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Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Examination

We submitted our Draft Charging Schedule to the Planning Inspectorate on 16 July 2014. The Draft Charging Schedule and key documents were examined by Mr Philip Staddon Bsc, Dip, MBA, MRTPI on 26 September 2014. He concluded that the Draft Charging Schedule formed an appropriate basis on which to introduce a Levy. His report on our CIL and further details can be located on the CIL examination page of this website. 

Results of the Legal Challenge to the Core Strategy

We received a legal challenge to our Core Strategy which was heard in the High Court on 26 and 27 March 2014. Judge Lindblom handed down his judgment on the 12 June 2014 and he found in favour of the Council on both of the grounds of the challenge. The challenge has therefore been dismissed. GUI’s legal team submitted an appeal request at the judgment hearing, but this was refused.    

The full transcript of the judgment can be found on the adopted Core Strategy web page

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Changes to permitted development rights for household extensions and changes of use

As of 30 May 2013 The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2013 comes into force. This amendment introduces a number of temporary relaxations and/or new procedures for householder extensions, schools, changes of use, extensions to commercial premises, and the removal of prior approval for telecommunications apparatus in conservation areas. For householder six and eight metre extensions, there is a new prior approval procedure using a Householder Prior Approval Form.

National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

The National Planning Policy Framework has been published by the Government and came into effect on March 27 2012. The guidance replaces 44 previous Planning Policy Guidance notes (PPG), Planning Policy Statements (PPS), Minerals Planning Guidance (MPG), various ministerial letters to Chief Planning Officers and Circulars 05/2005 and 1/2008.  This is a key part of the Government's reforms to make the planning system less complex and more accessible, to protect the environment and to promote sustainable growth.

Find out more about the National Planning Policy Framework 

Sustainable development

Please see the Sustainable Development page for more information.

High Speed 2 Rail Link

In March 2010 the last Government announced proposals for a new high speed rail link between London and the north, known as HS2. On 20 December the new coalition Government announced its continued support for the previous preferred route, subject to some minor amendments to reduce the impact of the link.

The preferred route of HS2 does not pass through the Borough, although the impact on other parts of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty could be significant.

For more information please go to the Department for Transport website 

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