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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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Just Planning Chief Executive on LondonLive News

Just Planning Chief Executive on LondonLive News

Our Chief Executive, Martin Gaine, appeared on the LondonLive channel last week to comment on high planning application rates among London councils in particular. In discussions with the presenter, he urged people refused planning application to seek professional advice and always to consider a planning appeal. http://www.londonlive.co.uk/news/2016-03-02/planning-says-no-london-homeowners-struggle-with-approval

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Increased application fees will place an unfair burden on householders

Increased application fees will place an unfair burden on householders

Increased planning application fees unfair The government has announced plans to increase planning application fees to help plug a shortfall in Council funding. Councils indicate that fee income covers approximately 50% of the cost of running a planning department, and wider Council budgets are being cut. The

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The office to resi permitted development rights to become permanent (finally)

The office to resi permitted development rights to become permanent (finally)

The Planning Minister, Brandon Lewis, has announced what we have all been waiting for – the permitted development rights allowing offices to be converted to homes (office to resi permitted development rights) will not expiry in May next year as originally planned, but will become a permanent

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