Entries by Kate Weller

Converting the High Street

Last month’s Budget contained some interesting planning nuggets. One related to the Government’s desire to bolster the nation’s High Streets. It appears that Mrs May and her Planning Minister James Brokenshire will be looking soon to introduce additional planning freedoms for vacant shops and commercial property to change use to housing by modernising the Use […]


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Q Class Conversions for Agricultural Buildings – Permitted or Not Permitted Development ? Some of the Pitfalls

From time to time, we have clients come to us because they have had bad advice on converting their rural buildings into houses through permitted development rights. These are known as Class Q Conversions and care has to be taken to ensure that potential candidate buildings/proposals will actually satisfy the ‘Prior Approval’ and related requirements. […]

Selby Council is looking for development sites!

Selby District Council is looking for local landowners and developers to put forward land/buildings suitable for future development. The period for putting forward your sites runs from the beginning of October until late November. Northern Planners are well-placed to promote our clients’ sites as part of this exercise. With experienced Policy Planners in our team, […]

Knaresborough’s Neighbourhood Development Plan

This week Knaresborough Town Council published a draft version of the new Neighborhood Development Plan. If this plan is adopted it will become a legal document which will be consulted for all planning applications until 2035.  The next seven weeks are designated as a formal public consultation period. This is an opportunity for all members of the […]

Permission Granted !!

Congratulations to the team for another successful application!! Earlier in the year Northern Planners were engaged by Swaythorpe Growers to prepare a planning application for a food processing plant at Sandhill, East Riding adjacent and connected to an existing AD plant. This included submission of an EIA Screening/Scoping Report, which confirmed that the development as […]

New Team Member

Northern Planners are thrilled to welcome David Hickling to our team of Chartered Town Planners. Dave has 35 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors, including a spell teaching Planning Law and Procedures at the former Birmingham Polytechnic. For the last 20 years Dave has divided his time between training and research projects, […]

Office – to – Residential to become permanent!

The Government has confirmed that the current ‘temporary’ permitted development (PD) rights for change of use of offices to homes will be made permanent from April 6th. The Act that was originally introduced in May 2013 has now been amended in a bid to help solve the current housing shortage. All applications will still be subject […]