Welcome to this week’s Planning, Environment and Property newsletter. With so much happening (and at such a pace), it is difficult to know where to start! New Use Classes; new guidance published on the implications of Covid-19 to certain consultation and publicity requirements of the NSIP regime; draft guidance for the Business and Planning Bill, including as to pavement licences, construction working hours, availability of spatial strategies, and extending the life of permissions. We will try to digest as many as we can in forthcoming editions, but it will be interesting to see whether deregulation equates to progress through flexibility, or whether it leads us into high street homogeneity. Time will tell.
This week’s edition features articles from Andrew Tabachnik QC and Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho (on zero-VAT rating for “construction of new buildings”); Richard Harwood QC (with a look at the number of planning High Court challenges there are, or how few); Stephen Tromans QC (an environmental case law update); and John Pugh-Smith (on the policy concept of “openness”). The second part of Victoria Hutton’s round up of changes that have occurred over the summer will feature in next week’s edition, with a view to taking in a number of the developments that have occurred this week.
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