PDP Director, Richard Pigott, recently gave a talk to around 40 delegates at the RTPI North West Rural Planning Update 2017. The event included presentations on topics as diverse as housing, fracking, economic regeneration and appropriate design solutions in rural areas, as well as providing an update on recent legislative changes.
Returning to Macclesfield Town Hall where his planning career began in 2004, Richard briefed fellow chartered town planners from both the public and private sectors on the impact of Class Q permitted development rights (the conversion of agricultural buildings to residential dwellings) since their introduction in 2014. The presentation provided first-hand experience and case studies to illustrate how the interpretation of the legislation has changed over the last 3 years, particularly following the introduction of the Planning Practice Guidance in March 2015 and following the much talked about High Court decision in the case of Hibbitt v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in November 2016. Richard wrapped up with some thoughts on the overall impact of Class Q and rumored future changes to the legislation if it is to deliver the boost in housing numbers that the government envisaged. If you would like a copy of the presentation or any advice about possible Class Q projects please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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