Back to Blog

New Planning Bill Announcement

The current test for determining applications is “the determination must be made in accordance with the plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise” (S38(6) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. The test will be changed, by section 83 (2) of the bill which states: “the determination must be made in accordance with the development plan and any national development management policies, unless material considerations strongly indicate otherwise.” The bill also ad...

May 12, 2022

New contemporary house in Norbiton won on appeal

Image Credit: Jameson-surveyors...

March 11, 2022

Looking back at 2021

As we are making resolutions and preparing for the year to come, while waiting for the government’s response to the consultation on the August 2020 “Planning for the Future” white paper it is time to look back at 2021 and ask: What happened in the world of planning in 2021? In September, with the cabinet re-shuffle, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government became the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, and Michael Gove MP replaced Robert Jenricks MP and is ...

January 3, 2022

London Plan has arrived

After years of drafting, examination by the Planning Inspectorate and a year of negotiations with the Secretary of State, the Mayor of London has finally adopted the new London Plan 2021 March 2nd (2021). It is worth noting, the final adoption is only two months ahead of the London Mayoral election to select the new London Mayor (delayed by one year).  The New London Plan sets the Mayor’s strategic vision for the growth of London for the next 20-25 years.  The main changes to th...

March 16, 2021

Flat conversions

Planning permission is required for the carrying out on land of any development (Section 57(1) of the TCPA 1990). Development is defined as the "carrying out of building, engineering, mining or other operations in, on, over or under the land, or the making of any material change in the use of any buildings or other land" (Section 55(1) of the TCPA 1990).  As a general rule, planning permission is not required for internal works to a building. Section 55(3) of the TCPA 1990 also specifically...

February 21, 2021

Summary of latest Permitted Development changes

Following the many announcement by the Housing Minister in the last few weeks (posted here), a summary of the new permitted development rights that have been created and when they will come into effect: Came into force 1st August 2020 Construction of up to two storeys of flats above purpose-built blocks of flats built between 1948 and 2018 under the newly created PART 20, Class A (New dwellinghouses on detached blocks of flats).  For more information click here.  To come...

August 7, 2020

Upwards extensions to homes

Following the June 2020 announcement that purpose-built blocks of flats will be able to extend upwards without applying for planning permission (insert link to News flash: Permitted Development Rights allowing two-storey upwards extensions June 25, 2020) the government published a new round of new permitted development rights set out in The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2020.  The first of those permitted rights ...

August 3, 2020

New Use Classes: All Change

It is probably safe to say these are most significant changes to the planning regulations in this round of amendments. The forthcoming government white paper will give us and indication as to for how long.   As part of the many changes to planning system announced by the housing minister Christopher Pincher, a reshuffle of the commercial use classes has been announced to allow for more flexibility and greater adaptability of our high streets. The new use class detailed below will come into ...

August 3, 2020

News flash: Permitted Development Rights allowing two-storey upwards extensions

News courtesy of planning resource via the housing minister Christopher Pincher, upwards extensions to purpose built detached flats are now permitted albeit via the Prior Approval process.  Though this is welcome news to allow for less interference in proposals to sensibly increase density in urban areas, the reality is a number of conditions that will preclude many. Notably:  1. Conservation Areas excluded.  2. Pre-1948 blocks excluded.  3. Recent Change of Use blocks exclud...

June 25, 2020

Coronavirus and Planning

Coronavirus has hit everyone and the current “lockdown” is going to continue for some time. Most people are working from home or are furloughed and this is no different for most Local Authority planning officers. Some restaurants are diversifying to offer delivery services where they can.  Coronavirus is a huge challenge for local government and impacts the planning system in a number of ways. Some planning officers are being considered “key workers” and some are being redeployed in...

April 10, 2020

More success in the London Borough of Islington

WEA Planning gained planning permission for the construction of a double storey rear dormer extending the first and second floors of two prominent corner properties of the Westbourne Estate in Holloway (London Borough of Islington). The Westbourne Estate was designed by renowned architect Eric Lyons. The clients contacted WEA Planning after a refused application for Certificate of Lawfulness as the unique roofshape of the two properties was deemed by LB Islington to not allow the double height d...

February 3, 2020

Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission report

The highly anticipated Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission report was finally published in January 2020. What was included in the report?  The report places a great emphasis improving the design and quality of built homes in England. The report entitled ‘Living with Beauty’ outlines the commission’s proposals to the government for a new development and planning framework.  The report highlighted throughout the importance of good quality design and providing opport...

January 30, 2020

Southwark rooftop homes

Back in September 2019, Southwark Council announced their plan for the development of Rooftop Homes to help achieve their target of building 2,500 council homes by 2022. In the longer-term, Southwark Council aims to build 11,000 brand new Council homes by 2043. The Council’s plan is to build modular homes off-site which would then be craned and installed on-site to minimise the disruption for the local residents To achieve this ambitious housing target, Southwark is considering the opportunity...

January 23, 2020

WEA Planning at Martin Goodall’s new book launch event

Thomas Tinel from WEA Planning attended Martin Goodall's event 21 November 2019. The event, held at the institute for Civil Engineers on 1 Great George Street, provided an interesting discussion on the latest changes to permitted development at the occasion of the latest update of Martin Goodall’s Permitted Change of Use. The discussion looked at the conversion of agricultural buildings into dwellings under Class Q. This was an opportunity to discuss what the case law considers to be ...

November 25, 2019

National Design Guide

In great anticipation to the planning profession, the government has finally published the National Design Guide.  The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick, finally took centre charge of his role and one of the first things he completed on his to do list was to publish the National Design Guide, forming an integral part of the government’s collection of Planning Practice Guidance.  A main theme of the National Design Guide is “Wellbeing”...

October 29, 2019

Notting Hill roof alterations

WEA Planning gained planning permission for the installation of railings at roof level, and new rooflights for a top floor flat in a prominent property on Chepstow Crescent, Notting Hill (Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea). The client contacted WEA Planning after receiving a negative pre-application response from RBKC. The brief was to help find a good design solution that would be supported by the planning and conservation teams. The installation and the railings and the new openable roof...

October 3, 2019

Hammersmith and Fulham Planning Approval

WEA Planning are delighted to have obtained planning permission for a double storey rear extension and a basement extension for a terraced property on Kinnoul Road, Barons Court, Hammersmith after extensive consultation with the client team from design inception.  The applicant and WEA first met with the architect to discuss the constraints of the site and previous London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham objections to a first floor extension.  WEA Planning then met London Borough...

October 3, 2019

Housing Secretary announcement

Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference on 30th September 2019, the Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced a future reform and amendments to the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) adding to the recent changes introduced in May 2019.  This is a summary of the main changes introduced by the upcoming revision to the GPDO:...

October 1, 2019

Lawful Development Certificate granted for flat in Wandsworth

WEA Planning has been successful in confirming that the creation of a 3-bed flat initially approved as a 1-bedroom flat on Gilbey Road, Tooting is now immune from enforcement and therefore a lawful conversion. WEA Planning worked with the client to gather evidence to demonstrate to Wandsworth Council that the conversion (in breach of a planning permission since 1989) occurred over 10 years ago. As dictated by the Town and Country Planning Act, this flat is now established and no enforcement...

July 7, 2019

Mansard roof extension won on appeal in Hammersmith and Fulham

WEA Planning has successfully won an appeal against LB Hammersmith and Fulham to permit two versions of a mansard roof extension to the roof of a townhouse on Ongar Road Fulham! The decision follows two refusals from the Council and a refusal to engage with the applicant, architect and WEA Planning.  The applicant contacted WEA Planning after a difficult pre-application meeting with London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham about their project to extend their flat through the construction...

May 7, 2019

Thomas Tinel joins WEA

Thomas joins the WEA team in our Hoxton office.  Thomas completed an Meng in Engineering and Planning in Lyon, France in 2015. He developed a strong interest for housing issue and for his master’s thesis, he worked on fuel poverty, developing tools to identify and measure fuel poverty at a local level in France. Having gained experience in planning policies in Cork City Council, being involved in the city’s town centre action plan, Thomas decided to move to the UK to develop a career in...

May 1, 2019

Appeal Success London Borough of Camden

WEA Planning has been successful in obtaining planning permission at appeal for the retention of uPVC windows to the front elevation at loft level to a large terraced house in the Mansfield Conservation Area, London Borough of Camden. The new uPVC windows were installed in the loft to replace the old 1970s dormer windows, improving thermal insulation of the flat.  After receipt of an LB Camden enforcement officer requirement to remove the uPVC windows, the applicant contacted WEA Plann...

April 14, 2019

Permitted Development Rights Update.

Following our recent post about future changes to Permitted Development, amendments to the General Permitted Development Order 2015 was published a few days ago. The changes below will all come into force on the 25th May 2019. The amendments are set out in The Town and Country Planning (Permitted Development, Advertisement and Compensation Amendments) (England) Regulations 2019. They do not include the right to allow upward extensions....

March 20, 2019

November London Borough Planning Policy Update

Westminster’s development plan includes the Westminster’s City Plan adopted on 9th November 2016 and policies of the Unitary Development Plan saved on 24th January 2010 by the Secretary of State. Although is currently being reviewed, the Council asks for full weight at Westminster’s City Plan when determining planning applications. The Council advises that very limited weight should be given to the emerging policies at an early stage of the plan-making process. Regarding the UDP, the saved...

December 16, 2018

Harrow Green Belt success

WEA Planning has been successful in obtaining planning permission for the erection of a two storey rear extension and rear dormer to a large detached house in the Pinner Hill Estate Conservation Area, London Borough of Harrow. The proposal also included extension and floor to ceiling height increase at lower ground/basement floor level to facilitate the conversion of the cellar to habitable space.  After a very negative pre-application advice, the applicant contacted WEA Planning to review ...

December 15, 2018 Posts 1-25 of 80 | Page next
 

This product has been added to your cart

CHECKOUT