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Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Submission for Examination

We’ve recently submitted the Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Draft Charging Schedule and supporting policies to the Planning Inspectorate for examination. CIL is a new way of collecting financial contributions from developments towards the provision of infrastructure required to support growth within the Borough. 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. Judge Lindblom handed down his judgment on the 12 June 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. However, under the regulations they are still able to take this request to the Court of Appeal direct and have 21 days to do so.   

The full transcript of the judgment will be published on the adopted Core Strategy web page as soon as it is available.

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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 6 and 8 metre extensions, there is a new prior approval procedure using a Householder Prior Approval Form.

Planning fees increase

The Government has recently announced an increase in planning fees with effect from 22 November 2012.

The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) Regulations 2012 can be viewed on 

Details of fees and fee calculator can be viewed on the Government's Planning Portal website 

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 Governments 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 NPPF 

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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