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For The Future

7th August 2020

are probably the three words I most associate with the planning system in England, since you asked. The main part of this post is a commentary by special guest and fellow Town partner Duncan Field on the Government’s Planning for the future white paper, published on 6 August 2020. But before we get to that, …

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Of Use? (& That Old C2 Number Again)

31st July 2020

Where is this Planning Policy Paper then? Now presumably to be published by MHCLG next week, isn’t it odd to be making any such announcement when Parliament is no longer sitting, unless, anti-climatically, it is going be a factual update as to progress rather than the “big bang” moment many anticipated? This post was just …

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E Is For Economy

24th July 2020

“It’s the economy, stupid.” More E words: the English planning and property community was immediately, depending who you spoke to, exercised/excited by the changes to the Use Classes Order and General Permitted Development Order this week. Surprisingly so perhaps, given how heavily the changes had previously been trailed (although, it must be said, in terms …

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Build, Build, Build* (*Terms & Conditions Apply)

18th July 2020

The Government is about to announce two major proposals for significant deregulation of the planning system by way of amendment of the Use Classes Order and the General Permitted Development Order. According to Robert Jenrick’s 30 June 2020 letter to MPs: “I will create a new broad category of ‘commercial, business and service’ uses which …

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The New Towns Question (Again)

11th July 2020

Whilst we wait for this planning policy paper, the speculation rises. Old ideas get dusted down again, pitches are rolled. The post-war new towns programme saw 27 UK new towns built by state-sponsored development corporations under the New Towns Act 1946 and later amending legislation. One of the conundrums that successive governments have grappled with …

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Have We Got Planning Newts For You: Back To Brexit

4th July 2020

Whether dog whistle politics, a dead cat strategy or a jibe at the triturus cristatus, the prime minister’s reference to “newt-counting delays” in his 30 June 2020 speech was no accident: “Why are we so slow at building homes by comparison with other European countries? In 2018 we built 2.25 homes per 1000 people Germany …

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New Planning Legislation! A Detailed Guide

26th June 2020

The Business and Planning Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 25 June 2020 and the Town and Country Planning (Permitted Development and Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 were laid before Parliament on 24 June 2020, and have passed into law. The following is a summary prepared by my Town colleagues Victoria …

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Topical Four Letter Words Beginning With Z

19th June 2020

Aren’t we bored now of Zoom meetings? They are no substitute for the real thing. But there is another topical Z word. Should we adopt a Zone based approach to development consenting? Again, is this any substitute for the real thing? The Government seems to have determined that it has a once in a lifetime …

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Double Exposure – Holborn Studios Win Again: Viability, Transparency

13th June 2020

The next time you hear someone reprise Dominic Cummings’ February 2020 riff on the need for “urgent action on the farce that judicial review has become”, it’s worth thinking back to cases like R (Holborn Studios) v London Borough of Hackney (No 2) (Dove J, 11 June 2020). Sometimes it’s only the pesky lawyers (here …

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Apparent Bias, Unfair Hearings

6th June 2020

The continuing to-do about Secretary of State’s admission of “apparent bias” in the Westferry Printworks case got me thinking about other apparent bias cases and the overlap with the right to a fair hearing – basically as an excuse to mention this week’s startling case from the Supreme Court, Serafin v Malkiewicz (Supreme Court, 3 …

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Talk About Town

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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