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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 […]

Housing Delivery

Over the years, much Government effort has gone into trying to speed up the planning process and make it more efficient with one aim in mind – building more homes. […]

The Housing Crisis

The Housing Crisis in the UK looks likely to continue its dominance of headlines this year. The planning system is often blamed for delaying housebuilding which has contributed to spiralling […]

National Planning Policy Framework

A revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published for consultation on 5th March 2018 as part of a package of planning reform measures. Launched by the Prime Minister and […]

Garden Shed Conversion

Can you make an income from your garden shed? With the trend increasing for quirky holiday retreats have you considered the possibility of converting your outbuildings and entering the hospitality […]

Unwanted Garden Land

Releasing value from unwanted garden land can be a great way to generate funds to pay off your current mortgage or boost your pension pot. With greater life expectancy and […]

Environmental Impact Assessment

Environmental Impact Assessment is an integral part of the planning system. The EIA process allows for the environmental effects of certain development projects to be understood and mitigated as part […]

The Planning System

The housing shortage in the UK looks likely to continue its dominance of headlines this year. The planning system is often blamed for delaying house building which has contributed to […]