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The Sunday Times quotes our research in a 7 page feature on the planning crisis

The Sunday Times quotes our research in a 7 page feature on the planning crisis

The Sunday Times quotes our research in a 7 page feature on the planning crisis In the Home section of today’s Sunday Times, journalist Martina Lees provides a detailed analysis of a crisis in the planning system. The article (which can be read here) features our detailed

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Newham Council loses planning appeal and is required to pay our client’s full costs

Newham Council loses planning appeal and is required to pay our client's full costs

Newham Council loses at appeal and is required to pay our client’s full costs On 2 September, we received notification that we had been successful in a planning appeal against a refusal of planning permission for a straightforward first floor rear extension in Forest Gate, in the

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Received an enforcement notice? How to persuade the council to withdraw it

Received an enforcement notice? How to persuade the council to withdraw it

Just Planning recently persuaded Enfield and Hounslow councils to withdraw enforcement notices. How? What is a planning enforcement notice? Councils have the power to serve an enforcement notice if they believe that a development (or change of use) has been carried out without planning permission. They may also

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Why we have a high success rate on planning appeals for balconies and roof terraces

Why we have a high success rate on planning appeals for balconies and roof terraces

Why we have a high success rate on planning appeals for balconies and roof terraces In densely packed towns and cities, balconies and roof terraces make a huge difference to quality of life. So how easy is it to get planning permission? Sadly, not easy at all.

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Ealing Council wins award for its enforcement work against outbuildings

Ealing Council wins award for its enforcement work against outbuildings

Like a number of London councils, Ealing is taking a hard line against outbuildings being used as living accommodation without planning permission (so called ‘beds in sheds’). It won an award for its work at the recent Planning Magazine Enforcement Awards. There has been a significant increase

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Newham Council issues 300 Enforcement Notices on a single street

Newham Council issues 300 Enforcement Notices on a single street

Newham Council – Planning Enforcement Notices Newham Council issues more enforcement notices than almost any other council in the country. According to government planning statistics, the council issued a total of 382 notices in the year to September 2015. This is the second highest in all of

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The Telegraph features our advice on navigating an increasingly complicated planning system

The Telegraph features our advice on navigating an increasingly complicated planning system

Last Saturday, the Telegraph featured our advice on winning the planning system’s ‘postcode lottery’. As we have pointed out elsewhere, some councils grant permission for a much higher proportion of applications than others. Councils in the south east, and in London in particular, are especially poor performers. The

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DCLG Consultation on Upwards Extensions in London

DCLG Consultation on Upwards Extensions in London

DCLG Consultation on Upwards Extensions in London The government has started a consultation on making it easier for developers and homeowners to increase the height of their buildings (by a maximum of two storeys) to match the height of an adjoining building. The consultation document can be

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Stockton Council loses 20 appeals in 2 years, and pays out £80,000 in costs

Stockton Council loses 20 appeals in 2 years, and pays out £80,000 in costs

The Northern Echo newspaper reports that Stockton Council has lost a 20th planning appeal in the last two years, and paid out a total of £80,000 in costs to appellants. The full story can be read here: Separate research by Just Planning (based on statistics provided by

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The ‘Withdrawal’ Method

The 'Withdrawal' Method

Should I withdraw my planning application? One of the most common questions Just Planning consultants are asked by clients is, ‘should I withdraw my planning application’. It usually follows a conversation with a council planning officer who has indicated that an application is unlikely to be successful and

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