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High Rise Fire Training Facility - a UK First!
Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy Ltd. was appointed last year by West Midlands Fire Service to secure planning consent for a new high rise training facility.  Over recent years the UK ... 
June 2014
Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy goes Limited
As of the 1st January 2014, Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy became a Limited Company.  Should you require any planning assistance or advice then please do not hesitate to contact us.  ... 
January 2014
76m Long Solar Panel Array Approved
Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy has recently secured approval for a 76 metre (249 foot) long solar array on an agricultural field in Staffordshire. The development will deliver up to 50 kilowatts of ... 
July 2012
National Planning Policy Framework
The National Planning Policy Framework was published on 27th March 2012 and replaces the raft of Planning Policy Guidance Notes and Planning Policy Statements previously in place. The document ... 
March 2012
National Planning Policy Framework to be Published This Week
The Chancellor George Osborne announced yesterday that the National Planning Policy Framework should be launched this week alongside the Budget. Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy will provide further ... 
March 2012
More Cuts to Feed-in Tariff for Renewable Energy?
It has emerged recently that the Government is considering cutting the feed-in tariff for solar power developments to less than a thid of its current level.  The feed-in tariff is an incentive ... 
February 2012
West Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership
A recently launched Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is aimed at making planning services more business-friendly.  The LEP is committed to improving the planning services offered by member ... 
February 2012
Access to Other Professional Services
When it comes to lodging an application it is often necessary for specialist documents to be prepared to accompany it.  Typical examples include bat surveys, tree surveys and noise ... 
November 2011
Preparation of Planning Statements
As professional Town and Country Planning Consultants, Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy undertake and prepare detailed planning statements with a view to securing high quality, sustainable, built ... 
November 2011
What is the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
The Royal Town Planning Institute is the UK's leading planning body for spatial, sustainable, integrative and inclusive planning.  It exists to advance the science and art of planning ... 
November 2011
The Role of the Planning Barrister
If you intend to lodge an appeal relating to a complex or controversial scheme, it is possible that it might be processed as a Public Inquiry.  If it does, you will need appropriate legal ... 
November 2011
Survey Suggests More Schemes will Succeed at Appeal
A recent survey carried out by Planning Magazine - the journal of the Royal Town Planning Institute has showed that some 69% of Local Authority planners fear the emerging National Planning Policy ... 
November 2011
S106 Agreements
When you bring forward a large development, there is often a need for contributions to be made via a S106 Agreement. These can include for example affordable housing provision, education ... 
November 2011
Material Planning Considerations
The current planning system requires Local Authorities to determine applications in accordance with the Development Plan unless material planning considerations dictate otherwise.  Government ... 
November 2011
Local Development Framework (LDF) Submissions
The preparation of a Local Development Framework by a Local Authority represents an opportunity for local land owners and developers to put forward parcels of land for allocation within the Council's ... 
November 2011
Planning Enforcement
Enforcement Notices are used by Local Authorities to take action against unlawful use of land or development.  If you are served an enforcement notice it is important you take appropriate action ... 
November 2011
Certificates of Lawful Development (Proposed Use or Development)
The system of Lawful Development Certificates enables an applicant to apply to their Local Authority for a certificate saying that a proposed use or development would be lawful, and not require ... 
November 2011
Certificates of Lawful Development (Existing Use or Development)
The system of Lawful Development Certificates enables an applicant to apply to their Local Authority for a certificate saying that an existing use or development is lawful.    When ... 
November 2011
Appealing a Refused Planning Application or Enforcement Notice
The Planning Appeals process exists to enable applicants who are displeased with a Local Authority's decision to secure an independant opinion from a Planning Inspector.  This could follow the ... 
November 2011
Rob Duncan is Getting Married
Not really planning news, but it is exciting to announce that Rob Duncan is getting married today!   About time too!    
November 2011
Planning Applications
Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy provides timely, professional advice and assistance to local residents, landowners and businesses when it comes to submitting planning applications.  We can ... 
November 2011
Decentralised Planning Fees
A recent survey carried out by Planning Magazine - the journal of the Royal Town Planning Institute has showed that whilst only 14% of Local Authority planners consider LPAs setting their ... 
November 2011
Pre-Application Charges
A recent survey carried out by Planning Magazine - the journal of the Royal Town Planning Institute has showed that some 60% of Local Authority planners consider that pre-application charges ... 
November 2011
Are Validation Requirements Too Onerous?
A recent survey carried out by Planning Magazine - the journal of the Royal Town Planning Institute has showed that whilst only 32% of Local Authority planners consider Validation Requirements to be ... 
November 2011
Resistance to Third Party Rights of Appeal
A recent survey carried out by Planning Magazine - the journal of the Royal Town Planning Institute has showed that the majority of both Local Authority Planners and Planning Consultants consider ... 
November 2011
Doubts as to whether Neighbourhood Plans will succeed
A recent survey carried out by Planning Magazine - the journal of the Royal Town Planning Institute has showed that only 17% of Local Authority planners, and 37% of Planning Consultants surveyed ... 
November 2011
Survey Suggests that a Definition of Sustainable Development is Required
A recent survey carried out by Planning Magazine - the journal of the Royal Town Planning Institute has showed that some 80% of Local Authority planners, and 37% of Planning Consultants consider that ... 
November 2011
Survey Suggests More Appeals Likely
A recent survey carried out by Planning Magazine - the journal of the Royal Town Planning Institute has showed that some 90% of Local Authority planners, and 72% of Planning Consultants consider that ... 
November 2011
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Ground source heat pumps are a form of renewable energy that are becoming increasingly popular as homeowners look to cut their household bills.  They work by transferring heat from the ground ... 
November 2011
Site Appraisal Service
If you have a parcel of land or property which you are considering developing, it can be helpful for you to understand the planning implications of your proposals.  Rob Duncan Planning ... 
November 2011
Permitted Development Assistance
If you are thinking of extending your home, there are numerous options that may be available to you without having to secure planning permission from your local council.  These are known as ... 
October 2011
Assisting the Public Sector
In addition to providing landowners and developers with planning advice and assistance, Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy also provides support to Local Authorities.  This includes the processing ... 
October 2011
Think Local 4 Business
Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy has signed up to the Think Local 4 Business website.  The website is aimed at promoting businesses within the Staffordshire area, as well as providing business ... 
October 2011
Our Clients
Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy is continuing to grow and we have proud to have worked with the following clients:   Hinton Properties Ltd. Oakdene Developments Ltd. Practical Construction ... 
October 2011
Planning Appeals
Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy has established a strong track record of securing planning permission at appeal.  With experience of Written Representation Appeals, Appeal Hearings, and ... 
October 2011
What is a Conservation Area
Conservation Areas are designated by Local Planning Authorities and constitute areas with special architectural or historic interest, the character and appearance of which are desirable to preserve ... 
October 2011
Land Banking Scams
The Planning Portal has recently reported a warning from the Insolvency Service that land banking scams are on the increase.  Land banking scams involve a large plot of land, usually a ... 
October 2011
Discharge of Planning Conditions
Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy offers advice and assistance on the discharge of planning conditions imposed on planning permissions including the provision of supporting documentation, and liaison ... 
October 2011
Community Engagement
Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy can assist in the preparation and running of community engagement events to support upcoming and ongoing planning applications and proposals.  This includes ... 
October 2011
Abandonment
When considering the lawful use of an existing property, specifically those which are vacant, redundant or partially derelict, it is necessary to assess whether the previous use has been ... 
October 2011
What is a Listed Building?
A Listed Building is one which has a special architectural and historic interest.  Giving a building Listed Status ensures that it is subsequently given consideration by the planning system ... 
October 2011
Agricultural Workers Dwellings
Within the Green Belt and other rural areas, new residential development is often resisted by Local Authorities who are keen to safeguard the character and appearance of these areas.  One ... 
October 2011
Planning Permission & Building Regulations
It is a common misconception that Planning Permission and Building Regulations approval are one and the same thing.  However they are not.  Planning permission is concerned with the impact ... 
October 2011
The Application Process
The planning application process, including both pre and post application matters, can be a confusing time if you have no previous experience.  Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy offers guidance ... 
October 2011
Our Expertise
Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy offers advice at all stages of the planning process, from initial site appraisals, feasibility assessments and pre-application discussions, through to submission of ... 
October 2011
Planning Fees
A number of months ago the Government announced that it would be making provision for the decentralisation of planning application fees in England.  The intention is that Local Authorities ... 
October 2011
Serving the Public and Private Sectors
Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy not only carries out work on behalf of landowners and developers, but also on behalf of public sector clients.  In recent months Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy ... 
October 2011
Serving Clients Throughout the Midlands
Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy provides specialist town and country planning advice to landowners, householders and developer's throughout Staffordshire and the Midlands.  We can provide advice ... 
October 2011
D&A Statements
Design and Access Statements are required for most forms of development, including household developments in Conservation Areas.  Without one your planning application will not be validated by ... 
October 2011
Delivery of Housing on Disused Government Sites
The Housing Minister Grant Shapps has recently confimed that Government plans to release disuse public land for housing development are moving forward.  Strategies have been put in ... 
October 2011
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