This week the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government won the appeal it lodged to the High Court over a ruling that a planning policy issued in relation to affordable housing and small-scale sites was unlawful. The policy was initially announced in a written ministerial statement made in Parliament on 28 November 2014 and related to housing developments of 10 units (or 1000 sq m) or less which would be excluded from affordable housing levies and tariff based contributions. A lower threshold was to be applied in designated rural areas, National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Mr Justice Holgate upheld a challenge to the written ministerial statement brought by West Berkshire and Reading Councils on the basis that it was inconsistent with the statutory planning regime, the Secretary of State had failed to take into account necessary material considerations and that there had been inadequate consultation over the proposed changes. However, the Court of Appeal (in a joint ruling from Lord Justice Laws and Lord Justice Treacy, with the Master of the Rolls agreeing) has concluded that all grounds of appeal should succeed. In a statement the two local authorities who had challenged the Secretary of State said that they were disappointed by the result and were considering their options as a matter of priority with regard to appeal.
This judgement may open the door again for those wishing to develop smaller sites but have simply no way of delivering viable development with such challenging locally adopted planning policy expectations for affordable housing which, locally, can exceed a third of the total number of dwellings being developed. Such expectations are clearly having an impact on housing delivery at the very time we face a chronic shortage. For now, we must stress that there is a possibility of a further appeal by the councils to the Supreme Court. It is also a fact that the minister’s original policy was withdrawn after the High Court order quashing it, so it is for the minister to decide whether to publish it again, and of course when to do so. A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said it would not expand on a statement on the Court of Appeal result at this stage and that any further information on the policies would be announced “in due course”. However, in reaction to the ruling, housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis said it restores “common sense”. He added: “This will now mean that builders developing sites of fewer than ten homes will no longer have to make an affordable homes contribution that should instead fall to those building much larger developments.”
For the moment, however, the policy does not exist in legal terms. We’ll keep you posted!
Globe has secured planning permission on appeal for the growth of leading fashion brand Lola Rose’s Headquarters in West Hampstead, London. Permission was refused by the London Borough of Camden for extensions to the company’s head office to create more floorspace to enable the business to expand and create new jobs. However, the Planning Inspector, in considering the case, placed significant weight on the economic growth of the company, which is located within a designated Growth Area. Read more →
Joe Cooke from Cooke and Connell fundraisers and the Lincoln Tank Memorial Committee has presented Globe with a limited edition print of Stewart Pearson’s Lincoln Cathedral from the Brayford Pool at Night. This is in recognition of the company’s significant and ongoing support for the Tank Memorial project. Obviously it has been absolute pleasure to help and work with such selfless people, totally committed to Lincoln, its economy and its community.
Globe’s 10th Anniversary Celebration brought over 100 people to the Ritz Cinema in Lincoln to mark our first decade.
A mix of clients, professional colleagues, family and friends joined the team for an evening which kicked of with local band Square Bears and drinks from the only bar I’ve ever seen with an autographed Tardis in the corner.
Our aim was to have a fun evening and offer our guests an informal and unusual event with a positive community flavour. The volunteer restored and run Art Deco Ritz Cinema was an ideal venue and as we progressed through sweets, popcorn, hotdogs, nachos, ice creams and a screening of the Da Vinci Code (which was released in the year we started and was partly filmed in Lincoln Cathedral) we knew we’d pitched it about right. From the comments on the night and since, so did our guests. We said our thank-yous at the Ritz but it’s worth repeating our thanks to all our guests for such a memorable evening, to Pete and his team at the Ritz and to our staff and in particular our business manager Lizzy who pulled the event together. Read more →
Globe has helped long established local family firm R. W Stokes and Sons gain planning permission and Listed Building Consent to transform this important landmark building in historic Lincoln into a thriving mixed use environment. The Lawn premises will accommodate the company’s coffee roasting and sales business alongside a café, viewing area with interpretation displays of the former asylum’s history alongside that of Stokes, offices and a restaurant. The proposal also rationalises car parking for the benefit of all users, a crucial component of a successful visitor economy. The solution is a carefully considered one which requires minimal alteration and impact on the historic fabric of these sensitive buildings.
Globe will once again be attending MIPIM, the world’s leading property market, in March. MIPIM brings together the most influential players from all international property sectors and we’ve found it a great opportunity to catch up with our many regional colleagues in the property and development sector as well as meet new people and develop new opportunities.
Both Phil and Russ will be there between Monday 14th and Friday 18th March, so if there is anything you’d like to discuss with them, why not give them a shout? With any luck the sun will be shining for us on our company’s 10th anniversary too!
Phil’s number is 07973 257 853
Russ’s number is 07738 191 325
2016 is a special year for Globe as the company celebrates its tenth anniversary in the spring.
2016 marks 10 years of trading for Globe and as the year begins I’ve been reflecting how much we have matured as a business as well as how much we’ve packed into the last ten years.
In 2016 this continues to be a great business to run and a fantastic team to work with. The team still includes some of those who were there on day one, which gives us great continuity, while more recent recruits have added knowledge and new skills. Our most recent recruit, who joined the company last summer, is now being supported through her masters degree to ensure that we also develop new talent from within the business.
Globe’s journey has been an interesting one and over the Christmas holiday I was asked by a close friend if I would do it again. The answer was a definite yes because, despite the difficult initial decision in 2006 to resign from a secure and well paid job in the public sector and then having to respond to the impact of global recession just as the business had started to grow, it’s been exciting, challenging and enjoyable.
One of our best decisions was to put Phil Scrafton at the helm as MD, in 2012. Phil has increased the company’s visibility and strengthened its relationships with clients. It also enabled Phil and I to work more effectively to our respective strengths, with the support of a well-motivated and extremely competent team.
Globe has reached ten years old after a number of changes, not least of which was the dramatic but necessary shift from being a public sector facing consultancy to becoming a private sector facing one. We now have a diversified business working with clients on wide range of projects, and are able to offer our services through approaches that range from hourly consultancy rates to full joint venture risk sharing. It’s a good place to be and I’m proud of what we’ve achieved.
To celebrate our 10th Anniversary Globe will be running a number of events throughout the year and I hope that as many of our clients, friends and associates as possible will be able to join us at these celebrations as the year unfolds.
Globe have secured a successful outcome for a document archive storage company in Washingborough, Lincolnshire. The application was previously refused by North Kesteven District Council because of concerns about its impact on the countryside. However, Globe were able to present a case in favour of the needs of this specialist company to justify the growth of its business on the outskirts of the village.
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