Entries by Mick McLoughlin

Mind The Hedge

Here at Northern Planners, we are always on the look-out to ensure our clients don’t get into hot water whilst progressing their developments, even when they have a valid planning permission. Sometimes this is due to issues around discharging planning conditions but sometimes it can result from the requirements of other planning-related legislation. One such […]

‘Shape of Pond’

And now for a non-Yorkshire-based item …. It isn’t just ordinary folk that have planning problems. For the last 2 years or so, popstar Ed Sheeran has been having issues with his local council, South Suffolk Coastal District Council, culminating in recent enforcement investigations that have been picked up by the national media. The issues […]

If you go down to the woods…

  Over the past 12 months, NP has been assisting the Woodland Trust with the first stages of a major investment programme for its flagship attraction, Skipton Woods, in North Yorkshire. Nestling in the shadow of the historic Skipton Castle, the ancient woodland site of Skipton Woods is one of only 2 Visit England-accredited ‘Destination […]

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 […]