Partner Karen Jones, head of our leading Planning & Environmental Law team, was recently invited to comment on the Government’s newly announced ‘Build Build Build’ agenda, alongside experts from other leading firms including Savills, Haslams, Mode Transport Planning, RLB and Jansons Property.
In an article published by the UK Property Forums’ Thames tap, she explained:
“The Government has promised flexibility again but there are no signs that things will be radically different or more successful than its previous attempts to streamline and speed up the process.
In recent years they have been tampering with a system, that could (and did) work very well when resourced, to its detriment and for political reasons.
The office to residential Permitted Development (PD) rights clearly demonstrated how damaging this piecemeal tinkering could be.
The Town and Country Planning (Permitted Development and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2020 to allow upward extensions– which will take effect from August 1, may prove to have its own problems in practice.
Positives from the speech may be the ‘repurposing’ proposals, as a review of the Use Classes Order to modernise this 1987 statutory instrument would be helpful and is overdue.
Announcements of extra funding by way of the Brownfield Land Fund and Home Building Fund are welcomed but are not new, having been promised pre COVID-19.”
Blandy & Blandy’s expertise is acknowledged through prominent rankings in The Legal and 500 and Chambers UK and in Planning magazine, which this year named Blandy & Blandy among the UK’s top 15 Planning Law firms in the UK. The firm has also twice been named as a finalist for ‘Property Law Firm of the Year’ at the Thames Valley Property Awards, winning in 2017.
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