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Launch of National Planning Policy Guidance (NPPG)

The Government discarded many 100’s of pages of planning guidance amid much fanfare and controversy when NPPF was introduced in March 2012. NPPF has continued to hit (some) headlines as some Councils and local residents have felt besieged by applications for housing in areas that cannot meet their requirement to have a 5 year supply of housing sites available. Many such applications have been allowed because of the NPPF requirements.

It was with very much less fanfare that the Government re-introduced 100’s of pages of planning guidance in a web based form as NPPG a couple of months ago. It will take time before the subtle differences between previous Guidance and NPPG become apparent and there has already been much investigation of the minutiae of wording to see if NPPF is being gently nudged in a different direction.

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New Permitted Development Rights – Enough to make a farmer forget the weather or a shop owner rejoice?

Hot on the heels of controversial measures to allow change of use of offices to residential new powers were launched in April to allow some agricultural buildings and shops to be converted to residential uses.

The new powers continue the rather curious system of requiring potential developers to go through a “prior approval process” under which they must advise Councils of their intentions and there are a limited set of circumstances in which the Council can then require that a planning application be submitted. But, as illustrated in a recent appeal case, the Government intends that those powers to require planning applications to be made should be used in only a strict interpretation of those limited circumstances.

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Walsingham Planning 30th birthday

We are very pleased and proud to be able to celebrate 30 years in practice advising clients, negotiating schemes and achieving positive outcomes.

The 100 FTSE index was started; Torvill & Dean won gold, Steve Redgrave won his first gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics, the Miner’s Strike, Tommy Cooper dies, the Thames Barrier is opened, an earthquake in North Wales, the BT share sale to the public………and Cliff Walsingham starts a planning consultancy – 1984 a year to remember.

The Company has come a very long way from those early days in 1984 when Cliff started up with just a secretary and a handful of clients. We have grown to have 2 offices, owning one of them freehold, 17 employees and a successful record with a list of 140+ different clients active in 2013.

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30 Years in business 1984 to 2014

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2014 saw Walsingham Planning celebrate 30 years in business as a town planning consultancy. We would like to thank all of our clients for their continued support and look forward to the next 30 years.