Our expertise in the South East, combined with our knowledge of the local market and economy, enables us to generate informative news and articles. Areas of interest include property and land, price trends, forecasts and legislation.

Please read our latest articles:

Planning in 2022

As we welcome the New Year, there are several new Planning elements to look out for in 2022 including the Planning System Reform, Local Plans, Housing Delivery, Carbon-Neutral Homes and […]

Planning Approval – Operational Use Extension

Our Planning team were delighted to obtain approval to extend the operational use of a local farm shop and café. The farm shop and café is well known in Kent, […]

Water Neutrality

Just as we started getting on top of the Nitrate Neutrality issue on the South coast another issue has arisen affecting development proposals in the more inland areas relating to […]

Environmental Services Hub

A new service from Chartered Surveyors and Chartered Town Planners, Batcheller Monkhouse will help landowners, farmers and developers mitigate climate change and comply with new environmental legislation. Batcheller Monkhouse are […]

Sigma Strategic Land & Nitrate Neutrality

In June 2021, Clare Bartlett MRTPI PIEMA, Partner, took part in a Q&A with Sigma Strategic Land on the thorny issue of nitrate neutrality. Clare heads up the Batcheller Monkhouse […]

Arun District Council Calling for Sites

Arun District Council is calling for sites. They are inviting landowners to submit sites that will be available for housing or commercial development over the next 15 years. The sites […]

Planning Reform Bill

Planning Update: The Planning Reform Bill A new Planning Reform Bill has been announced in the Queens Speech delivered at this weeks opening of Parliament. The purpose of the Bill […]

Southampton to Heathrow Aviation Fuel Pipeline

Next year should see the construction of Esso’s new 90km Southampton to Heathrow aviation fuel pipeline. This will be replacing the original one which was installed in the 1960s. Batcheller […]

RTPI Virtual Event

This week, Harriet Richardson, Associate Planner and Nick Webb, Planning Assistant, were involved in a Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) event on Microsoft Teams. Harriet is chair of the Kent Young […]

Planning Success

It has been a very busy couple of months for the Batcheller Monkhouse Planners. Since lockdown we have received 49 planning instructions, from single dwellings up to 578 houses. We […]

New Permitted Development Rights to Come into Effect in England

New permitted development rights have recently been announced in England as part of the UK Government’s plans to reform the planning system and fast track the development of new homes. […]

Planning for the Future

The Government has today published Planning for the Future, a consultation document outlining widespread proposed changes to the planning system. We are excited to see how the change will be […]

Business and Planning Bill

The Government has introduced a  Business and Planning Bill featuring a series of measures designed to support businesses and developers in England with their response to the pandemic. These include: […]

Do you own land in the Wealden District?

Wealden District Council is looking for new development sites and land as part of the preparation of its new local plan. The Council are asking landowners to come forward with […]

Businesses operate on a takeaway basis (Coronavirus)

This week the Government announced further restrictions to daily life and activity. Whilst essential to help curb the spread of Coronavirus this will add to the already intense pressure our […]

Compulsory Purchase Affecting Kent and Sussex Landowners

Many readers, including both tenant farmers and landowners, will have land affected by utility lines; whether water, sewage, gas, electricity or telecommunications. With utility companies constantly needing to maintain and […]

Positive Planning Decisions Boosting Rural Businesses

Positive planning decisions can boost your rural business with over 60% of farms in the UK having diversified in some way, with diversification projects now accounting for 22% of income […]

Certificate of Lawfulness

Our planning team were asked to review a farm which had a number of agricultural building including an AOC property. There was a section 52 agreement stating that none of […]

Planning Conditions – Changes in Legislation

New legislation comes in to force on 1st October 2018 which prevents Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) from imposing pre-commencement conditions to planning permissions without the written agreement of the applicant. […]

Garden Town Prospectus Published

Following the introduction of regulations to allow Councils to establish garden town development corporations last month, the long awaited Garden Town Prospectus was published on 16 August 2018. The prospectus setting […]

Planning Applications

The primary method of securing planning permission requires the submission of a Planning Application to the Local Planning Authority. The level of work required to prepare a request varies dependent […]

Planning appraisals – what to consider

Our planning appraisals are well researched and prepared and comprise the following: Site visit to view both the site and understand its context Review of planning history Identification of existing […]

Property or Land Planning Appraisal

A property or land planning appraisal is an important stage in the delivery of a successful development scheme. A planning appraisal sets out the planning background to a site and […]

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) looks at the environmental consequences of a proposed development project. It ensures that the environmental effects of a project are taken into account before a […]