The importance of a five-year land supply

The need for new housing to be built has been referred to as a national crisis, and successive governments have fallen short in meeting projected demand from population growth and the formation of new households.  Whilst district councils decide on permission for specific house-building projects, it is the Government which draws up the population and…

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Permission in Principle

Permission in principle is a new type of planning consent that came into force last year, to streamline the planning process for smaller housing-led developments.   Permission in principle appears to be a direct response to the problems which are commonly encountered when making ‘outline’ and ‘reserved matters’ planning applications. The aim of an outline…

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Planning a Self-Build Home?

Research shows that more than half of the population dream of building their own home at some stage in their lives. It’s a large undertaking that requires time and dedication, but will result in a home that is perfectly suited to your needs and your lifestyle. Some of the benefits of building your own home include…

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New high street development rights

New development rights affecting shops and hot food takeaways come into effect on 25th May. Under these new rights, known as Permitted Development (PD), shops and other high street uses can be converted into offices, and – strange as it sounds – hot food takeaways can be converted into homes. However, this isn’t necessarily as straightforward…

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