Making the most of summer – What’s changed in planning and construction following coronavirus?

Following the government announcement about the further easing of lockdown from July 4, our senior planner Matt Wyatt rounds up the key changes to planning laws that businesses and the construction sector can take advantage of to get back to work this summer.

With government announcements coming thick and fast, the legislative framework around planning and construction understandably isn’t keeping pace with the changes being announced.

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Plans approved for Preston luxury house share scheme

A company which specialises in taking unloved buildings and turning them into luxury apartments aimed at young professionals and city dwellers has gained planning consent for its latest scheme in Preston.

Luxury House Share has been given the go ahead to convert an existing 23-bedroom student housing property at 19-20 Fishergate Hill into four separate properties. Each of the four new homes will provide luxury living accommodation for up to six people.

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New Lancashire-based lab to create ‘centre of excellence’

A former farm building in rural Lancashire is set to become a centre of excellence for developing new materials and technologies after plans were approved to extend a new research laboratory.

Alchemie Technology, which specialises in research for digital additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3D printing, has been granted planning permission to make improvements to its existing research site at Blue Bell Farm near Longridge.

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Do I need a Lawful Development Certificate?

A lawful development certificate is an extremely useful planning tool – especially where permitted development rights are concerned, as Daniel Hughes explains.

One of the ways in which a Lawful Development Certificate is a useful tool is by establishing beyond doubt that a project was legal at the time of construction. This can be used as evidence when dealing with local planning authorities as well as potential buyers.

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PWA supports latest major development at Frontier Park

Plans for four large-scale industrial and warehousing units, as well as four new premises aimed at start-ups, have been approved at the Frontier Park commercial site on the Blackburn and Hyndburn border.

PWA Planning successfully advised Monte Blackburn, the property and development company for the Issa family, on the latest ambitious development at the 90-acre business park off the M65.

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Can Brownfield Land Registers solve the housing crisis?

Paul Walton, director of PWA Planning, discusses the role of Brownfield Land Registers and whether brownfield sites can deliver the new homes the country needs.

Brownfield sites have enough space for more than a million new homes, according to research from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). Its study suggests local planning authorities have identified more than 17,000 brownfield sites, covering over 28,000 hectares of land.

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