Certificate Of Lawfulness Granted for Rural Property in Wiltshire

IPS is delighted to have recently achieved a Certificate of Lawfulness establishing a rural property near Farley, Wiltshire as a permanent residential dwelling. The property is a wooden lodge which was originally permitted for use as an office, canteen and night watchman’s post for an adjacent sawmill business. This property has since been permanently resided […]

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Submission of an Application for a Veranda in Cotswold District

IPS were pleased to submit an application for a new veranda in association with a completed Dairy Shed Conversion in Bagendon, Gloucestershire this week. An application for the conversion of the former Dairy Shed, to a permanent dwelling for the Applicants was permitted in February 2018. Whilst this included development within the curtilage of the […]

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Success Defending Appeal for a New Crematorium in North Kesteven

Impact Planning Services (IPS) was commissioned by North Kesteven District Council (NKDC) in early 2019 to undertake an appraisal of a needs assessment (quantitative and qualitative) and planning statement which had been submitted by applicants seeking to develop a new crematorium at Thurlby, in Lincolnshire. This independent assessment assisted NKDC’s officers in the preparation of […]

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Virtual Planning Committees – Legislation and Implications

We previously commented on the changes to the UK planning service and the key message from the Government’s Chief Planner, pressing for creative ways to continue the planning process to support the local economy. As the Coronavirus Act 2020 received Royal Ascent a few weeks ago, new ways to continue decision making within the Local […]

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COVID-19 Adjustment and Innovation

As we all settle into some form of routine, working from home on desks in the spare room and video conference calls, we thought it prudent to reflect on the changes and challenges we are all facing in these difficult times. The key message from the Government’s Chief Planner in his letter at the end […]

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IPS Notice regarding COVID-19 Virus

  Owing to the recent acceleration of the virus within the UK, IPS would like to take the opportunity to reassure our clients, old and new, that we are working hard to minimise disruption to our work and practice and potential impact on our services to you. We are dutifully following the precautions set by […]

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New Government White Paper on Planning Reform

by Robert Wilson           New Government White Paper on Planning Reform Where next for Town and Country Planning? The Government’s Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said in October 2019: “We are going to be bringing forward a white paper on planning reforms. We’ll have to see what happens in the coming weeks to be able […]

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IPS attend Swindon Six Nations Charity Dinner

IPS were invited to attend a Six Nations Dinner with our clients, Hills Homes last week. The evening was hosted by former England captain Dylan Hartley and included a preview and highlights of the forthcoming 2020 Six Nations Tournament and a Q and A session. The evening was greatly enjoyed by those in attendance and […]

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Northern Ballet: 50th Anniversary Gala

Impact Planning Services are proud to have sponsored two dancers at the Northern Ballet, Rachael Gillespie, a First Soloist and Ashley Dixon a Principal Soloist. Rachael began dancing at the Judith Hockaday School of Dance and Drama (Swindon) and Central School of Ballet. Rachael joined the Northern Ballet in 2007 and previously danced with Scottish […]

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Need for Elected Member Training

by Robert Gillespie           Thoughts on the process involved in Planning Committees reaching decisions on planning applications. The need for elected member training I dread to count the number of planning committees which I have attended having witnessed what can only be described as “palm tree justice”.  Not all my clients’ […]

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