Planning

ACS Welcomes Business Rate Appeals Proposals; Urges Caution on Fees

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed proposals from the Department of Communities and Local Government which aim to make the appeals system for business rates more efficient. The consultation was launched this week by High Streets Minister Marcus Jones, who claims that the plans will ensure businesses can be confident that their valuations […]

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Ministers Tell Councils Town Centre Developments Must Come First

Written by Victoria Cummins

In a letter to local councils, Ministers have told planning officers to use powers in the National Planning Policy Framework to deliver retail investment in town centres. Clarification of planning policy has only previously been delivered by Ministers on controversial planning issues like Greenbelt developments. ACS Chief Executive, James Lowman, said: “Our evidence has shown […]

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MPs Urged to Support Convenience Store Development in Empty Pubs

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has urged MPs to support the development of new convenience stores ahead of a debate on pub conversions. In a statement, the Department for Communities and Local Government said that they plan to ‘bring forward secondary legislation at the earliest opportunity so that in England the listing of a pub as an Asset of Community Value will trigger […]

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Lack of Local Plans Failing Town Centres

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed a report by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee criticising the application of planning policy by local authorities.  In its report on the operation of the National Planning Policy Framework, the Committee has drawn attention to shortcomings in the way planning decisions are reached, and has […]

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Planning Minister Out of Answers on Town Centre First

Written by Victoria Cummins

Planning minister Brandon Lewis MP has admitted that Government does not monitor the effectiveness of planning rules designed to promote investment in town centres.   As part of an evidence session conducted by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee, the former high streets Minister  told the Committee that town centre first planning rules were […]

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MPs Raise Concerns About Effectiveness of Town Centre First Policy

Written by Victoria Cummins

MPs have raised question about the effectiveness of the planning system to direct new retail investment in town centres during an oral evidence session on the National Planning Policy Framework.  John Pugh MP for Southport and member of the Communities and Local Government Selection Committee referenced ACS’ (the Association of Convenience Stores) report ‘Retail Planning […]

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Chief Executive’s Blog: Does the Government Really Care About its Town Centre First Planning Policy?

Written by Chris Noice

This week I gave evidence to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee. You can see for yourself what I said here, but in summary, I explained our research into the application of the town centre first planning policy, which has actually allowed three-quarters of new retail investment to take place out of town. I won’t […]

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CLG Select Committee: Town Centres Continue to Suffer from Out of Town Development

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has told an influential group of MPs that high streets continue to suffer from the unrelenting stream of out of town developments. In an evidence session on the operation of the National Planning Policy Framework, ACS Chief Executive James Lowman told the Communities and Local Government Select Committee of the failure of the Government’s […]

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ACS Gives Evidence on Town Centre Planning to CLG Select Committee

Written by Chris Noice

ACS Chief Executive James Lowman has appeared before the Communities and Local Government Select Committee today on the operation of the National Planning Policy Framework and its impact on town centre investment. During the session, Mr Lowman presented the findings of an independent review of the planning system which showed that 76% of the new […]

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