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Extending flats upwards – the new permitted development right explained

A number of new permitted development rights have recently been introduced by government. One of the earlier changes, the upward extension of existing blocks of flats, is intended to increase the number of new homes being delivered in England. PWA Planning director Paul Walton looks at the details.

This was one of the more intriguing measures announced in Boris Johnson’s Build, Build, Build speech at the end of June in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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View over north Preston from Longridge

Plans approved for new luxury bungalows in North Preston

PWA Planning has helped gain planning permission on behalf of a bespoke housebuilder for a select development of seven new bungalows in rural Preston.

We have worked with William Thompson Homes Limited to achieve planning consent for the seven properties on land to the rear of the stables at 907 and 909 Whittingham Lane, near Goosnargh.

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Peel Hall Business Park

Business park gets green light for redevelopment

A popular business park in rural Fylde will benefit from new investment after the site’s owners were granted planning permission  for redeveloping  the site.

Peel Hall Business Park, conveniently located close to junction 4 of the M55 between Lytham and Blackpool, will benefit from 11 new-build office units and 12 new-build industrial units.

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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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Alchemie Technology

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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