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Build Build Build

8th July 2020
“Build, Build, Build” announced 10 Downing Street recently with a government press release proclaiming the most radical reforms to our planning system since the Second World War, making it easier to build better homes where people want to live. But did it?

Lawful Development Certificate for residential dwelling

17th June 2020
Planning & Design Practice recently gained planning permission for a Lawful Development Certificate to establish the use of a building to a residential dwellinghouse. The building had never received formal planning permission, despite being used as a dwellinghouse since before the 1947 Planning Act.

Virtual planning committee meetings

15th June 2020
After a three month hole in the planning committee meeting calendar, meetings are finally getting underway again, with our first virtual committee meeting on the 15th June.

Planning permission for restoration in World Heritage Site

20th May 2020
Planning & Design Practice Ltd were delighted to receive planning permission for restoration of a property located in a World Heritage Site. The consent was for alterations, extensions, a new barn and access for a large residence near Milford, Derbyshire.

Covid-19 Site visit working practices

19th May 2020
Working within the parameters of the lockdown we set out the measures our staff will be taking to keep themselves and our clients safe during site visits.

Everton FC’s public consultation shortlisted for National Planning award

12th May 2020
I wrote in January about Everton Football Club’s planning application for a new 52,000 seat stadium at the historic Bramley Moore Dock and the similarities that can be drawn between the heritage versus regeneration debate in Liverpool and those that have recently taken place in Derby. The application was submitted…

Planning secured for new industrial units

6th May 2020
Planning & Design Practice recently gained planning permission for the erection of three industrial units at land to the rear of Brookfield Way, Brookfield Industrial Estate, located in Tansley.

Planning for the future

30th April 2020
We look at the recent policy paper from HM Government 'Planning for the Future' which sets out its plans for housing and planning following announcements in the 2020 Budget.

Farming, development and planning

28th April 2020
An interesting case where a farmer strips the top soil off land where he has planning permission for residential development before development starts. He decided to strip the top soil in preparation for a Phase II ground investigation report, one of the planning conditions.

Covid 19 – Working arrangements for LPAs

22nd April 2020
We are in regular contact with planning officers at local authorities across Derbyshire and Staffordshire. A list of individual planning authority working arrangements is at the link.

Emergency legislation for coronavirus facilities

20th April 2020
Emergency legislation that allows councils and health providers in England to establish facilities to support the fight against the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak came into force on the 9 April.

Regulations for virtual planning meetings

15th April 2020
The government has issued the regulations required for English local authorities to hold virtual public meetings, by phone or video link, during the coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown.

Town planning and allotments

14th April 2020
We were involved in an unusual case regarding allotments. The landowner wants to re-locate the existing allotments and negotiations were underway with the allotment holders.

Let’s talk about 3D printing and COVID 19

8th April 2020
With health care services under pressure across the globe due to staff and medical equipment shortages, Architect Fernando Collado Lopez looks at how people have begun to find innovative ways, including 3D printing to overcome these difficulties.

New student development planned for Sheffield

7th April 2020
A new student flat development with commercial units beneath has been submitted to Sheffield City Council. The proposal is hoped to provide 220 student flats as well commercial space in an area of the City that is undergoing major regeneration and redevelopment.

How coronavirus is affecting our work

6th April 2020
An update you on the steps that Planning & Design Practice Ltd are taking to minimise any potential impact the coronavirus may have on our service to you.

Coronavirus Act 2020

27th March 2020
The Coronavirus Act 2020 came into immediate effect yesterday, Thursday 26 March. In it, the Planning and Development system is listed as having real potential to be seriously compromised by the impacts of COVID-19.

The Planning System and Covid 19

25th March 2020
The Architects Journal sets out the mixed responses from different planning authorities across the UK in response to the Covid 19 crisis.

Farming diversification for the new decade

10th March 2020
The National Farmers Union (NFU) have recently published their 2020 Farming Diversification Report and with the start of a new decade, a number of factors have made the opportunity for diversification more attractive.

Planning Permission and Permitted Development Rights

6th March 2020
Permitted Development Rights give homeowners a lot of flexibility to alter, enlarge and improve their properties and the land that falls within their curtilage, but it is always worth getting a professional opinion to ensure your development meets all the criteria.

The Importance of Good Architecture

4th March 2020
Jonathan Jenkin, Managing Director, of Planning & Design Practice Ltd outlines how good architecture can create real value and improve quality of life.

RTPI launch Diversity Action Plan

2nd March 2020
The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) launched a 10-year diversity action plan intended to make the planning profession more inclusive.

Sheffield- the UK’s Latest Smart City

26th February 2020
The future is now, as Sheffield City Council, together with the city’s highways contractor, Amey are utilising cutting edge Internet of Things technology to create the UK’s latest Smart City, starting with digitised roads.

The Strutt Legacy

25th February 2020
Writing for Derbyshire Life Jon Millhouse and George Henshaw of PDP discusses what they have discovered about the Strutt family’s built legacy in Derbyshire.
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