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Planning Practice Guidance

We take a look at the new Planning Practice Guidance for England.

New Permitted Development Rights

An overview of new permitted development rights, including a review of the arrangement for change of use from A1 to banks.

Budget 2014

We review the key planning announcements from the 2014 Budget.

Changes to planning for heritage

We take a look at new arrangements for planning for heritage.

Further Alterations to the London Plan

A summary of the key proposed changes to the London Plan.

Garden Cities Propsectus

We examine the Government's prospectus for new Garden Cities.


A Ministerial Statement was issued on 30 April 2014 on Gambling and Betting Shops. It proposes to create a separate planning use class for betting shops so that in future any change of use to betting shops will require planning permission.


Office to residential: new permitted development rights

Our briefing on new permitted development rights allowing change of use from offices to residential.

Draft Scottish Planning Policy

An analysis of the key proposed changes to planning policy in Scotland.

Retail, office and leisure uses: new permitted development rights

We take a look at new legislation offering flexibility to change between retail, office and leisure uses.

NPPF – one year on

We take a look at the implications of the end of the one year grace period for local planning authorities to get their Local Plans up to date before the ‘presumption in favour of sustainable development’ is given full weight.

Peel Holdings and the Blackburn Case

An analysis of the implications of this High Court ruling for the out of town retail sector.

Ministerial Statement - Housing and Growth

A look at the Government's proposed further changes to the planning system aimed, in its words, at "getting Britain building again".

Supreme Court Ruling on Sequential Approach

Our analysis of a recent Supreme Court judgment dealing with the application of the sequential test in a decision on a planning application for a foodstore in Dundee, Scotland.

National Planning Policy Framework

A look at the key elements of the new National Planning Policy Framework.

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