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Planning news – 2 April 2020

by on April 3, 2020

Covid-19: Quartermain outlines government support for planning authorities in final letter as chief planner
England’s chief planner Steve Quartermain has encouraged local planning authorities to use technology to continue their service and ensure that discussions and consultations can go ahead during the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19).
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Coronavirus Act allows virtual planning committee meetings
Planning committee meetings will be able to be held virtually during restrictions implemented to stem the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) under emergency legislation.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Decline in planning decisions and applications in England
District-level planning authorities granted 83,500 decisions in the fourth quarter of 2019, which is equivalent to 87 per cent of decisions.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Stats indicate decline in new-build starts in Q4 2019
Between October and December 2019, there were an estimated 34,260 new-build starts in England, 11 per cent less than the number started between July and September 2019.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Cycling pressure group launches plan to ‘decarbonise London’
The London Cycling Campaign has published its Climate Safe Streets report – a roadmap towards decarbonising the capital’s roads within the next 10 years.
Deborah Shrewsbury, The Planner

News round-up

  • Renewable energy on the up
  • Edinburgh contractors asked to follow national guidance
  • Joint venture search for Oxford North starts
  • Investment in Kent railway works announced
  • Council issues call for help to house homeless
  • Burnham’s charity donates £100k to homelessness
    Laura Edgar, The Planner
One Comment
  1. Hi everyone,

    I hope you are all keeping well. I know things are tough out there, we are finding it so, but we all must do our part.

    Has anyone else got problems with LA’s saying

    “Unfortunately neither the site visit nor the posting of site notices has occurred and with the current government Lock Down we are not conducting any site visits now until further guidance allows us to do so safely. The restriction on non-essential movement means that applications cannot be lawfully considered given that 3rd parties have not been consulted.”

    I would have thought site notices could be posted by owners if the LA send them as a PDF and photos of notice in place and site photos would assist the LA by ensuring they do not have to visit.

    Are other LA’s doing this too ? or if not do they have a strategy to allow applications to continue ?

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