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Letter from Chief Planner, Steve Quartermain CBE (March 2020)

March 2020 News Planning

“Planning is a wonderful profession and we have great people doing a great job. Be practical, be pragmatic and let's plan for the recovery” In what was expected to be…

Letter from Chief Planner, Steve Quartermain CBE (March 2020)
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Letter from Chief Planner, Steve Quartermain CBE (March 2020)

March 2020 Planning

“Planning is a wonderful profession and we have great people doing a great job. Be practical, be pragmatic and let’s plan for the recovery”

In what was expected to be his last letter, Steve Quartermain CBE, has provided some usual updates but also important information on the COVID-19 position.

The key points of his letter include:

  • Decision Making – The Government has confirmed that it will introduce legislation to allow council committee meetings to be held virtually for a temporary period, which we expect will allow planning committees to continue
  • Planning Enforcement – A Written Ministerial Statement urges local planning authorities to apply pragmatism to the enforcement of restrictions on food and other essential deliveries at this time and should also use their discretion on the enforcement of other planning conditions which hinder the effective response to COVID-19.
  • Permitted Development – The government has made clear that all pubs, restaurants and cafes should no longer be open for on-site consumption but can remain open to provide a takeaway service and that this right will be enshrined in legislation with a permitted development right (PDR) coming into force at 10am on Tuesday 24 March for a 12 month period.
  • Planning Inspectorate – In response to the spread of COVID-19, the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has published guidance on how it will continue to carry out its duties. While some site visits, hearings, inquiries and events will have to be cancelled or postponed, PINS is considering alternative arrangements where possible. PINS will keep its guidance
  • Neighbourhood Planning ReferendumsThe Coronavirus Bill, introduced into Parliament on 19 March, contains provisions to enable the postponement of electoral events, including neighbourhood planning referendums, over the course of the year.

Read the letter in full here. 

New Temporary Permitted Development Rights for the Change of Use

March 2020 News Planning

The Government’s new permitted development rights to allow restaurants and pubs to become takeaways have now been released under ‘The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment)…

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New Temporary Permitted Development Rights for the Change of Use

March 2020 Planning

The Government’s new permitted development rights to allow restaurants and pubs to become takeaways have now been released under ‘The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2020 (SI 2020 No.330)’. They will come into effect from today (24th March).

These new rights will comprise Class DA, Part 4 of the second schedule, allowing:

  • “Restaurants and cafes, drinking establishments and drinking establishments with expanded food
    provision to temporarily provide takeaway food”

This applies to existing restaurants (Class A3, pubs/bars (A4), mixed-use (A3/A4) and A4 uses with expanded food provision (AA).

The temporary 1-year rights allow the provision of the takeaway use from 10.00 a.m. on 24th March 2020 and ending with 23rd March 2021.

The Conditions of Class DA are that:

  • The Developer must notify the LPA
  • The use of Class DA does not change the use class of the building or land with its curtilage
  • At the end of 23rd March 2021 or at the point when the takeaway use ceases before this date, the unit will revert back to its lawful use

The full Statutory Instrument text is available here and includes a definition of takeaway use.

Coronavirus Update (2)

March 2020 News

At PFK we aim to continue our service as best we can during this difficult time. We will continue to monitor the situation and take guidance from the government in…

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Coronavirus Update (2)

March 2020

At PFK we aim to continue our service as best we can during this difficult time.

We will continue to monitor the situation and take guidance from the government in order to keep our customers, staff and their families safe.

With this in mind, we have taken the decision to temporarily close our offices to the general public. From Monday 23rd March 2020, our office will be closed and all face-to-face appointments will be rescheduled for a future date. Our staff will still be available to deal with any enquiries received by email or phone and will continue to progress any current projects. Given that many businesses are likely to be affected, and this remains an evolving situation, please note that there may be some delays to our normal service. We will do our best to keep these to a minimum.

It is paramount to us as a company that you understand we have not made the decision lightly and that we want to continue to work with our customers and provide the best service possible and with that in mind if you have any queries at all please do not hesitate to contact us:

We will, of course, update you with any additional, relevant information as things change.

PFK Land and Development Team 

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Coronavirus Update

March 2020 News planning Planning

At PFK we aim to continue our service as best we can during this difficult time. We will continue to monitor the situation and take guidance from the government in…

Coronavirus Update
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Coronavirus Update

March 2020 Planning

At PFK we aim to continue our service as best we can during this difficult time.

We will continue to monitor the situation and take guidance from the government in order to keep our customers, staff and their families safe.

We set out below how our operation will run as from Wednesday 18 March 2020 until further notice.

Our Land and Development department will remain open at the present time; however, we would ask that any face-to-face contact is by appointment only.

We can be contacted on the following email address and phone number:

Email – landanddevelopment@pfk.co.uk 

Phone – 01228 586805

In an effort to delay the spread of Coronavirus, we ask anyone who attends our office to inform us if any of the following apply:

  • You have recently returned from overseas travel;
  • You have come into close contact with someone who has laboratory confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the past 14 days;
  • You have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting test results;
  • You have a fever or symptoms of lower respiratory illness such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; or
  • You have any other medical conditions or vulnerabilities that may put you at risk.

If any of the above factors apply to you, we ask that you do not attend our office and that you contact us by phone or email.

Given that many businesses are likely to be affected, and this remain and evolving situation, please note that there may be some delays to our normal service. We will do our best to keep these to a minimum.

PFK Land and Development Team 

Is your septic tank legal?

February 2020 Blog Surveys

New septic tank regulations became effective from 1 January 2020. If you have an old style septic tank – a tank like structure which discharges waste onto a drainage field and…

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Is your septic tank legal?

February 2020 Surveys

New septic tank regulations became effective from 1 January 2020.

If you have an old style septic tank – a tank like structure which discharges waste onto a drainage field and is then simply released to the ground, then if this is working efficiently and not causing any pollution then the installation can continue as it is.

If you have an old style septic tank which discharges into a pipe then into a water course i.e. a ditch, stream, river, lake, gutter, gully, etc., then this is no longer permitted. You need to install a modern style septic tank called a ‘sewage treatment plant’.

If you already have a sewage treatment plant which was installed after 2015, then this should comply with the new regulations. This requires no further action as long as it is functioning properly and is well maintained.

There are many considerations in regard to foul water drainage systems, best answered by your supplier and installer although there are two significant considerations which are:

  1. Storm water from gutters, etc., must not enter the sewage treatment plant. This can mean significant expense re-routing pipes.
  2. A modern sewage treatment plant usually requires and electrical supply

For more information, please contact Andrew Green on 01900 821411 or email surveys@pfk.co.uk

Planning application for first phase of E41 submitted

February 2020 News Planning

PFK have recently made a planning application for the first phase of infrastructure to support the new business park proposed for Penrith which has been named E41. E41 was granted…

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Planning application for first phase of E41 submitted

February 2020 Planning

PFK have recently made a planning application for the first phase of infrastructure to support the new business park proposed for Penrith which has been named E41.

E41 was granted outline planning permission in June 2018 for a major distribution logistics facility, large scale industrial or manufacturing operation or a high-tech office development on the 18.65 acre site by Eden District Council and this application marks a significant step towards its realisation.

The planning application seeks permission to install the access and some initial drainage works to facilitate the wider scheme coming forward and ensuring the site is open for business.

The scheme will support Eden District Council in bringing forward a new business opportunity with excellent transport links and will allow existing businesses to expand as well as provided much needed space for new businesses moving into the area.

Land & Development downloadable brochure

February 2020

We have created this fantastic brochure to guide you through all things PFK Land & Development. Click here to download    …

Land & Development downloadable brochure
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Land & Development downloadable brochure

February 2020

We have created this fantastic brochure to guide you through all things PFK Land & Development.

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Housing Land Supply Calculation - Standard Methodology

January 2020 News Planning

Paragraph 73 of the National Planning Policy Framework requires local planning authorities to identify and update annually a supply of specific deliverable sites sufficient to provide a minimum of five…

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Housing Land Supply Calculation - Standard Methodology

January 2020 Planning

Paragraph 73 of the National Planning Policy Framework requires local planning authorities to identify and update annually a supply of specific deliverable sites sufficient to provide a minimum of five years’ worth of housing against their housing requirement set out in adopted strategic policies, or against their local housing need where those policies are more than five years old.

Preston City Council has recently reviewed their Five Year Housing Land Supply Calculation and is planning to reconsider a number of decisions taken to approve planning applications for housing development. This resolution will potentially affect the approval of 974 homes across the Preston City Council area. These applications are due to be reconsidered in February 2020, all the schemes on the agenda were previously granted consent, but were still in negotiations over section 106 agreements and were yet to be formally approved.

The Council’s decision to review their Housing Land Supply position was taken following an appeal decision issued in December 2019 in connection with a site in the neighbouring South Ribble Borough Council area, full details of this decision can be read here. The Inspector concluded that the using the new recommended standard methodology, South Ribble Borough Council are able to demonstrate a fiver year supply of deliverable housing sites. South Ribble, Preston, and Chorley councils are working together to deliver a joint Central Lancashire Development Plan and see themselves as one housing market.

Using the standard methodology, Preston City Council have reduced their annual housing requirement from 507 to 410, meaning like South Ribble Borough Council, Preston City Council can demonstrate a five year supply, further details on their methodology and calculations can be read here.

The Government’s standard methodology for calculating the new homes needed in each council area has proved to be controversial since its introduction. The methodology was intended to boost housing supply, but is widely thought to create a bias towards delivery in the South, with reduced housing targets across the North. This approach could be taken by any planning authority whose strategic policies are more than five years old, and where pressure exists on their ability to demonstrate a five year supply of housing sites.

This radical approach taken by Preston City Council emphasises the need to focus on the conclusion of planning decisions as quickly as possible. Building and maintaining excellent working relationships with local planning authorities and understanding the policy requirements from the outset can help to achieve this.

PFK Land and Development seek to work proactively with local planning authorities from inception to decision, contact our experienced team to find out how we can help you.

Call 01228 586805 or email landanddevelopment@pfk.co.uk.

How are planning decisions are made?

January 2020 News Planning

At times the planning system can feel like something of a lottery, with seemingly arbitrary decisions being made on each planning application. However, despite appearances, there is a strict process…

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How are planning decisions are made?

January 2020 Planning

At times the planning system can feel like something of a lottery, with seemingly arbitrary decisions being made on each planning application. However, despite appearances, there is a strict process that councils should follow when applications are decided.

Planning is essentially an exercise of comparing the benefits of a proposed development with the harm it would cause. Very rarely are developments entirely without harm, or entirely without benefit.

The starting point for deciding any planning application is the development plan. The development plan is the set of documents that outlines a council’s aspirations for development in its area over a particular period of time. It can include documents like a Local Plan, Core Strategy and Proposals Map.

Material Considerations are essentially all the factors that need to be taken into account beyond what the development plan says. This might include site specific factors such as the loss of trees or traffic problems. It could also include more general matters such as other appeal decisions or relevant case law.

Click here to read PFK’s guide to how planning decisions are made.

 

Appeal Dismissed

January 2020 News Planning

PFK Land and Development recently represented Allerdale Borough Council at the appeal hearing for a proposed B & M retail store on the edge of Cockermouth. We are delighted to…

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Appeal Dismissed

January 2020 Planning

PFK Land and Development recently represented Allerdale Borough Council at the appeal hearing for a proposed B & M retail store on the edge of Cockermouth.

We are delighted to report that the appeal has been dismissed and the Council’s original decision upheld. The full appeal decision can be found here.

PFK Land and Development can offer assistance with appeals of any size, including the submission of third party representations. Please get in touch by emailing landanddevelopment@pfk.co.uk or call 01228 586805 for more information.

 

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