Do You Need A Planning Consultant?

Do You Need A Planning Consultant?
At PFK, we have a dedicated Planning team - find out below how they can help you today: Why do I need a Planning Consultant? Planning Consultants have an expert knowledge of regulations and can therefore play a vital role in obtaining permission for projects with complex needs. Even if you have a knack for understanding intricate rules, securing pe...
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Delayed - Decision on West Cumbrian Coal Mine

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The government has confirmed that a decision on an application for an underground mine that would be located on a brownfield site south-west of Whitehaven will be made on or before 8 November 2022.  A decision on the application, which was the subject of a Public Inquiry in September 2021 was expected on or before 17 August 2022.  Th...
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Nutrient Neutrality Update - July 2022

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Almost four months have now passed since Natural England published updated advice with regards to water pollution and more specifically Nutrient Neutrality causing significant disruption to planning application submissions across Cumbria. So where are we now? Honestly, not a lot further forward! We know that Cumbria is one of the worst affected are...
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Using the Local Plan or Neighbourhood Plan to Restrict Second Homes

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A recent vote undertaken in Whitby has seen the community vote resoundingly in favour of imposing restrictions on second homes, with the aim of ensuring that all new homes built in area are for full-time and primary occupation. Many coastal and rural communities have experienced a significant increase in the proportion of homes in their area being ...
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Revised National Planning Policy Framework?

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On Wednesday 8 July 2022, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove announced that a revised National Planning Policy Framework will be published in July. This was a bit of a surprise announcement which generated much discussion within the planning and development sector. His announcement was made in response to...
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Summer 2022 Newsletter

Summer 2022 Newsletter
Bringing you all the latest up to date information, our latest newsletter is now available to view by clicking the link below: https://mailchi.mp/57b37b38f764/pfk-land-agency-summer-newsletter-2022 In this newsletter, you'll find Jo Edwards' outlook on what we can expect in the coming months, why there is no time to waste when it comes to new ...
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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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