In the House of Lords, the Neighbourhood Planning Bill has undergone its third reading with members approving an amendment that obliges examiners to give information to/meetings with neighbourhood planning groups.
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth (the parliamentary under-secretary of state, Department for Communities and Local Government and Wales Office) conveyed amendment 1.
It was said by Bourne that within regulations for the amendment, the secretary of state, is permitted to explain the procedure an examiner of a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order must follow.
Historic England has published revised guidance on the impact of tall buildings amid a surge in applications for new skyscrapers. London is at the heart of this dash to reach for the skies, but big schemes are stacking up next to Georgian and Victorian estates that have conservationists and communities worried.
The Government’s statutory advisor on heritage issues said tall buildings should make a positive contribution to city life but warned they can also seriously harm places.
If proof were ever needed of the ongoing demand for basement space in London, this month, the amount of cash paid smashed all expectations, after a developer signed over a staggering six-figure sum for the mud underneath an existing block of flats.
The ground underneath a London mansion block was sold for £150,000 at auction as an ‘unexcavated basement’. It has no planning permission and it is believed to be the first time that such a deal has been struck where the developer must work around – or rather below – existing homes.