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Latest news and announcements in the UK (last updated 01.07)

  • England: latest Chief Planner letters (February, April and May)
  • Scotland: March Chief Planner update, with details of extensions to planning permissions, online publications and provisions for meetings.
  • England: Planners have overwhelmingly backed the extension of virtual planning meetings, with 90% of respondents saying that local authorities should continue to have the express ability ‘to hold at least some meetings remotely’, while 88% thought the remote meeting arrangements worked either ‘well’ or ‘very well’. Read more
  • RTPI Head of Policy Richard Blyth on the end of virtual planning meetings. Read more
  • England: £12million for planning granted in the Comprehensive Spending Review. Read from the Government here and from the RTPI here 
  • Scotland: Fourth National Planning Framework position statement. Read more
  • Scotland: Transforming places together: digital strategy for planning. Read more
  • Scotland: Provisions of the Coronavirus Planning Act extended (extension of the emergency period and the extended period). Read more
  • Wales: Building Better Places: The Planning System Delivering Resilient and Brighter Futures (16 July). Read more
  • England: Temporary planning rules to protect cultural heritage (14 July). Read more
  • Wales: Letter (10 July) Planning and the post Covid-19 recovery: letter to local authorities. Read more
  • Scotland: Chief Planner letter (2 July) on Covid-19 and the use of outside spaces. Read more
  • England: The Secretary of State has announced (22 June) new measures including extensions for planning permissions expiring over the course of the pandemic, and measures to allow PINS to be able to utilise more than one procedure simultaneously when dealing with an appeal. Read more
  • NI: PAC have issued a statement (10 June) regarding remote hearings, and an engagement event run with parties including the RTPI. Read more
  • Planning Appeals Commission offices in Northern Ireland will re-open on Monday 11 May. Due to social distancing measures they have in place they will be operating with reduced administrative capacity and will initially be open in the mornings only. Read more
  • May 2020 United Kingdom local elections (including for councils, majors and police and crime commissioners) have been postponed until 2021. Read more
  • The Coronavirus Act (2020) received Royal Assent on March 25, meaning it is now an Act of Parliament. The Act provides for the postponement of referendums by the Secretary of State, including under schedule 48 of the Town and Country Planning Act (dealing with neighbourhood development plans). Read here
  • The letter from the RTPI, RICS and RIBA to the Prime Minister regarding coronavirus and the built environment sector can be read here.
  • A letter from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to everyone working in the UK's construction industry (31 March). Read more

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