Category Archives: Publications

Is the Pre-Application Process Worth Doing?

At the end of a meeting with any new client regarding development potential of a site I am often faced with the question “so what’s the next step” and my response is usually one along the lines of “you COULD submit a preapplication enquiry” where I go on to list the many benefits of a pre-application submission (which I DO acknowledge) however I usually reluctantly caveat my response with “but it might not be useful in this instance”.More >>

A Practical Guide to Heritage Statements

What is a Heritage Statement?

A heritage statement is an assessment of the significance of various types of heritage asset, exploring the impact of proposed developments upon these historical features.… More >>

Is it time to rebrand Green Belts?

Claire Hattam has been intrigued by the Green Belt debate for some time and after listening to the Civic Voice webinar recently decided to pen her thoughts on the webinar and the Green Belt debate in general…

For all the drama surrounding the ‘once in a generation’ reform of England’s planning system heralded by the various Government announcements in 2020, the most emotive and divisive planning issue of all was conspicuously absent – Green Belt.… More >>

A Practical Guide to Modification of s106 Planning Obligation Agreements

What is a Section 106 Agreement?

A section 106 agreement (s106 agreement) is designed to make a development that would otherwise not be possible happen by securing mitigation measure and/or contributions from a developer; known as planning obligations.  … More >>

A Practical Guide to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

Today we’re going to take a whistle stop tour of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), covering all the basic considerations you need to keep in mind if you’re looking to progress with one.… More >>

A Practical Guide to Development in the Green Belt

There are 6 main steps to consider when a proposed development lies within a Green Belt.… More >>