Category Archives: Publications

New Use Class E – A ray of Hope for Britain’s Highstreets?

What is Class E use?

Introduced by the government in mid-2020, the new use Class E in the Use Class Order 1987 (as amended) covers establishments formally included in classes A1 (shops), A2 (financial and professional) and A3 (restaurants and cafes).… More >>

Changing Shopping Habits in a Post-COVID World: Where Does Planning fit in?

In a world dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, Highstreet shopping quickly became a thing of the past last year, on a scale that could never have been foreseen.… More >>

A Practical Guide to Material Planning Considerations

When planning permission is being sought out for a new development, there are an endless number of potential objections and issues that may be raised by concerned local residents.… More >>

A Practical Guide to Listed Buildings

What is a Listed Building?

Structures or buildings that are of special significance, are classified as listed buildings establishing its architectural or historic value.… More >>

A Practical Guide to Conservation Areas

What is a Conservation Area?

The purpose of a conservation area is to protect a location of particular historical or architectural interest, it is desirable to preserve or enhance its character or appearance.… More >>

A Practical Guide to Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)

What is a Tree Preservation Order?

Tree Preservation Orders (or TPOs) are placed upon trees that have been assessed and identified as having ‘amenity value’.… More >>

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?

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 >>