Category Archives: Publications

Staycations: Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic

With the COVID-19 pandemic infiltrating and altering almost every aspect of our lives, it’s no surprise that the future of tourism is likely to look a little different, too.… More >>

Chrissy’s First Month At Planning House

Chrissy has been with us for a month now, so we asked her to sum up how she has found the transition from local government to private sector…

“I’ve been in post now for a month and whilst there’s lots of symmetry with how I used to work, I’m enjoying learning new skills each day… Conducting initial conversations with potential clients to see how I can assist them, submitting applications on the Planning Portal, liaising with the client to get all the relevant information for the Planning Statement etc.… More >>

Planning and Tourism: How do they go hand-in-hand?

With tourism alone accounting for a whopping 7.2% of the UK’s GDP and 10% of all jobs, keeping the industry thriving and maintaining steady growth is absolutely vital to the health of the nation’s economy.… More >>

Planning Success – Sunderland Recycling Facility

We are delighted that we have secured planning approval for one of our recurring clients J&B Recycling .  More >>

Planning Success Haswell

We are delighted to announce that planning permission has been secured for conversion of existing garage/outbuildings to a single dwelling covering the existing footprint with an extension at a site in Co.… More >>

A Practical Guide to Retail Impact Assessment & Sequential Test

What is a Retail Impact Assessment?

A Retail Impact Assessment is required as part of an application for retail use which is outside a defined retail centre.… More >>

New Permitted Development Rights for Shops and Commercial (Class MA)

What are Permitted Development Rights?

Permitted development rights are a list of improvements and alterations you can make to a property, without typically having to apply for planning permission.… More >>

We Are Delighted To Welcome Chrissy Farrer To The Team

Chrissy Farrer, a chartered town planner from Derby with over 20 years’ experience working in the public sector, has often thought about a move into the private sector and how this could be combined with flexible working hours, but the right opportunity never came along.… More >>

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 >>