“An Astonishing Clause”

Sunday, December 27, 2015 admin 4

The ” Decisions , Decisions., Decisions” blog has an item here about “an astonishing clause” that the government has laid before parliament in the Housing and Planning Bill three days before Christmas. The legal jargon is not easy to follow, but would allow in some circumstances for “designated persons” (private […]

Just What IS The Government Proposing?

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 admin 1

From the Telegraph today: Thousands of new homes are set to be built on the Green Belt in the biggest relaxation to planning protections for 30 years. A new Government consultation proposes to change strict rules that only allow building on the ribbon of greenfield land around towns and cities […]

What Happened To Localism?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 admin 2

From the Telegraph yesterday: Tens of thousands of new homes in greenfield areas in England will be given automatic planning permission amid fears that communities will have inappropriate developments forced on them. Ministers have quietly given developers the right to be granted “planning in principle” in areas that are earmarked […]

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Rochford District Council Planning Team Are Up for An Award!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 admin 4

Councillors were told last night that the District Council’s Planning Policy Team have been short-listed for the Royal Town Planning Institute’s 2015 awards for Planning Excellence – Local Authority Planning Team of the Year! (These are planning officers not councillors.) To quote from the Institute’s website: Rochford District is home […]

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A Question Of Floor Space, A Question Of Localism

Saturday, January 17, 2015 admin 2

There’s a planning application in Hockley to construct a two bedroom bungalow. The application number is 14/00807/FUL and the intention is to build in the rear garden of 28 Great Eastern Avenue but fronting directly onto Gladstone Road. What’s interesting is that last month the council adopted policies about minimum […]

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Serious Reading

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 admin 3

We’re fairly busy at Onlinefocus Towers at the moment, studying planning documents and whatnot. So there’s less time to write. But if you are in the mood for some serious reading, have a look here. It has information about the Rochford District Development Management Plan – basically the set of […]

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Tonight’s Council Meeting

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 admin 0

It was reasonably lively but without any bad temper. Here’s a few points: Council Chairman June Lumley was admirably frugal tonight. Most Council Chairman request a buffet with wine for councillors on the night of the December meeting. June didn’t do this, but did arrange refreshments to the public who […]

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Full Council Next Tuesday Night

Friday, December 12, 2014 admin 1

The are two District Council meetings open to the public next week. Both start at 7:30 pm at the Civic Suite (opposite Rayleigh Church). Tuesday night has Full Council, Thursday night has Development Committee. Some of the items at Full Council are: 2 formal questions from Chris Black to Cllr […]

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Changes To Look At Carefully !

Sunday, July 20, 2014 admin 19

One part of the District Council’s Local Development? Framework is the “Development Management Plan”. This is the document that sets out the day-to-day policy for determining planning applications. The document has already been to an government inspector, the inspector asked for some changes, and the council officers have now amended […]

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Advice On Fighting Planning Appeals

Sunday, February 16, 2014 admin 4

The planning blog Decisions Decisions Decisions had an item recently on how to use the National Planning Policy Framework to win planning appeals on big planning applications: ……here are my rules of thumb of cases where you may be likely to win an appeal. 1) Is it a case where […]

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The “Local List”

Thursday, December 19, 2013 admin 2

One good thing approved at Tuesday’s Full District Council was the reintroduction of a new “local list”. These are buildings or items of street furniture not considered valuable enough to get national “Listed” status but will be shown on a new local list. This will give them some protection from […]