Permission secured for two new houses in the Forest of Dean in countryside location.
Permission secured for two new houses in the Forest of Dean in countryside location.

15 April 2024

MEP is delighted to have secured planning permission for two new houses on the edge of the village of Tibberton which falls within the jurisdiction of the Forest of Dean District Council (FODDC). The approved scheme involved the demolition of the existing modern barn and the erection of two detached dwellinghouses. One of those dwellinghouses […]
 Planning permission and Listed Building Consent obtained for conversion of rural building to offices.
Planning permission and Listed Building Consent obtained for conversion of rural building to offices.

5 March 2024

The site, which is located in small village, forms part of a larger rural estate in the Cotswolds AONB. The site comprises three buildings including a former beer store, an archway, and a smaller building to the rear. The site is located centrally within the village and is currently vacant. Dating back from 1862, the […]
 Biodiversity net gain regulations come into force today.
Biodiversity net gain regulations come into force today.

12 February 2024

The government’s long-awaited biodiversity net gain (BNG) regulations have finally come into force today, meaning developers will be required to demonstrate at least a ten per cent benefit for nature on all major schemes in order to obtain planning permission. The requirement for small sites (between one and nine dwellings) will commence on 2 April […]
 Strategic and Local Plan Consultation given the green light by councils in Gloucestershire.
Strategic and Local Plan Consultation given the green light by councils in Gloucestershire.

16 January 2024

Today (16th January 2024) a public consultation on the Strategic and Local Plan (SLP), a document that sets out a blueprint for new development in Cheltenham Borough, Gloucester City and Tewkesbury Borough, has opened for feedback. Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewkesbury Councils are now producing a Strategic and Local Plan (SLP) which will eventually provide an […]
 The arrival of the updated NPPF – what are the changes and what will the implications be for development?
The arrival of the updated NPPF – what are the changes and what will the implications be for development?

20 December 2023

The new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) finally arrived on 19th December bringing with it a raft of questions; what changes does it introduce? When does it take effect? What does this mean for the development industry? See our summary below on some of the most significant changes and what this could mean for development. […]
 MEP’s latest Planning Matters Forum event attracts a full house.
MEP’s latest Planning Matters Forum event attracts a full house.

22 November 2023

Entitled ‘Planning Reforms: Solution or Illusion’, the discussions highlighted the significant changes proposed in the LURA. The reforms are set to present a significant change to the planning system by offering a shift away from localism, and deliver new local plans within a 30 month period, inter allia. The event was chaired by MEP’s managing […]
 Permission obtained for the conversion of a Grade II* listed barn to a wedding venue and erection of additional accommodation on site.
Permission obtained for the conversion of a Grade II* listed barn to a wedding venue and erection of additional accommodation on site.

MEP is delighted to have secured Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent on behalf of a rural estate for works to a notable Grade II* listed building located in the open countryside. The permission allows for the demolition of outbuildings attached to the main barn, erection of extensions to the main barn, alterations to the […]
 WORLD TOWN PLANNING DAY;  MEP TAKES A LOOK AT HOW THE PLANNING SYSTEM IN A EUROPEAN CITY SUCCESSFULLY LEADS THE WAY IN SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY.
WORLD TOWN PLANNING DAY;  MEP TAKES A LOOK AT HOW THE PLANNING SYSTEM IN A EUROPEAN CITY SUCCESSFULLY LEADS THE WAY IN SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY.

8 November 2023

To mark World Town Planning Day, the MEP team enjoyed an ‘academic’ visit to Utrecht; a city known as the cycling capital of the world. With MEP leading the current proposals for eco new towns at both Sharpness and Shipton, where emphasis is placed firmly upon sustainable mobility, the MEP team gained inspiration from this […]
 The new Levelling Up and Regeneration Act – how will it affect the planning system?
The new Levelling Up and Regeneration Act – how will it affect the planning system?

31 October 2023

The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill (LURB) received royal assent on 26 October thereby becoming an Act (LURA). Whilst the new law is intended to change the planning system, most of its provisions rely on secondary legislation, and therefore more consultations and technical work.  As such these provisions are not yet in force. The following […]
 Permission granted for the re-use and refurbishment of historic building in South Gloucestershire
Permission granted for the re-use and refurbishment of historic building in South Gloucestershire

15 September 2023

Forming part of a wider rural estate, a Grade II Listed building, formally a C3 use, was repurposed as a cottage with subsequent extensions. In recent years the buildings fell into a state of disrepair. Therefore, to secure its historic significance for the future, a planning and listed building consent application was submitted and successfully […]