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E-bulletin April 2018

Date: 25/5/2018

E-bulletin April 2018

Breaking News ...

... is that the publication of the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework and associated documents is continuing to dominate people's focus. The consultation closes on 10 May.
POS is in the process of finalising its full response; contact Sara Whelan if you want to make comments.

Society Matters

President's Piece - Steve Ingram's latest blog was sent out separately on 10th April >> if you missed it you can read it here

In the News: As we are in the process of moving to a new website there is currently only limited updating being undertaken to the existing website.  This means that a number of news items that we have responded to will be uploaded at a later date.

However, we continue to respond to press enquiries and in the past month or so have commented on the following:

Claims that rural applicants face significant delays, following a survey undertaken by the Country Land and Business Association. 23 April.  The survey results can be viewed here.

The news that two consultancies have been appointed to support the MHCLG Chief Planner and his team regarding the case for formal Local Plan Intervention. 20 April.

The government's consultation on powers in relation to unauthorised development and encampments.  12 April

The government's announcement on local plan intervention. 5 April

The viability testing of local plans.  5 April

Changes to permitted development rules regarding barn conversions. 28 March

Spatial Planning Latest

Regulations requiring local planning authorities to review their local plans and statements of community involvement every five years came into force on 6 April 2018. The Regulations can be viewed here.  Draft planning practice guidance on plan reviews has been published alongside the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework.

The Secretary of State’s Written Ministerial Statement of 26 March 2018 reinforced his commitment to a plan-led system.  MHCLG has advised that it will continue to closely monitor and consider the case for intervention for those authorities who are not making progress on their plan-making.

Development Management Latest

Further changes to the General Permitted Development Order came into force on 6 April 2018  - including extending the period for prior approvals for the change of use from storage or distribution to residential (Part 3, Class P) until 10 June 2019 as well as changes to the period of implementation;  amendments to Part 3, Class Q  for the change of use of agricultural buildings to provide up to a total of 5 homes (subject to size conditions); increase to the size limit of new agricultural buildings and extensions under Part 6 rights; permanently remove the requirement for prior approval in respect of the Part 16 right to install broadband cabinets, telegraph poles or lines, in article 2(3) land such as National Parks; other technical changes and clarifying amendments including to provide time for the Secretary of State to call in a prior approval.  Further details can be found here

Brownfield land registers and permission in principle.  Regulations have now been laid to enable applications for permission in principle to be made for minor housing-led development and will come into force on 1 June 2018 (SI 2017 no. 1309).  Updated planning guidance is due to follow but in the meantime MHCLG can be contacted with any queries.

The Planning Practice Guidance has been updated to take account of recent legislative changes (covering CIL exemptions, planning application fees, amendments to planning enforcement guidance, when permission is required and Neighbourhood Planning). Read more>>

Consultation on powers for dealing with unauthorised development and encampments was published on 5 April and will close on 15 June.  The consultation can be viewed here

MHCLG has indicated that it plans to consult on a new permitted development right to extend existing buildings upwards to create new homes in the summer.

Brief Updates

Compulsory Purchase Orders: New guidance and steamlining measures came into force on 6 April 2018. 

The new 2018-2022 Neighbourhood Planning Support Programme is now live and applications can be made via a new website at

Forthcoming POS Events

Joint DM Network with POS South East 27 April, Test Valley
London Region 11 May, London Borough of Bexley
Spatial Planning Network 18 May, LGA House Westminster
Minerals and Waste Network 8 June, Manchester City Council
Presidents Spring Conference and AGM 14 and 15 June, Stamford.

And Finally ...

.... a massive thank you to John Silvester for the support he has given to the Society over the past few years including as its Communication Manager and as POS President for 2002/03.  We wish him well in his move towards retirement later in the year.

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