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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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NEVER ignore an Enforcement Notice

NEVER ignore an Enforcement Notice

Enforcement Notices Councils have the power to issue a Planning Enforcement Notice if officers suspect a breach of planning control. The most commonly understood breach is building a structure without first obtaining planning permission. However, you may also be in breach for failing to carry out a development exactly

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The HOUSES vs FLATS anomaly

The HOUSES vs FLATS anomaly

There is a strange anomaly in the householder planning system. HOUSES have permitted development rights but FLATS do not. So HOUSES can be extended without the need for planning permission, but FLATS cannot. Since 2008, permitted development rights have become increasingly generous, meaning HOUSES can be extended

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How to object to a planning application

How to object to a planning application

Have you tried our checklist?   Detailed, professional objections prepared for just £299 Planning objections do not need to be particularly long or detailed and planning officers are obliged to take account of any representations made to them. However, to have the greatest impact, objections should refer in

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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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