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Planning in The ‘New Normal’

This time last year, we were only a few months into sweeping new changes to the planning system, which opened up the possibility of new permitted development rights and new use classes. Changes in the law always take time to test and filter down to the reality on the ground, either through planning applications, appeals or later judge-made law through High Court cases.

One such case we have been dealing with over the last 18 months demonstrates the need to adapt and be flexible as new opportunities arise, but also the challenge that this creates for dealing with local planning authority officer, who are themselves often trying to adapt to this change.

How to Deal with Delays in Planning Applications

This month, I thought it would be useful to look back at our recent experiences in how officers tend to deal with PD and Prior Approval applications, and how we have sought to deal with delay in planning applications.  This also provides an insight as to how applications are dealt with and the steps they have to go through; even if you cannot do much about it, it is important to be aware of it, so readers can build the costs and possible extent of delay into their appraisals and manage expectations with investors and others.

‘Air Rights’ Prior Approval: The Sky’s The Limit?

The Government’s new PD rights for new roof-level extensions to existing buildings was announced with a lot of fanfare in August 2020.  However, as many developers are finding out, it is not as straightforward as it may at first seem.

We look at a prior approval consent we obtained in Romford on an existing office block and consider some of the challenges that were faced, which we would suggest will be key areas for due diligence and planning risk for developers on most other sites.

Conversion and Stress: Part Two

Last month, we looked at the issue of ‘Conversion Stress’ and how you can overcome this to unearth opportunities in your target area.  This relates to policy imposed by the local planning authority to control the number of single dwellinghouses in a street that would be allowed to convert to smaller units – either as HMOs or as flats.

In this month’s article, we look at how the issues looked at last month were applied to a recent case in the London Borough of Lambeth, where we successfully obtained planning permission to extend and split an existing family dwelling into 3no separate flats.

Conversion and Stress: Part 1

Last month, we took readers through a recent client success story involving a site with a single storey small community hall in which we secured consent for nine new apartments and a health centre.

Continuing this story, we now move on to the next stage of the project, which recently resulted in a consent for a new 3-storey development comprising 20 new apartments in North London, making use of changes to the Use Classes rules (as well as other planning strategies) along the way. In total, permission for the scheme has added approximately £10m in development value to the site.

Planning a Way Forward in 2021

Last month, we took readers through a recent client success story involving a site with a single storey small community hall in which we secured consent for nine new apartments and a health centre.

Continuing this story, we now move on to the next stage of the project, which recently resulted in a consent for a new 3-storey development comprising 20 new apartments in North London, making use of changes to the Use Classes rules (as well as other planning strategies) along the way. In total, permission for the scheme has added approximately £10m in development value to the site.

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