Simonicity

Beauty & The Beach

23rd July 2021

“Let’s see what more announcements the coming week brings…” was my sign off to last week’s ‘Twas The Week Before Recess blog post. After this week your holiday reading now includes: A new NPPF and national model design code The revised NPPF was published on 20 July 2021, along with the new national model design …

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‘Twas The Week Before Recess

16th July 2021

The House of Commons and House of Lords both rise on 22 July 2021 and are due to return on 6 September 2021, which means that each year this week and next we always see many documents published and announcements made. Much festivity. This week last year the Planning White Paper was eagerly awaited of …

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CIL: There Is No Equity About A Tax

10th July 2021

“…in a taxing Act one has to look merely at what is clearly said. There is no room for any intendment. There is no equity about a tax. There is no presumption as to a tax. Nothing is to be read in, nothing is to be implied. One can only look fairly at the language …

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Safety & Planning

3rd July 2021

To what extent is human safety, and the safe construction of buildings, a matter for the planning system? It can be difficult to determine and this blog post just scratches the surface – there’s a book to be written by someone (not me!) on the subject. Last week the High Court handed down judgment in …

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The Very Specials

25th June 2021

What are “very special circumstances” which may justify the grant of planning permission for inappropriate development in the green belt? Of course there is no definitive answer to that question. As set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (this is about application of national policy, rather than a matter of legislation), it is for …

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People In Houses…

19th June 2021

…really don’t want other people to have houses, do they? The prime minister can hardly be surprised when the affluent home-owning constituents of Chesham and Amersham register a protest vote against his plans for change, thinking that in some way he is coming for their beautiful part of the country, even though it bristles with …

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I’m Sorry I Haven’t A CLEUD

12th June 2021

Certificates of lawfulness are very useful, but care is still needed, as two recent cases illustrate. But first, to explain about the two types of certificate provided for under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and the consequent jargon about CLEUDs and CLOPUDs. The “certificate of lawfulness of existing use or development” (“CLEUD”) procedure, …

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“Our Number One Domestic Priority”: Taking Stock

4th June 2021

I tweeted that yesterday was the 5th anniversary of my first simonicity blog post. 273 posts later and 496,000 words (War and Peace = 587,000 words) and to what effect? As I also said, it can be deflating to look back. So many posts expressing frustration about the same topics, yes obviously CIL, but also …

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Moving Into First Homes: 3 Key Deadlines

28th May 2021

The Government’s First Homes announcements this week mean that we all need to understand the practicalities as to how this new form of discounted market sale housing will work and to plan around three key implementation dates. On 24 May 2021 we had the formal ministerial statement together with the publication of MHCLG guidance providing …

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Whitechapel Bell Foundry: Facts, Media, Politics

21st May 2021

Government approves plan to turn Whitechapel Bell Foundry into boutique hotel (The Standard, 17 May 2021). Well, what do we think about that? Bell foundry that cast Big Ben can be turned into boutique hotel, UK government says – Decision has drawn wave of criticism from culture and heritage professionals, accusing government of ‘money-grabbing philistinism’ …

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Talk About Town

20 May 2021

“Legal Viewpoint: Judgment offers guidance on very special circumstances for green belt approvals”, an article by George Morton Jack in Planning Magazine

 

8 May 2021

“Some doors open, while others close: Opportunities will invariably flow from the new GPDO, but they come at a price”, an article by Simon Ricketts in the Estates Gazette

 

24 March 2021

“Government’s planning White Paper is a slow road to the future”, an article by Steve Quartermain and Lord Matthew Taylor in The Independent

 

18 March 2021

“Britain’s best planning lawyers and biggest planning law firms”, Planning magazine’s annual Planning Law Survey results

 

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

 

26 February 2021 

“Beauty parade” an article by Amy Fender in the Estates Gazette

 

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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