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Time to apply for Outline Permission in Babergh and Mid Suffolk

Babergh / Mid Suffolk have announced that their Local Plan is again delayed, this time until the end of 2021 ‘at the earliest’.  This is not a surprise. The authority has a long history of repeated failures to achieve...


New Use Classes

The Government has introduced wide ranging reforms to the planning system which will soon allow premises to change freely between various ‘Town Centre’ uses.  The introduction of a new use class on 1st September 2020 will combine the following...


Our response to Coronavirus (COVID -19) at PlanningDirect

We wish to reassure our clients, contacts and friends that it’s business as usual here at Planning Direct. Although we are following Government guidance and working from home we are still very much at work.  Our ability to carry...


Converting your loft? You might not need Planning Permission

Converting your loft is a great way to extend your home, and if you don’t need Planning Permission you can save time and money thanks to Permitted Development. Permitted development rights allow home owners to make improvements to their...


Change of Use – Enforcement and the benefits of the Four and Ten year Rules

Why is enforcement a necessary part of the Planning process? To tackle breaches of Planning Control which could have a negative impact on the amenity of the area To ensure the public’s faith in the decision making process. The...


Planning Direct advises on Neighbourhood Plans at recent Seminar

A recent workshop, hosted by Planning Direct at the company’s Head Office on Ipswich Waterfront was huge success. Attendees, representing a number of Parishes across the Eastern region benefited from the expertise and knowledge of Andrew Cann, Director of...


Planning Direct Seminar – An introduction to Neighbourhood Plans

HOW TO WRITE A NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN Join us Tuesday 30 April 2019, 9.30am – 1.30pm Planning Direct Head Office Felaw Maltings, 44 Felaw Street, Ipswich IP2 8SJ £20 per delegateSpaces are limited, please book early to avoid disappointment  The Government requires local Councils to...


A popular licensed premises in Woodbridge has been granted planning permission thanks to Planning Direct

The Inn in Woodbridge has been granted planning permission thanks to Planning Direct.  The business owners sought to change the use of their existing frontage from a car park to a seating area. Thanks to Planning Direct, patrons of...


Planning Permission granted for major new commercial development in Ipswich thanks to Planning Direct

Green light for new warehouse in Ipswich set to create 80 jobs Plans for one of Europe’s largest flooring distributors to develop disused land in Ipswich have been given the go-ahead – with the firm confirming 80 new jobs....



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