Government Inspector gives go ahead for North Dorset new planning policies

North Dorset District Council: The Inspector’s report on the examination of the North Dorset Local Plan Part 1 was received by the Council just before Christmas. As is now customary at this stage it is largely a formality confirming that subject to previously agreed modifications the Inspector is satisfied that the plan is sound. […]

Bournemouth Borough Council to begin charging Community Infrastructure Levy

Bournemouth Borough Council: The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is coming to development in Bournemouth very soon! We are expecting that Bournemouth Borough Council will begin charging on developments which gain planning permission on or after 01 March 2016 – just four months away. Whilst this is unlikely to capture applications […]

Government Inspector green-lights new planning policies in Weymouth and Portland and West Dorset

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and West Dorset District Council: The Inspector’s report into the Joint Core Strategy of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and West Dorset District Council has now been published. Subject to several minor modifications and an early plan review in 2021, the new policies have been […]

Approved: office-to-residential change of use for 28 flats in the centre of Guildford

Guildford Borough Council: Pure Town Planning has just secured consent for another office (Use Class B1a) to residential permitted development scheme, this time  for 28 one and two bedroom flats in central Guildford, Surrey. Despite 29 objections from local residents the appointed planning officer rightly noted that the proposal was not […]

Borough of Poole considering eye-watering CIL rates for Sandbanks

Borough of Poole: The Council have been operating the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for two years now and are currently in the process of reviewing the rates. Last week (22 January 2015) the Head of Planning and Regeneration presented  a report to the Council’s Economy Overview and Scrutiny Committee which has given us […]

Bournemouth consults on a new Town Centre Design Guide

Bournemouth Borough Council: Another 70 pages of planning guidance – just what we all need? Well Bournemouth Borough Council are currently consulting on a new Supplementary Planning Guidance entitled “Bournemouth Town Centre Development Design Guide” which is indeed that long. The document is subtitled “Celebrating & strengthening local distinctiveness” and the contents […]

Winchester publishes Local Plan Part 2 for consultation

Winchester City Council: Winchester City Council has just published a draft of its Local Plan Part 2 – Development Management & Allocations document for consultation. This forthcoming planning policy document will apply only to the City Council area outside the South Downs National Park. It is an important document however because it sets out most […]

Finally CIL progress from Bournemouth Borough Council!

Bournemouth Borough Council: Well it’s taken a them while but finally Bournemouth Borough Council today publishes its preliminary draft Community Infrastructure Levy charging schedule. Fortunately it looks like it’s good news folks! Just quickly if you need a refresher on the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) then check out our briefing note here. […]

North Dorset planning policy changes coming – get your consents in place…

North Dorset District Council: It’s a while since we’ve done one of these call to arms but the developing planning policy of North Dorset District Council warrants carefully attention and action where necessary. The headline is this: if you have a potential residential development site which doesn’t have planning consent within one […]

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