Planning for the Recovery webinar - episode 3

If you missed the webinar you can watch the recording below:

*Other episodes in this series are available to watch here*


A Panel of Planning Barristers from No5 will return again with answers to a range of questions placed by clients from across the planning sector.

The Panel have been tracking Government legislation, guidance and broader sector activity to find good examples of positive planning for the recovery.  The panel are Christopher Young QC, Thea Osmund-Smith, James Corbet Burcher, Jack Smyth and Leanne Buckley-Thomson

As ever, they will seek to provide practical solutions and explore how the public and private sector can keep the planning system moving for the rest of 2020.

Site Visits
1) Is it acceptable for Council officers to use Google Earth instead of site visits?
2) Can officers simply rely on photographs and measurements taken by applicants?
3) Should Committee Members visit sites?

4) How do you make a material commencement to save a permission if you cannot find any contractors?
5) When will the Government introduce measures to extend permissions?

Neighbourhood Plans
6) Can LPAs refuse to progress consultation on NDPs because a physical copy cannot be made available for public inspection in local buildings like libraries?
7) How can public participation be promoted in the NDP preparation and examination process, consistent with social distancing?

Local Plans
8) Could future Local Plans seek to change the distribution of housing to a more dispersed strategy given the need for access to open space and the scope for more home working?

9) How do the new Regulations on CIL relief work?

10) Will Appellants be forced to accept inquiries and hearings being done virtually?
11) Are there any appeal decisions in which Covid-19 has supported a grant of permission, specifically for economic/employment development?
Housing Land Supply
12) Which methods of data collection for 5YS (rather than site visits) provide the most robust indication of supply?


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