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  • Tower Hamlets Local Plan – Reg. 18 Consultation
    Tower Hamlets are in the process of preparing a new Local Plan for the Borough that is anticipated to replace the Tower Hamlets Local Plan 2031: Managing Growth and Sharing Benefits which was adopted by the Council on in January 2020. The Regulation 18 consultation seeks to gather feedback from the local community and stakeholders on the new vision, policies, site allocations, supporting evidence and the appendices for the new local plan. It provides residents with a key opportunity to inform what the plan should contain and how it will help to shape the future of the places they live, work and play. The consultation opened on the 6th November 2023 and will end on the 28th December 2023. Further information on the consultation can be found at Alongside the Regulation 18 Consultation, the Council will be undertaking Town Centre surveys to understand how residents and visitors are using the borough’s town centres and how these town centres can be enhanced. This will be done via random telephone surveys and the results will be used to inform potential policies in the new Local Plan. If you would like to make a representation with expert consultancy assistance or having an upcoming project in Tower Hamlets, get in touch with Squires Planning to see how we can help. | 01293 978 200
  • Uttlesford District Council - Reg 18 Local Plan Consultation
    Uttlesford District Council have commenced a consultation on the Regulation 18 draft Local Plan. The draft Plan contains the vision, objectives, spatial strategy and planning policy framework that the Council considers will best address the challenges and make the most of the opportunities for Uttlesford up to 2041. The draft Local Plan contains policies to tackle issues around meeting local housing needs, addressing climate change, meeting business and employment needs, and supporting infrastructure, transport, the economy and building healthy and sustainable communities as well as providing strategies for the North, South, Thaxted and rural areas. If adopted, these policies would be used in the determination of planning applications in the district. The Plan also seeks to allocate land with around 6,000 additional homes with development proposed at Great Dunmow, Newport, Saffron Walden, Stansted, Mountfitchet, Takeley and Thaxted. The Council will be running 4 events through November at the Priors Green Community Hall, Saffron Walden Town Hall, Manuden Village Community Centre and The Dourdan Pavilion to provide residents and businesses with information to help them make informed comments on the draft plan. The consultation opens today on the 3rd November and will close on the 15th December. It provides the community with the opportunity to comment on these draft policies and proposals, and to actively engage in shaping the future for development in the District. If you have a project in Uttlesford or would like assistance in forming a response to the consultation, get in touch with Squires Planning to see how we can help. | 01293 978 200
  • Planning fee increases edging closer
    The draft Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 are to be debated at its Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee on 25 October 2023 at 9:25am. It's journey so far through parliament can be found at  Once/If made this will result in increased planning application fees, and the end of the "Free Go" that currently exists for your second application. If anyone is preparing applications and plan on using their "Free Go" we recommend you get a move on! The team at Squires Planning are here to assist if needed...
  • Wiltshire Local Plan out for consultation
    Wiltshire Council are consulting on their Regulation 19 draft Local Plan and its policies. The draft Local Plan sets out Wiltshire Council’s strategic vision for growth, providing land to meet objectively assessed development needs, providing for infrastructure, environmental improvements and necessary mitigating and adapting measures to tackle the impacts of climate change. It contains policies that will be used in the determination of planning applications. Specifically, it includes area strategies for the Chippenham, Salisbury, Swindon and Trowbridge Housing Market Areas and more general economic, social and environmental policies that development is expected to comply with. The consultation opened on the 27th September and will close on the 22nd November. Comments on the consultation can be submitted online on the Council’s website, and numerous drop-in events are being held across the district throughout October where residents and other interested parties can discuss the plan with the Council’s policy team and find out more about the consultation. Once the consultation has ended, the Plan, accompanying evidence and comments received from the consultation will be submitted to the Secretary of State, where an Inspector will be appointed to independently examine the Plan and will assess whether it meets the relevant legal requirements, complies with the Duty to Cooperate, and is sound. If these tests are met, the Council will be able to adopt the emerging Local Plan, which would replace the existing Local Plan. The draft Local Plan and more information on the consultation can be found at If you would like to form comments on the emerging Local Plan, or have a project in the Wiltshire District, get in touch with Squires Planning to see how we can help. | 01293 978 200