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ABL News & Updates

Updated: Feb 7

Welcome to ABL's first blog. Each month we will be sharing information and updates on current projects, and news from the planning community.



Current Projects & Commissions


Despite Covid, the planning industry is busier than ever. We have been fortunate enough to be able to provide planning support for a number of Architects and plan drawers with applications submitted for:

Extensions to residential dwellings in the Green Belt - Warrington

Extensions to residential dwellings on challenging sites - Cheshire East

Extensions and subdivision of dwellings in the Green Belt - Cheshire West

Change of Use of land to equine use - Flintshire


Our own successes have seen us:

Achieve planning permission for a residential extension AND had an enforcement notice withdrawn - Warrington

Achieve planning permission for residential extensions - Cheshire West

Achieve planning permission for the erection of an outbuilding and, for business use within the curtilage of a residential dwelling within the Conservation Area - Cheshire West

Address complaints regarding an alleged breach of planning control - Cheshire West

Obtain an improved design on a new build dwelling that would have had severe impact on our client's - Cannock Chase


We have a number of appeals sat with the Planning Inspectorate and will keep our readers posted of the outcomes.


Planning News


Did you know that the Government are currently consulting on a proposed new permitted development right for the change of use from Commercial, Business and Service use to residential to create new homes, measures to support public service infrastructure through the planning system, and the approach to simplifying and consolidating existing permitted development rights following changes to the Use Classes Order.


The deadline for comments is the 28th January 2021. Further details can be found via https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/supporting-housing-delivery-and-public-service-infrastructure/supporting-housing-delivery-and-public-service-infrastructure



New legal protection for England's heritage has been announced by Robert Jenrick. As a snapshot, it is likely that we shall see:

  • New legal safeguards introduced for historic monuments at risk of removal

  • All historic statues, plaques and other monuments requiring full planning permission to remove, ensuring due process and local consultation in every case

  • The law make clear that historic monuments should be retained and explained

  • The Secretary of State will be able to “call in” any application and ensure the law is followed

This is the most significant new protection for England’s heritage since the 1967 Civic Amenities Act established Conservation Areas. The measures are considered to build on proposals that embed beauty, design and quality in England’s planning system for the first time.


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