Essential Guides

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: What is a five year housing land supply and why is it so important?

Planning applications for residential development are often justified by saying that the council doesn’t have a “five year supply of housing land.” But what does that mean exactly? And why is it so critical? This post explains.
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THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: What does ‘sustainable development’ really mean and why is it so important?

‘Sustainable development’ is described as the ‘golden thread’ running through planning policy in England. The planning system is based on the presumption that development which is sustainable should be allowed to take place. But what exactly is sustainable development? This blog explains.
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THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: The Local Plan process explained in an infographic

The process of preparing a new Local Plan can seem complicated and confusing even to some development professionals. The Local Plan diagrams that you often find on council’s websites don’t usually help much either. Our infographic strips away the abbreviations and legal terminology and shows the process is actually quite straightforward.
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THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: How the Local Plan process can help you get planning permission

The planning system can seem complicated at the best of times and the process for preparing a new Local Plan is no exception. But it can provide a crucial opportunity to secure development on your land through an approach called land promotion. This blog explains how you can do it.
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THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: How do I get planning permission for homes in the Green Belt?

Getting planning permission for housing development on Green Belt sites is one of the hardest objectives to achieve under our planning system. But it is possible if you go about it in the right way. This post explores the different approaches you can take.
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