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What to do if you are refused planning permission
If you have been refused planning permission, you are entitled to lodge an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate.  However this must be undertaken within a prescribed timetable, which is usually ... 
October 2011
Prime Minister Defends Changes to the Planning System
In his speech to the Conservation Party Conference, the Prime Minister has defended the emerging changes to the planning system.  In his speech he said: Our businesses need the space to grow ... 
October 2011
Dale Farm Listing Bid Fails
Many people will now be familiar with the ongoing situation at Dale Farm near Basildon, where the Council is trying to secure the removal of a group of Travellers who have established a site there ... 
October 2011
Helping At Every Stage
Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy can provide advice and assistance at every stage of the planning process, from initial site appraisals, pre-application advice, through to the submission of ... 
October 2011
Access to Planning Barristers
In circumstances where complex legal issues are under consideration it can sometimes be beneficial to secure the advice of a specialist planning Barrister.  This is particularly relevant where ... 
October 2011
Ground Source Heat Pumps
In an period of increasing energy bills, many people are considering turning to renewable energy to help reduce their monthly outgoings.  One option often considered are ground source heat ... 
October 2011
Local Development Framework 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 ... 
October 2011
Dealing with Enforcement Cases
Enforcement Notices are used by Local Authorities to take action against unlawful use of land or development.  If you have undertaken works or are carrying out a use without first securing ... 
September 2011
Appealing a Refused Planning Application
When you apply for planning permission the Local Authority is required to determine the application, either by granting consent, or by refusing it.  If you have been refused planning permission, ... 
September 2011
Find Us on Facebook!
Did you know that Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy has its own Facebook page?  Go onto Facebook, search for Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy and take a look.  We aim to develop this page in ... 
September 2011
National Planning Policy Framework (Update)
The emerging National Planning Policy Framework continues to make headlines within the national press, particularly owing to the new presumption in favour of development.  Many parties, ... 
September 2011
Working with Local Authorities
In addition to working for landowners, householders and developers in the private sector, Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy also provides advice and assistance to Local Authorities.  This includes ... 
September 2011
Conservation Areas
If you live within a Conservation Area and intend to carry out new development, be it an extension or a new build proposal, it is important to ensure that your scheme will not detract from the ... 
September 2011
Listed Buildings
If you own a Listed Building or intend carrying out works that may have an impact on the setting of a Listed Building it is important that you engage professional advice at an early stage in ... 
September 2011
The Role of Councillors in the Planning Process
District and County Councilors do not generally have a significant role in the determination of most planning applications.  The majority of applications are determined under Delegated ... 
September 2011
Pre-Application Advice
Pre-Appliation Advice with the Local Authority is something which Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy strongly advocates, as it helps to identify any areas of concern that the Local Authority ... 
September 2011
Validation Guidance
When applying for planning permission it is advisable to first review the Local Authority's Validation Guidance.  Local Authorities prepare Validation Guidance in order to highlight when ... 
September 2011
The Planning Application Process
When an application is submitted to a Local Authority it is first reviewed to establish whether it is valid. If an application is deemed invalid, a letter will be sent to the applicant outlining the ... 
September 2011
Planning Committee
When a planning application is submitted to a Local Authority, there are normally two ways in which it will be determined.  The vast majority of planning applications are dealt with under ... 
September 2011
National Planning Policy Framework
Following concerns being raised by the National Trust and CPRE about the emerging National Planning Policy Framework, the Prime Minister David Cameron has sought to allay their ... 
September 2011
Planning Enforcement
Enforcement Notices are served by Local Authorities in circumstances where an applicant has undertaken works or is carrying out a use without the benefit of planning permission.  Unless the ... 
September 2011
Are New Houses Too Small?
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has derided many new houses within the UK as being too small for family life, using the term “shameful shoebox homes”.  RIBA contend that the ... 
September 2011
D&A Statements
Design and Access Statements are required for most forms of development, including household developments in Conservation Areas.  Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy can provide advice and ... 
September 2011
Planning Appeals
If you have been refused planning permission, you are entitled to lodge an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate.  There are three options available:  Written Representations, Hearing or a ... 
September 2011
Carbon Calculator
According to the Planning Portal's Carbon Calculator, Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy has optimised the facilities available to minimise its carbon footprint, saving up to 160 kg per year.  ... 
September 2011
Rob Duncan is on Linkedin
Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy is now on Linkedin.  If you are a planning professional, architect or developer, why not make a connection.  As a consultancy we are keen to build and ... 
September 2011
Renewable Energy
As energy prices continue to increase, many people are becoming drawn towards renewable energy developments in order to reduce their energy bills.  These include solar panels, wind turbines, ... 
September 2011
Community Infrastructure Levy
Newark and Sherwood District Council is close to becoming the first Authority in England to introduce charges on development to help pay for infrastructure and community facilities.  The scheme ... 
September 2011
Guiding You Through the Planning Process
Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy provides timely, professional advice and assistance to local residents and businesses when it comes to submitting planning applications.  We can advise you about ... 
September 2011
Greenhouses, Sheds & Garages
Are you considering erecting an outbuilding?  Perhaps a new shed, greenhouse or hobby room?  Did you know a large number of outbuildings can be erected without the need to apply for ... 
September 2011
Local Development Frameworks
Are you a landowner who is interested in the progress of a particular Authority’s Development Plan?  If so, Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy can assist by keeping you appraised of progress of ... 
September 2011
Objecting to an Application
Are you a local resident concerned about a planning application that has been lodged nearby?  Do you wish to object but are not sure how best to go about it?  Rob Duncan Planning ... 
September 2011
Solar Panels
Photovoltaic Cells, or Solar Panels as most people know them, are very much in vogue at the moment owing to the Government’s feed-in tariff.  If you are considering installing solar panels onto ... 
August 2011
Extending Your House
Are you currently thinking about extending your property?  Did you know there are various types of extensions you can construct without the need to apply for planning permission?  Rob ... 
August 2011
Coalition Keen To Safeguard the Green Belt
Following comments made by the National Trust and the Campaign to Protect Rural England that the Coalitions planning reforms will weaken countryside protection, the Government has issued a statement ... 
August 2011
Helping Developers, Householders and Landowners
Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy provides specialist town and country planning advice to landowners, householders and developer's alike. We can assist at all stages of the planning process, from ... 
August 2011
Developing on Garden Land
In June 2010 the Government introduced an amendment to Planning Policy Statement 3 - Housing, excluding garden land from the definition of brownfield land.  Concurrently, the density target of ... 
August 2011
Refused Planning Permission?
If you have been refused planning permission you are entitled to lodge an appeal against the Councils decision, provided it is submitted within the prescribed timescale.  Rob Duncan Planning ... 
August 2011
Development Plan Representations
As part of a Local Authoritys preparation of their Local Development Framework, they must identify suitable land for future development.  As part of this process the Council will seek the ... 
August 2011
Roller Shutters to be Permitted Development?
 In light of the recent riots across the country, the Government has announced that it is to consult on proposals to make roller shutters permitted development.  At present anyone ... 
August 2011
Government Announces 11 New Enterprize Zones
The Government has announced the locations of 11 enterprise zones designed to boost economic growth in the UK.  The plan is to create 30,000 jobs in hi-tech industries by doubling the ... 
August 2011
Enforcement Notices
Enforcement Notices are served by Local Authorities in circumstances where an applicant has undertaken works or is carrying out a use without the benefit of planning permission.  Unless the ... 
August 2011
Development Plan Representations
As part of a Local Authority’s preparation of their Local Development Framework, they must identify suitable land for future development.  As part of this process the Council will seek the ... 
August 2011
Lawful Development Certificates
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.  They can also be ... 
August 2011
Negotiation of S106 Agreements
Certain developments, depending on their size and local policy context, will incur the need for a S106 Obligation.  These can include for example affordable housing provision, education ... 
August 2011
Site Appraisals
Do you have a parcel of land which you dont know what to do with?  Maybe you are considering purchasing a site at Auction, but dont know what its development potential is.  Rob Duncan ... 
August 2011
RTPI to Launch Myth-Busting Campaign
The Royal Town Planning Institute TPI will soon be launching a myth-busting campaign in a bid to ensure a better informed debate about the role of planning and the planning profession.  The ... 
August 2011
Planning Portal
The Planning Portal is the Government's hub for planning information and submission of applications.  The Portal enables applicant's to submit their application electronically, thus avoiding ... 
August 2011
Becoming a Planner
Are you considering a career as a Town Planner?  Ever wondered what it is like to be a Planner and whether it is a fulfilling career?  Please read on!   Town and Country Planning is ... 
August 2011
Promoting High Quality Design
Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy aims to ensure that high quality development secures planning consent.  High quality development can help to enhance local areas, and Rob Duncan Planning ... 
August 2011
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