Planning laws simplified


Less than one month ago the current coalition government released the revised planning guidelines for England and introduced the National Planning Policy Framework 2012 (NPPF 2012). The introduction of the NPPF 2012 which is a single 50 page document replaces over 1,000 pages of planning rules which were introduced by previous governments. The NPPF 2012 READ MORE

Breach of planning, enforcement and some severe penalties


PLANNING ENFORCEMENT AND THE PROCEEDS OF CRIME ACT  2002 Local Planning Authorities (LPA) are increasingly and successfully applying for Confiscation orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 which gives them powers to confiscate any financial gains which are made as a result of breach of planning control. If an Enforcement Notice is validly served READ MORE