Below is a summary of our most recently approved planning applications and appeals.
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Land off Barlings Lane, Langworth, Lincoln
West Lindsey District Council granted planning permission for drainage attenuation pond and associated drainage infrastructure on 18/11/20
The Clairmont Guest House, 54 Haygate Road, Wellington, Telford
Telford & Wrekin Council granted planning permission for the change of use from Bed and Breakfast (C1) to a Family Assessment Centre (C2) on 18/11/20
White House, Hobb Lane, Walton, Warrington
Warrington Borough Council granted planning permission for the demolition of the existing two-storey dwelling and three detached outbuildings and the construction of a two-storey replacement dwelling with attached garage, single-storey detached outbuilding and alteration to access (amendment to 2018/32926) on 18/11/20
Woodend Farm, Schoolfold Lane, Adlington
Cheshire East Council granted planning permission for the extension,...
Emery Planning has been involved in an appeal by Bloor Homes Western against the decision of Herefordshire Council to refuse to grant outline planning permission for a mixed use development including up to 625 dwellings on land to the north of the viaduct in Ledbury, Herefordshire. The appeal was heard by way of a virtual public inquiry, which took place over two weeks in July and September 2020. Emery Planning prepared and presented the evidence in relation to the Council’s five year housing land supply on behalf of the Appellant. The appeal will be determined by the Secretary of State.
Business and Planning Bill 2019-20
Summary of changes – Business and Planning Bill 2019-2020
On 25th June 2020, the Government announced a set of measures as part of the Business and Planning Bill 2019-20 to bring forward temporary changes to the planning system to support economic recovery. These are summarised below:
Planning permission expirations (p.27):
• Section 93A - Permissions that have an expiry date between the day Section 17 of the Business and Planning Act comes into effect and the end of this year (31 December 2020) will now have that consent extended to 1 April 2021
• Section 93B - Permissions which expired between 23 March 2020 and the day before which Section 17 of the Business and Planning Act comes into effect will need ‘additional environmental approval’ – to ensure EIA and habitats assessments remain up to date – also extends permission until 1 April 2021 if approved.
- Decision must be...
Emery Planning was appointed to provide planning advice in relation to a site in on the edge of Lymm and worked closely with Barnes Walker and Dave Gowen Design in securing planning permission for the redevelopment of farm buildings for 6 dwellings. The site is within the designated Green Belt and the redevelopment of the agricultural buildings was inappropriate development within the Green Belt. However, Warrington Council agreed that there were the ‘very special circumstances’ necessary to justify the grant of planning permission, including reference to a Fallback Position for a prior notification scheme, and that the high-quality design concept would make a positive contribution to the area.
Emery Planning was appointed to provide planning advice in relation to a site in Saddleworth and worked closely with HNA Architects in securing planning permission for the erection of a dwelling house. The site is within the designated Green Belt and an appeal had been dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate in 2015 for the erection of a dwelling. We were able to emphasise more recent case law in support of our position that the scheme was now compliant with Green Belt planning policy in terms of infill development within villages and paragraph 145(e) of the Framework. Oldham Council agreed that the new dwelling would be compliant with the development plan and national planning policy guidance.
Emery Planning has obtained planning permission on appeal for the construction of 2 houses at Pool Road, Lymm. Planning permission had been refused by Warrington Borough Council for five reasons including flood risk, impact on living conditions of existing neighbouring residents, effect on the character and appearance of the area and the effect. The Inspector concluded that:
the proposal would not result in an unacceptable risk of flooding to the detriment of the living conditions of future occupiers;
it would not significantly harm the living conditions of existing neighbouring residents through the construction phase of the development;
the proposed development would not have a significant harmful effect on the character and appearance of the appeal site and surrounding area; and
there would not be a significant harmful effect on biodiversity.
The Inspector found that the council had behaved unreasonably resulting in unnecessary expenses to the appellant. The council was ordered to pay the appellants...
Emery Planning was appointed to progress a planning application with Preston City Council for the redevelopment of redundant barn buildings for the erection of two dwellings in Broughton-in-Amounderness. Preston City Council agreed that the contemporary design concept by MCK Associates would be appropriate for the area and that the scheme would accord with the local plan and the neighbourhood plan with no adverse impact on the designated Area of Separation. Planning permission was recently granted.
Emery Planning would like to assure all our clients and contacts that we remain open for business during the current uncertain times presented by Coronavirus. We are following all guidance provided by the Government. All our staff are working at home and are able to progress your instructions as we would at any other time. We can be contacted by phone or email as usual.
Where instructions require a site visit, we are assessing the need and undertaking them in accordance with social distancing guidelines and Government advice. Meetings are being progressed remotely through either PC or telephone conferencing.
We are working closely with local authorities and the Planning Inspectorate who are also continuing to progress planning applications and appeals remotely.
We will adapt as the situation changes and we will endeavour to progress all projects as normal.
Thank you for your understanding and support. Please contact us if you have any...
Emery Planning have secured outline planning permission on behalf of the Trustees of Hammond Ground for an infill dwelling on George Lane, Read. The site is in the open countryside. However Ribble Valley’s Core Strategy allows for development beyond settlement boundaries of Tier 1 settlements such as Chatburn where it meets the definition of “expansion” or “consolidation” as set out in the glossary to the Core Strategy. The Council agreed that the site was a logical infill plot and that the site did not form part of the historic parkland setting of Read Hall.
Emery Planning was appointed to provide planning advice in relation to a site at Hollyville, Greenfield, Saddleworth, and worked closely with HNA Architects in securing planning permission for the erection of a dwelling house. The site is within the designated Green Belt and consisted a number of redundant buildings and structures. Oldham Council agreed that the new dwelling would not have a greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt and that the design would be appropriate for the surrounding area.
Emery planning has secured planning permission from Cheshire West and Chester Council for the demolition of an existing indoor riding arena, stables and static caravan and the construction of one detached dwelling on Racecourse Lane, Cotebrook, Tarporley.
The site is located within the open countryside as identified in the adopted local plan. The site forms part of a group of existing dwellings along Racecourse Lane and Tarporley Road. The council were of the view the site did not fall within the definition of ‘previously developed land’ having regard to their definition in the Cheshire West and Chester Local Plan Part 2. They were also of the view that it was an unsustainable location for new residential development. The council eventually accepted it was previously developed land and given there is an existing static caravan on the site, residential use of the site had already been established. Furthermore, the proposal would...
Emery Planning leads the way.
Macclesfield-based Emery Planning has come out on top in a Planning Consultancy Market Report ranking the UK's biggest planning consultancies that employ the highest proportion of female chartered town planners.
More than half of the company's professional team are female (56%); more than any of the 148 UK-wide consultancies that participated in the survey.
Emery also ranked highly on gender equality at director level; more than a third of its board are women(38%).
Director, Caroline Payne, says the company doesn't have a specific policy on gender diversity: "We employ based on individual merit and whether a candidate will deliver to clients and colleagues, not because of their gender. For us, gender equality is not really something we have to think about or work on, its an innate part of our company culture. Having a higher than average proportion of female planners on the team is an attractive...
Stockport MBC is currently inviting local residents, landowners, developers and other parties to put forward sites that they consider are suitable and available for future residential development i.e. a “Call for Sites”. This information will be used by the council to update its Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and will inform any further land allocations in the emerging Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) and the Stockport Local Plan.
The call for sites ends on 28 February 2020.
If you wish to speak to a consultant to discuss your options or to instruct us to make representations, please do not hesitate to contact John Coxon on 01625 433 881.
“Salford City Council is currently consulting upon its Local Plan. This is the ‘Regulation 19’ stage of consultation, and is the last stage before the Council submits the plan to the Secretary of State for examination. Although the Salford Local Plan defers the issue of site allocations and Green Belt release to the emerging Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, it identifies areas for protection (such as Chat Moss, Irwell Valley and the West Salford Greenway) and sets out important development management policies, including in relation to matters such as housing densities and affordable housing.
The deadline for representations is 20 February 2020. If you wish to speak to a consultant to discuss your options or to instruct us to make representations, please do not hesitate to contact John Coxon on 01625 433 881.”
An appeal was allowed on 13 February 2020 for the erection of a first floor side extension at Darley Avenue, West Didsbury, Manchester.
Manchester City Council had twice refused proposals for a first floor side extension above an existing garage on the grounds that the extension, by virtue of the siting, design, scale and massing would have an overbearing impact on the neighbouring property. In granting planning permission, the Inspector agreed with the assessment by Emery Planning that the proposed extension would not result in a harmful effect on the living conditions of the occupiers of the neighbouring property and was therefore consistent with the Development Plan. View Associates were architects for the scheme.
The Macclesfield Express said;
A planning firm has the foundations in place to help build gender equality. Emery Planning, located on Hobson Street, Macclesfield, has come out on top in an industry report ranking the UK's biggest planning consultancies for the proportion of female chartered town planners employed.
More than half of the company's professional team is female (56 per cent), more than any of the 148 UK wide consultancies that took part in the annual survey.
Emery Planning also ranked highly on gender equality at director level with more than a third of its board being women (38 per cent).
Director Caroline Payne says the firm does not have a specific policy on gender diversity. She said: "We employ based on individual merit and whether a candidate will deliver to clients and colleagues, not because of their gender. For us, gender equality is not really something we have to think about or...
Emery Planning has secured planning permission on appeal for an extension to an existing cottage in the Green Belt which equates to a 195% increase in the floor space of the original dwelling.
The property is a relatively small detached stone cottage which already benefitted from planning permission and permitted development rights for large but disjointed single storey and two storey extensions. The appeal application sought planning permission to rationalise the already approved extensions (referred to as the ‘fall-back’) into one integrated scheme.
The Council refused the application as being a disproportionate addition to the dwelling and thus inappropriate development in the Green Belt; it did not consider the lawful ‘fall-back’ to outweigh the harm to the Green Belt.
The Inspector agreed with the case we put forward at appeal, which was that although the scheme would be a disproportionate addition and therefore inappropriate development, the fall back would have a greater...
Emery Planning was appointed to provide planning advice in relation to a site on Ridge Hill, Sutton. The site is within the designated Green Belt in a rural location and consisted a number of domestic outbuildings. We were subsequently instructed to progress a planning application for the redevelopment of the site to provide a new dwelling house. Cheshire East Council concluded that the new dwelling would not have a greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt and that the scheme was of an appropriate design for the rural location. Planning permission was granted accordingly.
Emery Planning was appointed to provide planning services relating to the redevelopment of a site on Rough Heys Lane, Henbury. The site consisted of a workshop building and was therefore previously developed land, located within the Cheshire Green Belt and in a rural location. Emery Planning was instructed to advise on a pre-application submission and submit an application to secure planning permission for the redevelopment of the site to provide a new contemporary dwelling.
Cheshire East Council concluded that the new dwelling would not have greater impact upon the openness of the Green Belt and that the design of the dwelling was considered to be in keeping with the character of the area.
Emery Planning have secured Permission in Principle (PiP) at appeal on behalf of Nest Housing for a residential development of up to 9 dwellings at land to the south of Chatburn Old Road, Chatburn. The site is located adjacent to a recently constructed housing development known as Hare Hill (shown on the picture below). It is outside of but adjacent to the settlement boundary of Chatburn as established in a recently adopted plan (the Housing and Economic Development Development Plan Document – HED DPD, adopted 15th October 2019). The Council claims that it can demonstrate a five year supply of deliverable housing land. Notwithstanding this, Ribble Valley’s Core Strategy allows for development beyond settlement boundaries of Tier 1 settlements such as Chatburn where it meets the definition of “expansion” or “consolidation” as set out in the glossary to the Core Strategy. Whilst this position had been previously accepted by...
Emery Planning are attending the re-convened examination hearing sessions into the North Essex Authorities’ Section 1 Plan on behalf of the Williams Group who have land interests around Braintree. The Section 1 Plan covers Braintree, Colchester and Tendring and under transitional arrangements is being examined under the 2012 Framework. It proposes three garden communities at west of Braintree for up to 10,000 new homes, Colchester-Braintree Borders for up to 24,000 homes and Tendring-Colchester Borders for up to 9,000 new homes. The authorities consider all three garden communities will start to deliver within the current plan period to 2033 and beyond. The initial examination hearing sessions took place in January 2018. However, in his letter of June 2018, the Inspector concluded that significant further work was required to support the inclusion of the three garden communities. The re-convened hearing sessions are being held between 14th and 30th January 2020 to...
An appeal was allowed on 18 December 2019 for the construction of two dwellings on land off Park Lane, Pickmere in Cheshire East.
Planning permission was refused by Cheshire East Council on the grounds that the proposed houses would comprise inappropriate development in the Green Belt. In granting outline planning permission, the Inspector agreed with the assessment by Emery Planning that the proposal would constitute a relatively small gap between existing buildings. He accepted that the carriageway of the road would maintain a permanent gap between the two existing properties but the effect of the proposal at the street level would be an infill of the continuous form of linear development that carries on from Park Lane across the junction up Frog Lane.
Planning permission granted on appeal near Ormskirk, West Lancashire for the demolition of 6 agricultural buildings and the conversion of 7 former agricultural buildings to create 12 dwellings
Emery Planning has secured full planning permission for the demolition of 6 agricultural buildings and the conversion of 7 agricultural buildings to create 12 dwellings at Downholland, near Ormskirk. The development was subject to extensive discussions before West Lancashire Council refused the application citing 4 reasons for refusal which are summarised as follows:
1. The development would result in new isolated homes in the countryside and delivery of market housing outside of a settlement in a non-sustainable location.
2. It has not been demonstrated that the buildings are of permanent and substantial construction and capable of conversion to residential use without major change.
3. The proposed development constitutes inappropriate development in the Green Belt that detracts from the visual amenity of the Green Belt.
Emery Planning has today achieved outline planning permission from West Lindsey District Council for 20 dwellings on a greenfield site on Barlings Lane, Langworth. Prior to submitting the application, Emery Planning undertook a comprehensive public consultation exercise, including a public exhibition and a presentation to the Parish Council. The application subsequently received the support of the Parish Council, and was therefore approved on the basis that it accords with the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan.
Emery Planning has expanded its professional team with the appointment of Aaron Marrs as Consultant, and the promotion of Jill Paton as Assistant Consultant.
Aaron Marrs joins from Strutt & Parker in Chester and Shrewsbury where he was the sole planning consultant advising on a diverse portfolio of residential and commercial projects across the Northern region.
Aaron’s appointment further bolsters Emery Planning’s impressive Local Plan expertise. Aaron has extensive experience of Local Plan representations, including site allocations and public consultations, and a detailed understanding of Plan progression within Local Authorities in the Cheshire, North Wales and Lancashire areas.
“I’d heard positive reports of Emery Planning at industry networking events and via peers working in the planning profession and had always thought they sounded like a consultancy I’d like to work for,” says Aaron, “When I felt ready to advance my career in a new role, I was delighted to learn that they...
Emery Planning submitted representations in November to the proposed revisions to Planning Policy Wales, which would remove the requirement for Welsh local planning authorities to provide a five-year housing land supply. We objected to the removal of this requirement on the grounds that the delivery of housing, particularly affordable housing, would suffer as a result.
The consultation document suggested that approving applications on sites not allocated in the development plan is a negative consequence of the existing five year supply policy. However, the proposed policy revisions include no guidance on how decision-makers should respond to local planning authorities not meeting their housing requirement. Emery Planning concluded that the proposed policy revisions could mean that local authorities would not be held accountable for failing to meet their housing targets, only serving to exacerbate the national housing crisis.
The Welsh Government is currently reviewing the responses to the consultation on the proposed revisions...
Halton Borough Council will decide next week whether to submit the emerging Delivery and Allocations Local Plan (DALP) for examination. The Submission Version of the DALP was consulted upon in August 2019. A report is being taken to the a meeting of the Full Council on 18 December 2019, recommending that the plan is submitted to the Secretary of State for examination. The Council anticipates that the examination will take place in Spring 2020.
The DALP will set housing and employment numbers for the period 2014 to 2037, and proposes a series of site allocations to meet this need, including land to be released from the Green Belt. Emery Planning is promoting two of the draft housing allocations in the plan (land at South Lane, Widnes and E-Scape, Preston-on-the-Hill), and is also promoting a number of sites for employment use in Runcorn.
If you require any advice in relation to the...
Emery Planning obtained a resolution to grant full planning permission at North Devon Council’s December Planning Committee for the erection of 107 holiday cottages and improved leisure facilities, including an indoor pool and play barn, together with woodland planting and landscaping at Willingcott Valley Holiday Village, Bradwell Road, Woolacombe.
Whilst the application was subject to opposition from local residents and Parish Councils, no objections were received from statutory consultees such as the Environment Agency, Natural England or Devon County Council as Highways and Flood Authority.
The application was accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) prepared by Emery Planning who project managed the submission. The architect for the development was Woodward Smith LLP, based in Barnstaple and the technical consultant team included Tylor Grange, Richard Green Ecology, Engineering and Development Solutions Ltd, Peter Evans Partnership and Porter PE.
The scheme has evolved over the last 18 months and has been revised following...
Emery Planning have supported architects, Howard and Seddon and, designer extraordinaire Laura McCree of Landan Ltd in securing full planning permission for a substantial replacement dwelling and detached garaging within the North Cheshire Green Belt at Great Warford.
Cheshire East Council have approved the application under delegated powers following negotiation on the overall design approach.
The project team invested considerable time and effort in consideration of the proposals and have drawn upon the local vernacular points referenced within the Cheshire East Design Guide (with particular reference to both Knutsford and also the North Cheshire Fringe character areas) to enhance the character and appearance of the proposed dwelling.
The five-bedroom property provides extensive formal and informal family living space as well as a games room, gym/pool lounge, swimming pool and basement. The replacement dwelling achieves a 41% increase in volume and 62% increase in floor area above the existing property.
The application was supported...
Emery Planning obtained planning permission on appeal in September 2019 for conversion of an outbuilding to a separate dwelling, at Acres Farm, Congleton. The site lies within the Green Belt. Cheshire East Council refused the application on the grounds of inappropriate development. The council considered that the building was not of substantial construction and the scale of works required would amount to extensive alteration and rebuilding. The Inspector concluded that the building was of permanent and substantial construction, the conversion would not result in any loss of openness and the proposal would not represent inappropriate development in the Green Belt.
During November and December 2019, Emery Planning participated at the hearing sessions for the examination into the Lake District Local Plan Review on behalf of Urban Splash in relation to their site at Orrest Head Farm, Windermere. The site is a proposed allocation for 150 new homes, employment and tourism use.
Emery Planning obtained planning permission and listed building consent for an extension to Great Moreton Hall, Congleton to form a private leisure facility in December 2019. Great Moreton Hall is a Grade II* listed building situated in the Green Belt. Emery Planning worked alongside Paddock Johnson Partnership architects to secure the consent. Historic England was a statutory consultee on the application and advised that the “proposed pool addition and associated uses in the existing buildings are well considered and would bring back to use, and good repair, sections of the building which would benefit from additional attention. The new building has been designed so that it sits comfortably in the overall composition of the hall and does not cause any harm to the Grade II* listed building.”
Emery Planning secured planning permission from Cheshire East Council for the Superbike Factory Limited for the change of use of an existing 8,600 square metre building within an existing employment area on Snape Road, Macclesfield.
The proposal was for the change of use to motorbike storage and sales with associated offices, workshop and MOT bays (B1/B2/B8/Sui Generis use classes). Our client is a local well-established business that was seeking to relocate to larger premises which would allow the business to continue to grow, retaining its existing employees and creating additional employment opportunities. The application was considered at Cheshire East planning committee on 4 December 2019 with a unanimous decision to approve planning permission.
Planning permission was granted on 4th December 2019 by Cheshire East Council for the construction of a large two storey side extension and small storage shed at Silverdale, Goughs Lane, Knutsford. The proposals were sensitively designed having regard to the site’s location within the Legh Road Conservation Area and a low density housing area. Emery Planning acted as agent and town planning consultant on the proposals.
Public consultation for New House Farm, Hatton, Warrington has commenced this week (w/c 2 December 2019). The consultation seeks comments from members of the public for a proposed redevelopment of a brownfield site for 31 new dwellings, new parking and landscape provision as well a new area of public open space. Emery Planning is providing town planning advice on this project.
Emery Planning successfully obtained planning permission for conversion of a domestic outbuilding to self-catering holiday accommodation, in a remote part of the Peak District National Park.
The site was within a Site of Special Scientific Interest and in a location where local planning policies are highly restrictive. Although the application building was of no historic value in policy terms, Emery Planning successfully demonstrated that a broadly traditional design in combination with proposed improvements to the appearance of the property, was sufficient to justify approval of the application.
Emery Planning achieved 2 planning permissions at Preston City Council’s November planning committee for residential development totalling some 127 dwellings at Swainson Farm, Goosnargh. The 2 applications were recommended for approval despite opposition from local residents, the Parish Council and, Ben Wallace MP.
The first of the schemes is an outline application for 87 houses on a 4.4 hectare greenfield site to the north west of Swainson Farm. The second application on a further 1.8 hectare site at the farm will see erection of 40 homes following the demolition of 4,600sqm of buildings at the poultry farm.
These approvals follow the successful securing of a further 26 dwellings on land opposite the farm earlier in the week under delegated powers.
All 3 sites will provide 35% affordable housing as well as open space and, contribute towards local infrastructure, including an enhanced bus service.
Flintshire County Council has recently consulted upon the Deposit version of Flintshire Local Development Plan. The consultation closed on 11 November 2019.
The plan sets out the proposed housing and employment land requirements and distribution to 2030, and proposes major site allocations in the Tier1 settlements of Buckley, Connah’s Quay, Flint and Mold. Significant housing allocations are also proposed in the Tier 2 and Tier 3 settlements of Ewloe, Hawarden, New Brighton and Penymynydd. Emery Planning has submitted representations to Flintshire County Council on behalf of clients with sites in Buckley and Northop. Following the consultation the plan will be submitted to the National Assembly for Wales for examination by a Planning Inspector.
If you require any advice in relation to the emerging plan and how this may affect the development prospects for your site, please do not hesitate to contact John Coxon on 01625 433 881.
Emery Planning has expanded its board with the promotion of Ben Pycroft and John Coxon from Associate Director to Director.
Both are long serving members of the Emery team with Ben appointed in 2011 and John in 2008. They join a board of six other Directors, including Denise and Peter Emery who founded the company in 1985.
Emery Planning is one of the UK’s leading independent town planning consultancies working with clients and councils across the UK from its base in Macclesfield, Cheshire. It’s team of 21 consultants offer a comprehensive range of expert planning services covering residential and commercial property development, leisure and tourism, retail, education, healthcare, listed buildings, conservation and Green Belt development.
Both Ben and John specialise in strategic development applications for large scale residential, commercial or mixed-use schemes. They are also considered leading experts in their field on applications involving Housing Land Supply and Five-Year Housing Land Supply...
Draft proposals for up to 225 new homes on land east of Longridge in Knutsford went on display to the public yesterday at a consultation event held at the Welcome Café in Longridge.
The development team, which included representatives from planning consultant Emery Planning, highways consultant SCP and urban designer e*SCAPE were on hand to talk visitors through the proposals, answer questions and obtain feedback. The feedback will be used to influence final design proposals before an outline planning application is submitted in the summer.
The event, which was attended by over 100 people, formed part of a wide-ranging community consultation conducted by Emery on behalf of Dewscope Ltd. Interested parties can also view the proposals, ask questions or share their feedback via the Emery Planning website at www.emeryplanning.com/public-consultation/longridge
Should an outline planning application for up to 225 new homes be approved, details on design, scale and layout would be determined in...
Emery Planning shares secrets on achieving gender balance
Chairman, Denise Emery, and Director, Caroline Payne, were both guest speakers at ‘Gender Balance – Deeds Not Words’; an event staged by Women in Planning North West, a network established in 2012 to support and promote females working in the planning industry.
Appropriately staged in advance of International Women’s Day, the event opened up discussions on strategies that can be employed to actively support women to fulfil their potential in the workplace.
A recent survey commissioned by The Planning Resource ranked Emery Planning number 1 in a league table of 30 planning businesses with the highest proportion of female planning directors (50%). The same survey ranked Emery Planning in 4th place, out of 30, for the highest proportion of women planners (48%).
Denise and Caroline shared some of the practical strategies employed at Emery Planning to help team members deliver their best for the business...
Emery Planning has promoted Jill Naylor and Lynn Jones in recognition of their achievement and commitment. Jill Naylor (left) previously a Principal Consultant, has been made an Associate Director and Lynn Jones (right), has been promoted to Senior Consultant. These promotions are effective from 1st October 2018.
Legislation with effect from 1st October 2018 requires LPAs to obtain the written agreement of the applicant before imposing pre-commencement conditions on a planning permission. In addition, the LPA must notify the applicant in writing of its intention to impose a pre-commencement condition. The applicant has to respond to the LPA’s notice before the end of 10 working days (commencing from the day after the date on which the notice is given). If no response is made then the LPA may proceed to impose the pre-commencement condition. In practice this will allow applicants to refuse the imposition of such conditions where it is considered that they are unwarranted or impractical; this discussion could delay the issue of planning permission.
Community Infrastructure Levy
Cheshire East Council is currently in the process of adopting a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). CIL is a fixed rate charge per sqm of new development which applies...
Consultation on changes to the National Planning Policy Framework
On the 5th March the Government published its long awaited draft changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework). The documents can be found here:
We identify the key changes proposed in the consultation document below.
Presumption in favour of sustainable development
The presumption in favour of sustainable development is retained. However some small, but important, tweaks are proposed to the tilted planning balance. The draft revised version is as follows:
11. d) where there are no relevant development plan policies, or the policies which are most important for determining the application are out-of-date, granting permission unless:
i. the application of policies in this Framework that protect areas or assets of particular importance provides a clear reason for refusing the development proposed7 ;or
ii. any adverse impacts of doing so would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits, when assessed against the policies in this Framework...
Cheshire East Council is in the process of preparing a new Local Plan, which will set out the development needs to 2030 and allocate sufficient sites to accommodate the identified needs. The plan is in two parts:
1. the Local Plan Strategy, which sets out the overall vision and planning strategy for development in the Borough to 2030 and allocates strategic sites (i.e. those of 150 dwellings or 5 ha or more); and
2. the Site Allocations and Development Plan Policies document, which will allocate additional sites for development to make sure that the overall development requirements set out in the Local Plan Strategy are met and set more detailed policies to guide decisions on planning applications in the Borough.
The draft Local Plan Strategy was submitted for examination in May 2014. The examination process has taken almost three years. The Local Plan Strategy identifies a housing need of 36,000 new dwellings...
The 2016 Planning Consultancy Survey lists Emery Planning as one of the leading planning consultancies in the UK, employing the second largest number of Town Planners in the North West and ranking 27th out of 105 consultancies nationally.
We hold several fundraisers a year to raise money for a number of charities. For our last fundraiser, we participated in an Elf walk/run around the park in support of East Cheshire Hospice.
Some of the charities we have raised money for are listed below.
Season’s greetings from everyone at Emery Planning
We’re closing for Christmas at 17:00 on Friday 23rd December & reopening at 09:00 on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.
Our Christmas card is a collection of lovely Christmas pictures from the young children of our team.
This Christmas, instead of sending cards and giving gifts, we’re making donations to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and East Cheshire Hospice.
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