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Build, Build, Build..... Government Announces New Planning Reforms

July 2020 News Planning

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out new regulations that will see buildings and land changing use without planning permission, with a policy paper due in July outlining how ‘England’…

Build, Build, Build..... Government Announces New Planning Reforms
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Build, Build, Build..... Government Announces New Planning Reforms

July 2020 Planning

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out new regulations that will see buildings and land changing use without planning permission, with a policy paper due in July outlining how ‘England’s seven-decade-old planning system will be reformed for modern society’. These measures form part of his government’s plan to level up the country and help the UK recover from the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic – to “build back better, build back greener, build back faster”.

The changes set out by the government would see more types of commercial premises having “total flexibility” to be repurposed by reforming the use classes order. These new regulations will give greater freedom for buildings and land in our town centres to change use without planning permission and create new homes from the regeneration of vacant and redundant buildings.

Some of the changes announced this week include:

  • A new flexibility for a building used for retail to be able to be permanently used as a café or office without requiring a planning application;
  • A wider range of commercial buildings will be allowed to change to residential use without the need for a planning application;
  • Builders or Developers will no longer need a normal planning application to demolish and rebuild vacant and redundant residential and commercial buildings if they are rebuilt as homes;
  • Property owners will be able to build additional space above their properties via a fast track approval process, subject to neighbour consultation

The Government was clear the these new provisions for flexible change of use and redevelopment will not include pubs, libraries, village shops and other types of uses essential to the lifeblood of communities.

These new regulations are expected to be in place by September this year.

Do you need advice on how to develop a vacant or redundant building?

Contact PFK Land and Development on 01228 586805 or email landanddevelopment@pfk.co.uk for more information.

 

New Housing Approved in Scotby

May 2020

Full planning approval has been granted for the construction of four new dwellings in Scotby. The scheme will provide four bespoke dwellings, which have been specifically designed by Black Box…

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New Housing Approved in Scotby

May 2020

Full planning approval has been granted for the construction of four new dwellings in Scotby.

The scheme will provide four bespoke dwellings, which have been specifically designed by Black Box Architects to offer higher environmental standards, and to provide for ‘lifetime’ living with the inclusion of flexible accommodation on the ground floor. The application was amended in discussion with Carlisle City Council and demonstrates an example of sustainable housing delivery, which uses innovative design and materials to achieve a high-quality development.

The detailed scheme was approved unanimously this morning by Carlisle City Council’s Development Control Committee, who considered the proposals at their second virtual Planning Committee meeting.

 

A Message From Local Plan News

May 2020 News Planning

Planning is still moving onwards, South Lakeland District Council are continuing with the development of the Local Plan. If you have land or an interest in any planning aspect that…

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A Message From Local Plan News

May 2020 Planning

Planning is still moving onwards, South Lakeland District Council are continuing with the development of the Local Plan. If you have land or an interest in any planning aspect that we can help you with, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Landanddevelopment@pfk.co.uk

RELEASE FROM SLDC

Planning for uncertain times…

A lot has changed in the world since we launched our review of the South Lakeland Local Plan February 2020.

The advice from the government’s Chief Planner is to continue with plan making as best we can during the Covid-19 pandemic, adjusting timescales if necessary. We’re currently taking stock and following developments and debate in the planning world, including this online discussion of policy planners chaired by the Planning Advisory Service which reveals some challenges that local authorities are facing in progressing their Local Plans during the pandemic.

Reviewing our Local Plan—where are we?

We launched our Local Plan Review in February to start conversations with communities and stakeholders about the future of our area, and we published a number of documents on our new Local Plan Review webpage which we are still seeking views on, including:

  • A Summary Leaflet which provides a brief introduction to the Local Plan Review.
  • A Discussion Paper which sets out what the Local Plan Review is all about and summarises which areas of the Local Plan we think need updating and what the key issues facing our district are.
  • A Draft Policy Review Paper which presents our initial view on which policies in our Local Plan we think need updating.
  • A draft Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report which sets out the key issues in our area and how we will assess the sustainability impacts of the Local Plan as we review it.

We launched two online surveys for people to share their views on the above documents, including a short survey and a more detailed survey based on the discussion paper and policy review paper.

We had planned five public drop in events to talk with communities and attended three of these before the coronavirus situation escalated and the final two events in Kendal and Milnthorpe were postponed until further notice.

We also held a stakeholder launch event on 6 March 2020 in Kendal where a varied range of stakeholders came together to discuss the key issues from their perspective and to consider which parts of the Local Plan need to be revised. You can read a write up of the launch event here.

We recognise that stakeholders and communities have been and continue to be severely challenged by the impacts of the Covid-19 emergency. We are therefore reviewing how best to take the plan forward and continue engagement in the recovery period.

 

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Coronavirus Update

March 2020 News Planning

I am sure that the challenging circumstances of the past week have not escaped you as they have impacted on everyone’s way of life. As a result of these…

Coronavirus Update
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Coronavirus Update

March 2020 Planning

I am sure that the challenging circumstances of the past week have not escaped you as they have impacted on everyone’s way of life.

As a result of these unprecedented times we have had to furlough a number of colleagues in the short term. They have all been fantastically understanding. We are all determined to ensure that PFK will come out of the other side of this situation stronger as a business and team.

We have been able to bring into action a plan to allow home working, however it does bring its own challenges. As a result the best way to contact us is via email at landanddevelopment@pfk.co.uk, if you require a call back please leave an email and someone will be in touch with you as soon as we can, however, please bear with us as response times may be longer than usual.

Thank you and stay safe

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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.

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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…

Is your septic tank legal?
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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.

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