Chair of Planning & Environmental Law Committee
Stephen Webb, Clyde & Co LLP
Consultation on the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework.
The Law Society and City of London Law Society Planning & Environmental Law Committees Joint Response to the Technical Consultation on Implementation of Planning Changes
The consultation put forward a range of proposals, which DCLG stated would “further improve the planning system and build upon the improvements we have already made”. The Committee submitted a detailed response to the consultation questions.
15/09/2014 - Response to the English Heritage consultation on Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning
The consultation invited views on several “Historic Environment Good Practice Advice Notes”, namely notes on “The Historic Environment in Local Plans”, “Decision-Taking in the Historic Environment” and “The Setting of Heritage Assets”. The purpose of the notes was described as being to assist local planning authorities, planning and other consultants, owners, applicants and other interested parties in implementing historic environment policy in the National Planning Policy Framework and the related guidance given in the Planning Practice Guidance, recently published by the Government. In its submission, the Committee stated that it viewed the amalgamation of English Heritage’s advice into one source as a positive step. The Committee also noted that, as much of the advice had been previously published, it had no particular concerns in respect of the contents, and that the submission responded only to the questions raised. The submission went on to respond in detail to the consultation questions.
20/08/2014 - Response to DECC’s Consultation on Proposal for Underground Access for the Extraction of Gas, Oil or Geothermal Energy
The consultation sought views on proposals to reform the procedure for gaining underground access to oil or gas deposits and geothermal energy. The submission, which was made mainly in relation to oil and gas drilling, responded to the questions in the consultation paper. It also noted generally that, in light of the Government’s policy decision to promote such exploration, the Members of the Committee were in favour of the proposed solution set out in the consultation paper. In conclusion, the Committee urged the Government to adopt the clear proposals in the Consultation Paper in order to remove one of the inappropriate hurdles, which currently presents delays and ambiguity in the consent process for on-shore exploration and extraction of both conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons.
16/01/2014 - Written evidence provided to the Environmental Audit Select Committee regarding its Inquiry into Invasive Species
The inquiry concerns the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species, particularly Japanese Knotweed. It called for the introduction of clear guidance on the legislation surrounding Japanese Knotweed, as well as for a change in existing legislation to plug the gap between lenders and borrowers.
The consultation document, “Biodiversity Offsetting in England”, set out options for the Government’s proposed biodiversity offsetting system and posed questions about how the system may best operate. The Committee’s submission in response set out answers to the specific consultation questions, including noting that the Committee considers that there is merit in the introduction of a biodiversity off-setting system to work alongside the planning system, and that it broadly agrees with the Government’s objectives for the system and the proposed characteristics of the system.
05/11/2013 - Response to the Ministry of Justice consultation paper Judicial Review: Proposals for further reform
The consultation invited views on potential measures for the further reform of judicial review, and followed on from the Government’s earlier judicial review consultation, which closed in January 2013. The Committee’s response was concerned solely with those questions in the Consultation Paper that immediately concern the planning & environmental law practitioners who make up the membership of the Committee. In general, the Committee described the Ministry of Justice’s further set of proposals for the reform of Judicial Review as premature, considering that the results of the earlier reforms introduced in July 2013 through the Civil Procedure (Amendment No 4) Rules 2013 (SI 2012/1412), and similarly the planning fast-track procedure introduced by the Administrative Court, have yet to be properly assessed.
Response to MoJ consultation: Judicial Review: proposals for reform
Response to DCLG paper: Planning Performance and the Planning Guarantee
Response to DCLG consultation: Nationally significant infrastructure planning: extending the regime to business and commercial projects
Response to DCLG consultation: Nationally significant infrastructure planning - expanding and improving the one-stop-shop approach for consents
Response to the Technical Review of Planning Appeal Procedures
Planning and Environmental Law Committee response to Defra document, Habitats Directive: consultation on draft guidance on the application of Article 6(4)
Response to DCLG consultation on Renegotiation of Section 106 planning obligations
Response to DECC Consultation "The Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation"
Response to DCLG consultation “Community Infrastructure Levy: Detailed proposals and draft regulations for reform” (questionnaire)
Response to DCLG consultation “Community Infrastructure Levy: Detailed proposals and draft regulations for reform” (covering note)
Response to Defra "Consultation on a Draft National Policy Statement for Hazardous Waste"
Response to the DCLG consultation on the Draft National Planning Policy Framework
Response to DCLG issue paper on how change of use is handled in the planning system
Response to DCLG consultation questionnaire on the relaxation of the planning rules for change of use from business to residential
Response to DEFRA Consultation on Changes to the Contaminated Land Regime under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990
Response to DCLG Consultation on Greater Flexibility for Planning Permissions
CLLS Response to CLG Consultation on New Policy Document for Planning Obligations
Response to DECC Consultation on National Policy Statements for Energy Infrastructure
Response to DFT Consultation on Developing a Ports National Policy Statement
Response to the DCLG consultation, Improving Permitted Development
Response to DCLG consultation on Detailed Proposals and Draft Regulations for the Introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy
Response to consultation on the Policy Statement on Regional Strategies and Guidance on the establishment of Leaders' Boards
New Planning Policy on Development and Coastal Change
Response to Consultation on the Possible Release of a Biocontrol Agent to Control Japanese Knotweed
Response to Consultation on Adaptation Reporting Power in the Climate Change Act 2008
Response to Draft GDPO 2009 and LB Regulations 2009
Response to CLG consultation paper on greater flexibility for planning permissions
Comments on Application of the CRC to Private Equity Funds
Japanese Knotweed: Response to HM Revenue & Customs Technical Note dated 24 November 2008 on changes to Land Remediation Relief
Response to Consultation on Revised Waste Exemptions
Response to consultation on "Planning for a Better London"
Response re Proposed Changes to Planning Policy Statement 6: Planning for Town Centres
Response to DEFRA's Second Consultation on the Implementation of the Environmental Liability Directive
UKELA response to DEFRA's Second Consultation on the Implementation of the Environmental Liability Directive
Response to Consultation on Streamlining Local Development Frameworks
Response to Wildlife and Countryside Act Review
Response to draft Mayor of London Order 2008 and Strategic Planning in London
Joint City of London Law Society and Law Society Planning Bill Committee Commons Briefing No.2
Joint Law Society and CLLS briefing on selected amendments to the Planning Bill
CLLS response to proposed amendments to Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 1999
Annex to CLLS response to proposed amendments to Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 1999
Response to Consultation on Proposed Amendments to Section 237 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990
Response to Consultation on EU Soil Framework Directive (Part II)
Response to Consultation on EU Soil Framework Directive (Part 1)