Planning

We provide a complete planning service to a range of private and public sector clients including property owners, occupiers, developers, investors, institutions and local planning authorities in the residential, commercial, renewables, leisure and agricultural sectors.

Our advice is based on extensive knowledge of the ever-complex and fast-changing UK planning system.  This enables us to provide bespoke and cost-effective advice at all stages of development from project inception, spatial master planning to negotiating final project delivery.

We pride ourselves on always offering one principal point of contact which means our advice is always consistent and provided in a timely manner.  It also means that each member of our team embraces responsibility.  Our collaborative way of working with other technical specialists means we are experts at finding solutions to assist in unlocking latent value.

The Planning Process

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The basis for decision making is set out on planning legislation, that is, “if regard is to be had to the development plan for the purposes of any determination to be made under the Planning Acts the determination must be made in accordance with the plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise". We apply this approach to each of our planning services. 

Our Services

We offer the following services:

• Planning Strategy Formulation

• Planning Appraisals

• Planning Applications & Appeals

• Community & Stakeholder Engagement

• Environmental Impact Assessment

• Planning Obligation Negotiation

• Land Promotion

• Policy Representations

• Monitoring Services

• Master Planning & Development Briefs

• Due Diligence

 

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77 touring caravan pitches permitted in Carmarthenshire

Our planning team has obtained two separate planning permissions for an additional 77 touring caravan pitches at Gateway Resort, Carmarthenshire. Gateway Resort is an award winning touring and camping site located to the south of Bynea. With a direct link to the Millennium Coastal Path and overlooking the Loughor Estuary and Gower Peninsular the resort is a popular leisure destination in its own right. The park comprises an indoor heated swimming pool, a number of play areas and a large bar and restaurant area, which hosts a number of events throughout the year.

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The Housing and Planning Act 2016

A Potential Significant Opportunity for the Park Homes Sector: 'Park Home' is the industry name for a caravan which is used for residential purpose. National Planning Policy, as reflected in the NPPF, requires Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) to produce Local Plans that will deliver the full, Objectively Assessed Needs (OAN), for market and affordable housing in the housing market area. The Government's online Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) sets out the methodology for assessing housing need; it refers to specific types of housing which should be considered. No reference is made to Park Homes or residential caravans. Accordingly, there is no duty for LPAs to forward plan for provision of this type of housing. Clause 124 of The Housing and Planning Act 2016: The Act received Royal Assent on 12 May 2016 and Clause 124 relates to the Assessment of accommodation needs. It requires local housing authorities in England to consider: "...the needs of people residing in or resorting to their district with respect to the provision of-  (a) sites on which caravans can be stationed..." This suggests that local housing authorities (this includes District Councils and London Borough Councils) will need to start forward planning for provision of residential caravans. This is a significant step change from other recent planning legislation because it is the first time non-gypsy caravans have been recognised as having a role in contributing towards the supply of housing in a given area. Clause 124 comes into force on 12 July 2016. Potential Implications for Planning: It is predicted that the online PPG will be updated such that it will specifically identify Park Homes (either this specific term or residential caravans) as an additional type of housing that needs to be considered and planned for. If this does not happen soon after 12 July 2016, it is suggested that the Park Homes sector should lobby the Government and request that it updates its planning guidance to reflect the Housing and Planning Act. In the meantime, it is suggested that Clause 124 could be used by applicants in planning statements of case as an additional reason t justify additional Park Homes. How We Can Help: Undertake planning appraisals to establish the prospects for obtaining planning permission for park homes, or holiday caravans; Devise planning statements of case – we have been successful recently in obtaining planning permissions for park homes by explaining their social and economic benefits; Manage the application process – timescales and delivery; and. Monitor applications, respond to comments from consultees and negotiate permissions   Contact Owen Mobile: 07889 701547 13/07/2016

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Mandatory Requirement for all Major Developments in Wales

From 1 August 2016, applications for major development in Wales will no longer be validated unless they are supported by a Pre-application Consultation (PAC) Report. Major Developments: The development on a site of 1 ha or more Housing developments of 10 or more dwellings or where the site area is of 0.5 ha or more (if the number of dwellings is not known) The provision of a building(s) where the floorspace created exceeds 1,000 sq m The winning and working of minerals or the use of land for mineral-working deposits Waste development   Undertake a statutory 28-day Consultation: This will start once all the following tasks have been undertaken: Site Notices (in English and Welsh) – this need to be put up in public view in and around the site Notify Owners or Occupiers of land adjoining application site – via a letter (in English and Welsh) Consult ‘Community Consultees’ and ‘Specialist Consultees’ – via a letter Draft Planning Application Package – make this available for public viewing; online availability is encouraged   Pre-application Consultation (PAC) Report: This should include: An explanation of how the applicant has complied with the legislation - The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Wales) (Amendment) Order 2016 Identify any responses to the consultation received Describe how those responses have been taken into account   Potential Implications for Planning: In theory front-loading the consultation process should enable LPAs to determine planning applications quicker than they have done historically. It will be a few months before we see if this happens. If this does lead to quicker decisions, perhaps Ministers will make this a statutory requirement in England. Watch this space… How We Can Help: Devise and implement pre-application consultation strategies Manage the application process – timescales and delivery Monitor applications, respond to comments from consultees and negotiate permission   Contact Owen Mobile: 07889 701547 01/08/2016

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Owen Pike explores whether the Housing and Planning bill will increase housing delivery

Earlier this year the government announced a £1.2 billion starter home fund, to prepare brownfield sites for new homes.  The government believe that the fund will fast-track the creation of at least 30,000 new starter homes and up to 30,000 market homes, on 500 new sites by 2020.

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New planning boost for park home sector

Owen Pike, head of our planning team, comments on how park home operators could benefit from changes to planning laws, which identify residential caravans as an additional type of housing for the first time. Clause 124 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016, which came into force on 12 July, recognises residential caravans as having a role in contributing towards the supply of housing in a given area.

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Case Study: Planning permission secured for a 30-acre solar farm

Our planning team helped secure planning permission for a 30-acre solar farm near Wigan on land owned by Lancashire Wildlife Trust. Owen Pike, associate partner, acted as consultant on behalf of Solstice Renewables, an award-winning independent solar farm developer, on the Cleworth Hall Farm Solar Park located in the Greater Manchester Green Belt. 

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Planning appeal successful at South Devon Park Home

Planning permission has been granted for seven residential park homes on a site in Teignmouth, Devon. The new park homes will be located at Bronzerock View, a residential park home site offering a luxury lifestyle in the heart of South Devon. The planning permission, which had previously been refused, will allow the change of land use from stationing holiday caravans to residential park homes. Head of planning, Owen Pike, commented, “I am delighted that our appeal, which we made on behalf of the park owners, has been successful.

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Planning conditions revised to enhance prospects of site sale

Our planning team was approached by a medium-sized holiday and mobile home park operator to provide advice on planning permission for a holiday lodge development, which had been obtained by a third party on a site that neighboured one of its established parks. The operator was interested in buying the holiday lodge site but was not initially willing to proceed because some of the conditions attached to the permission were onerous. We met the operator to explain that a new planning application could be made to the Local Planning Authority (LPA) and suggested that our client should enter into an option agreement to ensure they would be in prime position to purchase the site if the LPA agreed to vary the conditions.

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77 touring caravan pitches permitted in Carmarthenshire

Our planning team has obtained two separate planning permissions for an additional 77 touring caravan pitches at Gateway Resort, Carmarthenshire. Gateway Resort is an award winning touring and camping site located to the south of Bynea. With a direct link to the Millennium Coastal Path and overlooking the Loughor Estuary and Gower Peninsular the resort is a popular leisure destination in its own right. The park comprises an indoor heated swimming pool, a number of play areas and a large bar and restaurant area, which hosts a number of events throughout the year.

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