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  • RCA's 38 Days of the Housing White Paper; Day 2...

    Everyday for the next 37 days we will be providing a link to our responses to the Government's Housing White Paper; here is our reply to Question 2... 

    What changes do you think would support more proportionate consultation and examination procedures for different types of plan and to ensure that different levels of plans work together?

    This ...

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  • RCA's 38 Days of the Housing White Paper; Day 1...

    Everyday for the next 38 days we will be providing a link to our responses to the Government's Housing White Paper; here is our reply to Question 1... 

    Do you agree with the proposals to:

    a)    Make clear in ...

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  • Strategic site or developing Local Plan next to European habitat? Be aware that 1,000 AADT scoping criteria is going to undergo a change

    Strategic site or developing Local Plan next to European habitat? Be aware that 1,000 AADT scoping criteria is going to undergo a change.

    This rule of thumb for vehicles passing adjacent to important habitats is widespread. It has its origins in the ...

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  • RCA Regeneration Succeeds at Planning Appeal for Bosbury

    We are delighted to announce that we have secured outline consent for 21 new homes in the village of Bosbury, Herefordshire. 

    Herefordshire Council had originally refused permission on the site due ...

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  • ‘Enabling Development’ – What is it?!

    Recently I have been dealing with more cases for 'Enabling Development', either where it has been enforced by a Local Planning Authority to try and restrict development on a site, or adopted by an applicant who is seeking to increase development ...

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  • Green Belt in the Midlands - 24 missed opportunities

    Following on from the Government’s Housing White Paper, I thought it would be interesting to look at the Green Belt around my stomping ground. There is a great deal of frustration on each side of the of the Green Belt ...

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  • 8th March, International Women’s Day – ‘How does that fit in with Planning?’ I hear you ask

     

    As with every aspect of life, Planning has as much to do with women as it does with, economics, the environment and building houses. According to a research paper written in 2009, by Gemma Burgess of Cambridge University, cities were being designed for ...

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  • Conservation Vs Energy efficiency: Debating Insulation

    The BBC recently reported the UK ‘must insulate 25 million homes’ to help cut carbon emissions by 80% by the mid-century. Additionally, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) ...

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  • Here comes the new CIL… Same as the old CIL…

    RCA’s Review of ‘A New Approach to Developer Contributions’ the CIL Review ...

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  • Appeal allowed against the odds: newly adopted development plan, 5 year supply, site in open countryside and within the Malvern Hills AONB.

    In March 2016, Malvern Hills District Council refused planning permission for a single dwelling outside of, but adjacent to, the settlement boundary of Malvern. The application site was also located within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and adjacent to the Conservation ...

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  • RCA helps secure planning permission for Kempsey Village Hall

    RCA Regeneration recently worked alongside Nick Joyce Architecture to prepare a planning application for the replacement of Kempsey Village Hall.  This involved early engagement with the local residents of Kempsey to ensure this important community asset was designed with the ...

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  • Government clarifies policy on Neighbourhood Plans and lack of housing land

    Housing and planning minister Gavin Barwell released a Written Ministerial Statement on the 12th December 2016. In the statement, Barwell has said that when Neighbourhood Plans make provision for housing, the plans should not be deemed out of date. They can only be considered out of date if ...

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  • RCA win appeal despite site being in the Green Belt, the Council having a 5 year housing supply and the site being outside the settlement boundary.

    Back in May 2016 Wychavon District Council refused planning permission for the demolition of an existing garage block and the construction of a single storey dwelling.  Such a decision was disappointing as, following an earlier appeal dismissal, the subsequent scheme had been amended to ...

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  • Where Have All the Planning Officers Gone?

    During a recent meeting with a Local Planning Authority, the Senior Planning Officer highlighted that he was the only remaining employee in his role despite a recent advertisement for two additional Senior Planners which resulted in no applications. Whilst working with various Councils ...

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  • Is 15 weeks a long time? Consultation on TROs required for development.

    In answer to the above question, in 15 weeks you could cycle around the world... (1)
     
    The Department for Transports (DfTs) new consultation paper on

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