New Government policy helps turn granny annexes into separate homes

The Government has just updated its rules making it easier to get planning permission to turn a “granny annexe” into a separate dwelling. The Government sets out national planning rules in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The NPPF was updated in July. One change relates to granny annexes, i.e. a building within the garden…

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Equestrian Worker’s Dwellings in the Green Belt – Success!

Stuart Miles, Vision Planning’s Director, has recently helped two applicants to live on site at their equestrian holdings in the Green Belt. Vision Planning recently obtained planning permission for the retention of a caravan to provide a temporary equestrian worker’s dwelling in the East Hertfordshire Green Belt. The holding provides a full livery service, and…

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The revised National Planning Policy Framework – what’s changed since the draft?

The Government has now amended the NPPF. It released a draft in March 2018, and the final revised NPPF was released on 24th July 2018. It’s 73 pages long so, to avoid you needing to read it all, this note summarises the main changes from the March 2018 draft, and then sets out all of…

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Court Judgement makes getting permission for new homes in some small villages easier

A recent Court of Appeal Judgement may make it easier to get planning permission for small housing developments in small villages. The Court of Appeal’s decision focussed on the meaning of the word “isolated” in paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). This notes that “Local planning authorities should avoid new isolated homes…

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Converting Agricultural Buildings to Dwellings – an update

In February I explained how Planning Inspectors were dealing with appeals relating to the change of use of an agricultural building to housing. The Government has decided that Councils are refusing too many of these applications, and made a few changes to the rules to make it easier, or at least clearer. From 6 April…

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What does the Housing Delivery Test mean? And whatever happened to Housing Market Areas?

Has anyone wondered what the new Housing Delivery Test would mean in practical terms? And has anyone spotted that the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) doesn’t mention Housing Market Areas? The old NPPF, if we can call it that already, required local planning authorities “to use their evidence base to ensure that their…

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Draft Revised National Planning Policy Framework

The Government’s much vaunted revised National Planning Policy Framework was released in draft form today. To avoid you needing to read it all, this blog summarises the main changes that affect housing supply and affordable housing provision. Paragraph 14 and the Tilted Balance Firstly, paragraph 14 is proposed to be reworded (and renumbered to paragraph…

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Rural Worker’s Dwellings

Do you need a new home for a worker on a farm or other rural business, to supervise livestock for example? There is a way. Normally, new homes in the open countryside are restricted by planning rules. However, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), introduced in March 2012, includes a number of exceptions in paragraph…

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Converting Agricultural Buildings to Dwellings

The conversion of agricultural buildings to up to three dwellings is sometimes allowed as permitted development.  This provides an opportunity for rural land owners to build a new house in the countryside, where planning rules are normally restrictive.  In these cases, it is still necessary to apply for “prior approval” from the local planning authority….

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