Back after so long
Written by Stephen Brooker
Back after far too long, i have found my blog writing pen.
A great deal has happened since my last blog. Walsingham Planning has grown by a whole office so we now have an office base in Bristol having joined forces with the former Ian Jewson Planning and we have changed our name so that we really are Walsingham Planning Ltd (rather than Crowdcrete trading as Walsingham Planning). We have also welcomed Ian Jewson from IJP and Jonathan Vose from our Knutsford office on to the Board.
We are in turbulent times with Brexit and a looming General Election so there may be a break from changes to the planning system, but who knows, a new incoming Government might also find time to make changes.
CIL continues to be as baffling as ever and we now have a Government Report to confirm the fact, maybe it will get changed, maybe it will not. Have also had a Government Report also pointing out the blooming obvious the the "Housing System is broken", but coming up with little in the way of definite suggestions of how to mend it.
NPPF continues to rattle cages as Councils struggle to find their 5 year housing figures. Permitted Development continues to get ever more complex with additional categories of change of use being exempted from making an application - apart from pubs which have had almost all of their permitted development taken away - I am still rather bewildered as why pubs are so much more deserving of support than many of the other things that make life pleasure (you could use PD rights to change our village hall but not the pub - where is the logic in that?).
With 20 professional planners plus support staff we are no longer a small pratice, we come more into the medium sized category, but the ethos, commitment and outlook all remain the same as for the last 32 years.