Knowledge Base Updated Apr
The NRPF Knowledge Base has been updated, including details of all relevant material published during 2012. Our Planners' Bookshelf
has also been updated to cover the latest 'must read' publications
along with a summary of the key themes in recent retail planning
A DCLG Consultation on further reforms to
the Community Infrastructure Levy runs until 28th May 2013. Proposed amendments
include explicitly allowing different rates for different uses and
scales of development e.g. small shops, retail warehouses
and supermarkets where justified by local market and viablity
evidence (para 22 and question 2) and also definition of abandonment
(para 65 and question 15).
Tesco and the
Space Race Apr
In its recent full-year financial results announcement,
Tesco has written down the value of more than 100 sites it no
plans to develop, as part of its strategic shift away from building
NPPF and the
Impact Test Apr
appeal to build an out of centre superstore at Basingstoke has been dismissed.
The Inspector acknowledged the NPPF’s presumption in favour of growth,
local jobs, regeneration, ‘walk in’ accessibility, offsite
improvements, etc but ultimately deemed these benefits to be
demonstrably outweighed by significant adverse impact on a
nearby District Centre. The Inspector recognised that
jobs would be created but would be offset to some extent by
at other stores due to increased competition. Read the full decision letter.
More Change of
Use Changes? Mar
The Budget Statement (para
1.115) states that the government will consult on "allowing further
flexibilities between use classes to support change of use from certain
agricultural and retail uses to residential use to increase
responsiveness within the planning system". See also article in Planning and DCLG statement.
NPPF One Year
An NRPF event
held in Manchester examined the impact of the first year of the
National Planning Policy Framework regime on town centres and retail.
Presentations are now available to view.
Success Rate Unchanged Under NPPF Mar
Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners has found little change to the
proportion of retail appeals allowed under the NPPF regime; likewise
the speed of the process is unaltered. The sqeuential and impact tests
remain key for non-town centre locations.
and the Sequential Approach Mar
A recent High Court case, Zurich Assurance v North Lincolnshire Council,
adopted (inter alia) the Supreme Court decision in a Scottish case (Tesco v Dundee City Council) on
the application of the sequential approach and the limits to
demonstrating flexibility. See especially paragraphs 61 & 62.