Raising the roof – new permitted development right allows upwards extensions

The idea of introducing a new permitted development (PD) right to allow certain buildings to be extended upwards has been considered for some time. The Autumn 2018 Budget announced a consultation which included proposals to allow certain buildings to be extended upwards to provide new housing. Since then, upwards extensions have been mentioned on numerous … Read more

Planning reform – more holes in bigger cheese?

I read an article recently which told the story of an Oxford philosopher who spent a long evening with colleagues furiously debating the meaning of life. After eventually collapsing into bed, he awoke in the middle of the night with a brilliant thought. He scribbled it down on a pad beside the bed and went … Read more

Business and Planning Bill – to support Covid-19 recovery

Yesterday, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published the Business and Planning Bill 2019-2020 and supporting guidance. This is not the fundamental reform to the planning system that we have been told to expect; rather the Bill contains largely temporary measures to “support the transition from immediate [Covid-19] crisis response and lockdown … Read more

Beauty and the beast? – design codes and democracy

In his introduction to the recent Policy Exchange publication “Planning Anew“, the Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP has stated that the government will “focus on creating beautiful, environmentally friendly places”. This reference to beauty appears to be another indication that at least some of the recommendations set out in the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission’s … Read more

New permitted development right for “emergency” development

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, more people are in need of urgent medical attention. This has put immense pressure on the NHS. The ExCeL exhibition centre, which normally plays host to lifestyle shows, expos and conferences, has already been converted into the temporary NHS Nightingale Hospital with space for up to 4,000 beds, … Read more

COVID-19 – Planning FAQs

In light of the new measures put in place by the UK government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many projects are being assessed to determine whether they can continue or whether work should pause. Local authorities are putting in place appropriate measures for their areas to protect the health and safety of the public … Read more

Impact of COVID-19 on planning

This week, offices, schools and public places are being closed in response to COVID-19. Herbert Smith Freehills continues to provide a full client service, with our teams mostly working remotely but, as with all businesses, those involved in planning are trying to work out the best ways to continue with projects and what accommodations need … Read more