This Guidance Note gives strategic and design advice on developing proposals and getting consent for the adaptation of farm buildings to residential and other new uses, either by using the 2013-15 permitted development/prior approval schemes, or by making conventional planning applications based on the improved planning policy in the National Planning Policy Framework and improved (2017) Historic England advice. In the former case, it is designed to be read with the two separate CLA Guidance Notes on the Class Q/R prior approval schemes. Although not written for Wales, where both policies and permitted development are very different, it should be of help there too.
Its intention is to help members maximise their chances of getting consent for sympathetic conversions, to help to solve the continuing problem of hundreds of thousands of farm buildings in decay, and thus indirectly to encourage conversion-resistant local authorities to see the substantial benefits of sympathetic conversion.
Even before planning consent is granted, or even applied for, the value of land may be affected by the possibility of development being able to take place. It is particularly difficult to quantify such “hope value”, but it may be important to bear it in mind for inheritance tax planning.
Technological advancement, falling costs and the increasing use of distributed generation within the UK's electricity supply means that, whilst the battery storage sector is still in its infancy, it is a hot topic in UK energy market.
This guidance note provides CLA members with an introduction to large scale battery technology exploring their role in the electricity supply and the potential opportunity as well as highlighting some aspects to consider from a landowner perspective.
Previously those in England who wished to undertake certain works on common land were required to meet the requirements of section 38 of the Commons Act 2006 only. As of the 16 May 2017, an additional, more comprehensive assessment, referred to as an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is now required. This note developed with Natural England and Defra explains the changes and summarises their implications.
This Guidance Note provides an overview of the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, which was introduced on 9 April 2014 specifically to support the installation of renewable heating systems in single domestic properties.
The Court of Appeal has provided clarification about the prior approval notification procedure and when permitted development may, or may not, be unlawful. This guidance note summarises two judgements that are likely to be of interest to members who are considering using permitted development rights.
1. In 2010, the Court of Appeal issued clarification about the prior approval notification procedure in the Murrell decision, and
2. The Court of Appeal judgement in Keenan clarified that even if a planning authority does not respond within the relevant time frame to a prior approval application, it does not make the development lawful if that development actually falls outside the conditions, limitations and exceptions set out in the relevant Part of the GPDO.
This Guidance Note summarises the Supreme Court judgement into housing supply by reference to the National Planning Policy Framework, which applies to England only.
Getting consents for marquees and other temporary structures can be difficult, especially in rural areas and near heritage. This Guidance Note examines when planning permission and/or heritage consents are needed, and how they can be obtained, especially in heritage cases.
Water abstraction in England and Wales for agricultural purposes represents less than 1% of total abstraction, but the need to reduce water abstraction extends to all current users. There is already evidence of over-abstraction in some catchments and climate change and population growth is expected to increase demand.
This guidance note explains how to correct errors in the depiction of public access, public greenspace or public rights of way which are shown on OS maps.