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Rory Baker

Rory Baker

May, 13 2024
Welcomed Changes to Permitted Development Rights

Following last summer’s consultation on national permitted development rights, the Government has amended the legislation for Class Q and Class R, Part 3, and Classes A and B, Part 6, […]

James Firth

Changes for Planning Enforcement

The Government has announced the 25th April 2024 as the date on which significant changes to planning enforcement rules will take effect. The changes, proposed as part of the Levelling-up […]

Kathryn Brown

Kathryn Brown

Apr, 02 2024
MANDATORY BNG EXTENDS TO SMALL DEVELOPMENTS

Today, 2nd April, marks the start of mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) for ‘small developments’. Since 12th February, the rules have only applied to ‘large developments’, but now almost all development needs […]

Kathryn Brown

Kathryn Brown

Feb, 12 2024
AND JUST LIKE THAT, BNG HAS OFFICIALLY ARRIVED

Introduced into the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 by the Environment Act 2021, as from 12th February 2024 planning permission will be subject to delivering at least a 10% increase […]

Kathryn Brown

Kathryn Brown

Sep, 08 2023
Nutrient Neutrality bust: a rebalancing of priorities, or a red flag for ecosystem markets?

The concept of ‘nutrient neutrality’ arose in 2018, following an interpretation of the EU’s Habitat Directive. Since then it has expanded to 75 local planning authorities in England, holding back […]

Kathryn Brown

Kathryn Brown

Jul, 31 2023
IMPORTANT UPDATE ON STATUTORY BIODIVERSITY CREDIT PRICES

Last week Defra announced indicative prices and information for developers wanting to buy statutory credits in order to comply with their Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) requirements. This will help developers […]

Rory Baker

Rory Baker

Jul, 28 2023
NEW CONSULTATION LAUNCHED FOR AGRICULTURAL PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT CHANGES

Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Housing and Levelling Up recently announced the Government’s long-term plan for housing as part of the emerging Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill. Whilst the […]

Kathryn Brown

Kathryn Brown

May, 17 2023
More Protection For Tenants – Renters (Reform) Bill 2023

The hugely anticipated Renters Reform Bill was introduced to Parliament today, following years of commitment from the Government to shake up the private rented sector. The proposed changes are wide […]

Peter Cole

Peter Cole

Mar, 06 2023
BIODIVERSITY OFFSETTING SCHEMES MOVE CLOSER FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT RESPONSE

Featured in several publications, including Farmers Weekly and Agronomist and Arable Farmer, our Associate Partner Peter Cole reflects on the meaning of the Government’s response to its Biodiversity Net Gain consultation. Read […]

Peter Cole

Peter Cole

Mar, 01 2023
Solar installation – what you should know

Installing solar on roofs was a popular option for farmers and domestic properties pre 2015 when the Government’s Feed-in Tariff was available. After 2015, when the subsidies fell away, the […]

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