Important Update - Nutrient Neutrality Guidance

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At the end of March 2022, all of the Local Planning Authorities in Cumbria received 'Nutrient Neutrality Notifications' from Natural England in relation to rivers and waterbodies in the catchments of Protected Habitat Sites. Natural England have issued this advice where Habitats Sites are in an unfavourable conservation status and additional nutrie...
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Do You Need Agricultural Planning Advice?

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PFK have been helping farmers, landowners, developers, rural businesses and individuals in all aspects of rural development for over 145 years. Our planning services encompass new residential development and agricultural workers dwellings, agricultural buildings and permitted development rights, local and agricultural occupancy conditions, lawful d...
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Environment Act 2021

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 New legislation has been passed which will seek to protect and enhance our environment for future generations. Through the Act, the Government will aim to clean up the country's air, restore natural habitats, increase biodiversity, reduce waste and make better use of our resources. It is hoped that the Act will halt the decline in species by ...
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Adding Value with PFK Planning & Development

Adding Value with PFK Planning & Development
PFK is the only business of its kind in Cumbria to employ RTPI qualified Chartered Town Planners. Town Planners have the professional skills to understand complex legislation, to find solutions to difficult property-related challenges, to negotiate and advocate for good outcomes and project manage the planning process. This article will take a look...
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Self-Build Housing - Solution to the UK Housing Crisis or Grand Design Dream?

Self-Build Housing - Solution to the UK Housing Crisis or Grand Design Dream?
The Government recently commissioned an independent review into self-build housing. The Bacon Review, published on 21 August 2021, sets out a range of recommendations for how the delivery of self-build housing can be improved. Among the recommendations contained in the review are a "small sites programme" which would encourage local authorities and...
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National Model Design Code Update

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The 14 local planning authorities in England selected to apply the new National Model Design Code (NMDC) to their areas have been announced by housing...
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Consultation on Partial Review of Eden Local Plan

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Eden District Council has announced that it will be undertaking a partial review of the Eden Local Plan 2014 to 2032, and it has set out some big ques...
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Adoption of Lake District National Park Local Plan

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On 19th May 2021 the Lake District National Park Authority adopted the Lake District National Park Local Plan 2020-2035 following the Examination in P...
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Future of Remote Planning Committee Meetings

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Government Ministers have written to local authorities to explain that temporary powers permitting remote meetings in the Coronavirus Act 2020 will no...
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Further Measures Announced to Enable Businesses to Operate Safely and Support Economic Recovery

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On 25 March 2021, the Secretary of State laid a Written Ministerial Statement to Parliament which emphasised local planning authorities should continu...
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Important Update - Supporting Housing Delivery and Public Service Infrastructure

Important Update - Supporting Housing Delivery and Public Service Infrastructure
On the 31 March 2021, Robert Jenrick MP announced that following a national consultation exercise, the Government plan to go ahead and introduce new l...
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Our Guide to Occupancy Clauses

Our Guide to Occupancy Clauses
In this week's blog, Kayleigh will provide her insight into occupancy clauses. The existence of a occupancy clause, either local occupancy or agricult...
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How to Secure Planning Approval for Residential Development of Agricultural Land

How to Secure Planning Approval for Residential Development of Agricultural Land
The planning system in England and Wales is supposed to be ‘plan led.’ That means there is a legal requirement for every council in England and Wales ...
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Budget Update - 3 March 2021

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Today, Chancellor Rishi Sunak MP announced his Budget which includes a range of schemes and measures to support the economic recovery and stimulate gr...
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Our Guide to the Planning Requirements for Short-Term Holiday Letting Accommodation

Our Guide to the Planning Requirements for Short-Term Holiday Letting Accommodation
In this blog, Kayleigh Lancaster (Planning Specialist) provides her advice on whether planning permission could be required for the use of existing ho...
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Copeland Local Plan Consultation Deadline - Extended to 30 November 2020

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Due to the high level of interest in the Copeland Local Plan Preferred Options, the Council have extended the Preferred Options consultation by a furt...
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COVID-19 Update

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Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 31 October of a national lockdown, as of Thursday 5th November we are closing our office doors to t...
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Lake District National Park - Major Modifications Consultation Launched

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The Lake District National Park Authority have launched their latest consultation on their new Local Plan. This is the last opportunity to comment on ...
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Penrith Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Launched

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Eden District Council has received a Neighbourhood Development Plan from Penrith Town Council. A Neighbourhood Plan sets out a vision for a local area...
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Copeland Launches Local Plan Consultation

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A new public consultation has been launched into a key document that will help shape the future of Copeland. Copeland Borough Council is in the proces...
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