like.

Hang on – you lot aren’t keeping me occupied just so I don’t put up posts on here, are you?

So it’s an odd thing for me to get back to blogging and the first thing I say is ‘get away from your computer’.  Why would I say that?

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School’s Out…For Summer?

Doubtless in order to help improve the nation’s reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmatic, the nattily entitled Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2013 introduces permitted development rights for the change of use of buildings to schools.

But, somewhat ironically (given that ‘school’ uses are the subject matter) the DCLG decided to split these classes into two smaller classes.  So you get two separate classes of ‘school conversion’ permitted development rights – new Part 4 of Schedule 2 (temporary uses) Class C and new Part 3 of Schedule 2 Class K.

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Words That Strike Fear…

…into the hearts of men (and women, but ‘people’ just doesn’t finish the title properly).

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2013 is a veritable feast of changes for the General Permitted Development Order 1995, itself now so heavily amended that it puts Michael Jackson’s transformation over the years into the shade.

Aside from the eye-watering number of brackets used in the title (a recurring theme of Parliamentary draftsmen in recent years, it seems) the 2013 Order introduces swathes of changes, such that I can’t hope to do them justice in one post.

First up – the new Class J appearing in Part 3 of the Second Schedule to General Permitted Development Order (I know, exciting as it is, please do try to control yourselves).  In English, office to residential conversions. Read more of this post

Assuring Letters

Have a look at s125 of the Localism Act 2011.  When you’ve read it, I’ll bet you have an expression a bit like this:

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Planning…with Slim Shady?

          “Look, if you had one shot, one opportunity

           To seize everything you ever wanted…one moment

           Would you capture it or just let it slip?”

                                                                                 – Eminem, “One Shot”

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It’s…..ALIVE!

After a brief period of absence, which for me has been filled mostly by Inquiries, giving seminars, taking part in long-distance mountain bike events and recovering from crashes in said riding events, here we are again.

Sadly it seems the enforcement provisions (amongst others) of the Localism Bill didn’t suffer quite so many crashes in their journey through Parliament as I did on my bike and they have survived almost completely unscathed in their originally drafted form, despite very vocal and informed criticism from many quarters.

So now we find ourselves presented with the Localism Act.  Although it obtained Royal Assent yesterday the enforcement amendments are not in force and seemingly have no timetable for Read more of this post

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