Planning Updates

Planning Pre-Application Enquiry Fees

The fees increased on 1 April 2019.  The revised planning pre-application charging schedule is here.

Alvechurch Parish Neighbourhood Plan

The Alvechurch Parish Neighbourhood Plan was made (effectively adopted) at the meeting of Full Council on 27 February 2019 and now forms part of the Development Plan.  In terms of decision-making full weight will be placed on the Plan and its associated documents, such as the Alvechurch Village Design Statement.  The Plan covers the entire area of Alvechurch Parish.

Alvechurch Neighbourhood Plan and its supporting documents can be viewed here

Full details of the preceeding Examiner's Report, Decision Statement and the result of the Referendum are located here.

National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) February 2019

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published a revised version of the National Planning Policy Framework (the NPPF or the Framework) on 19 February 2019.  This version supersedes the July 2018 edition of the Framework.

In summary, the main changes to the February 2019 version are:

  • The footnote relating to paragraph 73 relating to maintaining supply and delivery of housing has been updated to reference where local housing need is used as a basis for calculating 5 year supply of housing it should be calculated using the standard method as set out in national policy.  There are some alterations to the glossary in relation to the term deliverability and local housing need.
  • Paragraph 177 relating to habitats and biodiversity has been amended.  The presumption in favour of sustainable development now applies even with habitats development, provided that impacts can be mitigated successfully.

The National Planning Policy Framework (February 2019) can be viewed here.

Prior Notification of Householder Single Storey Rear Extension

If you are planning on building a single storey rear extension under your permitted development rights, you have until 30 May 2019 to take advantage of a temporarily doubled size allowance under the Larger Home Extension Scheme.

In order to benefit from this scheme, your extension must be fully completed on or before 30 May 2019. A completion certificate must be submitted to the LPA.

The notification process requires information and plans to be submitted to the Council by the developer.  The Council will then consult with neighbours (occupiers or owners of adjoining premises) for a period of 21 days.  If an objection is received then the Council will assess the impact of the proposed extension on the amenity of the neighbours.  The Council may then either allow the development to go ahead or refuse approval. If the Council refuses the application then the applicant has a right of appeal.  A decision must be issued within 42 days from the date the Council receives the information.

If no objections are received, or if the Council fail to issue a decision with 42 days, then there will be a deemed approval.

Lickey and Blackwell and Cofton Hackett Neighbourhood Plan

The joint Lickey and Blackwell and Cofton Hackett Neighbourhood Plan has now been submitted to the District Council to begin its formal process towards adoption.  Representations received during the six week consultation period that ended on 29 March 2019 are now being considered. 

The Plan covers the entire area of Lickey and Blackwell Parish and Cofton Hackett Parish.

Further details of the adoption process and how to put forward representations can be viewed here.

Lickey and Blackwell and Cofton Hackett Neighbourhood Plan and its supporting documents can be viewed here.

Dodford Conservation Area

The Dodford Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan (CAAMP) together with two extensions to the Dodford Conservation Area boundary were adopted by Cabinet on 5 December 2018. This document is now a material consideration in the planning process.  A copy of the CAAMP is located here.  The Conservation Area boundary extensions can be found on Map 1 within this document.