Entries by Mick McLoughlin

You Snooze, you Lose !

Northern Planners empathise with Knaresborough residents, following the recent decision by Harrogate Borough Council to grant outline planning permission for 175 houses to the east of the town off Bar Lane. Local people have been shocked by the approval seeing it as an unwarranted intrusion into the landscape setting of Knaresborough. In granting the scheme […]

“We just have a few conditions…..”

This month sees the introduction of the long awaited requirement for councils (and inspectors) to consult applicants on proposed pre-commencement planning conditions before simply imposing them on permissions as has been the custom for many years. Anyone who has had such a condition placed on their consent will know the frustration that this type of […]

Building Breakthrough for Bickerton

Northern Planners is delighted to report that at the tail end of last month we secured permission for a major housing development in Bickerton village for our clients Noble Homes. This 21 home proposal was contrary to the emerging new Local Plan which has not identified the settlement for general housing growth. Practice Manager, Amy […]


We start this Month’s blog with some good news for one of Northern Planners’ clients. We have just received news that our appeal for Mr Gary Baines has been allowed by the Inspectorate. Mr Baines was wanting permission to develop a self-build property for his retirement in Rathmell, near Settle. His application, however, was turned […]

Clearing planning conditions

We are often asked by our clients to help them address the requirements of conditions that Councils impose on planning permissions. Last month saw a significant development in this area of practice, with the Government’s publication of new legal rules on pre-commencement conditions – those that require various actions to be undertaken prior to development […]

Using offices for housing – some findings on impact

This month has seen a trio of research publications on permitted development from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). One of these looks at the impact that office to residential conversions have had under the General Permitted Development legislation. One of the case studies is Leeds, where effects have not been as severe as […]

The Local Plan is dead, Long live the Local Plan

In an earlier post, we reported on the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework published in March. We pointed out a number of changes that might be of immediate interest/use to our clients. Another significant but longer term issue that is reflected in the draft document is change to the Development Plan regime. In future, […]

March News

All Change for National Planning Policies This month sees the publication of a draft new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Proposed new clauses promote: Affordable housing on brownfield Green Belt land; Houses for successor farmers; Exception sites for entry level home developments, and; Greater flexibility on sunlight/daylight standards in higher density housing schemes. It will […]

Good Bye Land Banks?

Immediately after November’s Budget, the price of many housebuilding companies’ shares dropped a little because of an apparent perceived fear by the investment market over potential Government action to end the so-called practice of landbanking. So what did the Chancellor actually say and what will it really mean for planning? Whilst speaking about housing supply, […]

Building in the Countryside – When is a rural site not that ‘rural’?

Over the last few months, planning consultants like Northern Planners have been watching appeal decisions to see the way in which Planning Inspectors have been treating  proposals for new houses in the open countryside following two legal judgements that considered the term ‘isolated’ in national policy. These cases are Dartford Borough Council v Secretary of […]