Developers and land owners guided through maze of planning law changes


A vast swathe of planning law changes are being brought into force which will impact their current and future proposals and investments, experts told a seminar in Shropshire. 

Developers, land owners and representatives from the property sector recently attended the Shifting Sands event hosted by FBC Manby Bowdler’s Town and Country Planning team.

Planning Solicitor-Advocate Niall Blackie, Senior Partner with the firm and a member of the Law Society's Specialist Planning Panel, was joined by Suzanne Tucker and Mark Turner to cover the challenges presented by the Housing & Planning Act 2016, the evolving position on local planning and development policy, as well as sustainable development across the county.

Niall said: “The current Government has ambitious plans to markedly increase the amount of residential property being built in order to create the conditions to enable a shift from generation rent to generation buy.  However, the actual number of properties being built still falls well below the targets in place.

“Some of this boils down to the fact that there seems to have been a constant and on-going game of ping-pong with the Housing & Planning Act.  This has, understandably, left many developers and land owners feeling overwhelmed which is why we decided to run this event.

“Our aim was to simply and effectively guide those in attendance through the maze of updates relating to planning permissions and obligations; the role of parish councils; and the importance of local planning authorities having in place clear and effective Local Plans that are universally understood and adopted.”

The seminar also provided guidance on how to approach successful sustainable development – and updated delegates on the recent landmark case which saw the Court of Appeal overturn a ruling which had quashed the Government's policy on affordable housing, potentially paving the way for hundreds of new applications for developments across the UK. 

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