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Art 4 Life

27th February 2021

Article 4 directions are a small but essential cog in the complicated machine that is the English planning system. With the more widespread reliance by Government on permitted development rights, it falls to local planning authorities to make article 4 directions to disapply, where appropriate, those rights in relation to specific types of developments and/or …

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Arc

20th February 2021

Well here’s an interesting R number: regional planning for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc. Last week MHCLG published Planning for sustainable growth in the Oxford- Cambridge Arc: An introduction to the Oxford-Cambridge Arc Spatial Framework (18 February 2021). “Spatial framework” is a regional plan by any other name. The document is only a precursor to the plan …

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Local Zoomocracy

13th February 2021

My team has proved capable of losing 9-0 in any conditions but, because it is another angle on what I was going to write this morning, I was still interested to see this piece yesterday: Premier League’s home edge has gone in pandemic era: The impact of fan-less games in England and Europe (ESPN, 12 …

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Tilt!

6th February 2021

“Tilt” in pinball is an example of a good rule: in order to discourage an unwanted outcome (cheating), transgression (sloping the table) leads to a predictable penalty (game over). The purposes of the NPPF’s “tilted balance” (the phrase just being planners’ jargon) are to discourage local planning authorities from: ⁃ relying on out of date …

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Beautiful Day

30th January 2021

I threw those curtains wide, drinking in the morning emails and there it was: MHCLG press release 30 January 2021, All new developments must meet local standards of beauty, quality and design under new rules. Consultation is now running until 27 March 2021 on: National Planning Policy Framework and National Model Design Code: consultation proposals …

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Temporary Covid Measures – Planning, Traffic, Local Government: There May Be Trouble Ahead

23rd January 2021

So friends, here we are, still in the most tedious sequel in the whole franchise: Lockdown 3. Of course, the vaccines will be the eventual way out 💪 this year but can anyone predict how many more months will go by before, in England, we are free from some level of restrictions on our ability …

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Court Costs, Inquiry Costs

16th January 2021

Jessie J is no judge and when it comes to litigation costs “forget about the price tag” is poor advice. Aarhus cost caps I last blogged about Aarhus Convention cost capping in my 22 June blog post No Time To Be 21: Where Are We With Aarhus Costs Protection? The detail is in that blog …

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Judges & Climate Change

9th January 2021

Over Christmas, I finally read Joshua Rozenberg’s 2020 book Enemies of the People? How Judges Shape Society. The book examines the tension inevitably faced by judges in interpreting the law, particularly in areas of public controversy (constitutional issues; “right to death”; family; discrimination; religion; privacy; access to justice): when should the application of common law …

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Brexit & Planning – An Update

27th December 2020

This post focuses on the relevance of the provisions of the UK-EU trade and cooperation agreement (“T&CA”) (provisional agreement subject to ratification, 25 December 2020) to the future of the English town and planning system. The prime minister’s 24 December 2020 statement contained the following passages of particular note: “We will be able to set …

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Quantity Street Fudge

19th December 2020

On 16 December 2020 the Government abruptly abandoned its proposed revised standard method for calculating local housing need, in the face of political and media pressure from those who saw the method increasing substantially the figure for their particular areas. I covered the consultation as to the proposed revised method in my 29 August 2020 …

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Talk About Town

4 March 2021

‘Rates mitigation – what future for Guardian schemes? Martin Dawbney looks at the implications of the recent Ludgate House Court of Appeal decision’ an article by Martin Dawbney in The Valuer

 

9 January 2021

“A year with much resting on its shoulders. What can we expect for the English planning system in the next 12 months?” an article by Simon Ricketts in the Estates Gazette

 

21 November 2020

“Please sir, can we have more planning legislation?” an article by Simon Ricketts in the Estates Gazette

 

2 November 2020

‘Overcoming obstacles to planning major infrastructure projects’ an article by Duncan Field in the Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal

 

25 August 2020

‘On beauty’ an article by Simon Ricketts in The Planner

 

9 July 2020

‘Where next for planning?’ an article by Steve Quartermain CBE in the Estates Gazette

 

25 June 2020

‘The Valuer’s Conundrum’ an article by Martin Dawbney in The Valuer

 

18 May 2020

‘Is the relentless CIL in crisis?’ an article by Meeta Kaur in the Estates Gazette

 

6 April 2020

Town Legal rated Number 1 for the second consecutive year in Planning Magazine’s annual Planning Law Survey 2020

Clare Fielding, Duncan Field, Michael Gallimore, Simon Ricketts and Ricardo Gama listed as top-rated planning solicitors in Planning Magazine’s annual Planning Law Survey 2020, with Simon topping the league for the eleventh consecutive year

 

2 April 2020

“Legal Viewpoint: Planning to meet the needs of the present” an article by Victoria McKeegan in Planning Magazine

 

20 March 2020

“Let’s rethink the rethink” an article by Simon Ricketts in the Estates Gazette

 

4 January 2020

“Planning possibility a plenty in 2020” an article by Simon Ricketts in the Estates Gazette

 

19 November 2019

‘How infrastructure levy can bite on relatively modest developments’ an article by Simon Ricketts in Planning Magazine

 

2 November 2019

‘The planning system plays catch-up’ an article by Duncan Field in the Estates Gazette

 

16 October 2019

‘Planning lawyer Michael Gallimore to join Town Legal as partner’

 

12 September 2019

‘We need a plan to sort out local plans’ an article by Simon Ricketts in the Estates Gazette

 

12 July 2019

‘Speeding up planning appeal inquiries’ an article by Simon Ricketts in the Estates Gazette

 

6 May 2019

‘Air Pollution – The Silent Killer’ an article by Lucy Morton in the Estates Gazette

 

2 May 2019

‘Legal viewpoint: Court provides reminder on development plan duty’ an insight by Amy Bennett in Planning Magazine

 

29 March 2019

Town Legal rated Number 1 in Planning Magazine’s annual Planning Law Survey 2019

Clare Fielding and Simon Ricketts listed as top-rated planning solicitors, with Simon topping the league for the tenth consecutive year

 

22 March 2019

‘Empty rates: Charities beware‘ article by Martin Dawbney as featured in the Estates Gazette

 

18 January 2019

‘Causes for concern raised by draft environment bill’ article by Simon Ricketts as featured in Planning Magazine

 

5 January 2019

‘What can we expect from the planning world in 2019?’ article by Simon Ricketts as featured in the Estates Gazette

 

1 December 2018

‘Counting the costs in the Tribunal’ article by Raj Gupta, as featured in the Estates Gazette

 

26 October 2018

‘Government told to stick to promise on call-in reasons’ article by Meeta Kaur, as featured in Planning Resource Magazine

 

12 October 2018

‘Brexit, planning and the environment: key questions’ article by Simon Ricketts, as featured in the Estates Gazette

 

1 October 2018

Legal landscape: Is the revised NPPF visibly different on design?’ article by Meeta Kaur and Spencer Tewis-Allen, as featured in The Planner

 

4 August 2018

‘Early engagement under the new NPPF’ article by Simon Ricketts and Nick Jones, as featured in the Estate Gazette

 

9 June 2018

‘Heading towards a viable future?’ by Spencer Tewis-Allen, as featured in the Estates Gazette

 

21 April 2018

‘Developers left in the dark on light’ by Patrick Robinson, as featured in the Estates Gazette

 

24 March 2018

Town Legal ranked second for planning according to Planning Magazine

Clare Fielding and Simon Ricketts in top 20 planning solicitors with Simon topping the league for the ninth consecutive year

Mary Cook in top 2 planning junior barristers

 

24th February 2018

‘A Reckoning with the C classes’ by Ricardo Gama, as featured in The Estates Gazette

 

21 December 2017

‘New Habitats Regulations and a ‘Green Brexit” by Juliet Munn, as featured in Inside Ecology

 

4 November 2017

Town Legal ranked in Chambers and Partners Guide 2018

 

11 October 2017

Town Legal named one of the best planning law firms in the UK Legal 500

Simon Ricketts, Clare Fielding and Patrick Robinson named as leading individuals in planning

 

24 March 2017

Town Legal in top 3 firms for planning in the country according to Planning Magazine

Clare Fielding, Simon Ricketts and Patrick Robinson in top 25 planning solicitors, with Simon topping the league for the eighth consecutive year

Mary Cook in top 3 junior planning barristers

 

17 March 2017

The Planner’s women of influence 2017 featuring Meeta Kaur and Mary Cook

 

16 March 2017

Piece about Town in the Planner magazine

 

30 January 2017

Clare Fielding a Hot 100 lawyer

 

28 January 2017

Estates Gazette article about Town

 

12 October 2016

Legal Week article about Town

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