Draft National Planning Policy Framework – government housing policy shifts from supply to delivery

The Government has published its long awaited draft revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for consultation, one year on from the publication of the Housing White Paper (HWP). Heralded as a “new planning rule book” to deliver a “fairer planning system”, the Prime Minister’s much anticipated speech was preceded by press releases pointing the finger for the housing crisis at both ‘nimby councils’ and ‘unscrupulous developers’. So what will change and will the revised NPPF deliver on the HWP promise to ‘fix our broken housing market’?

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The future of university estates – competition, local growth and regeneration, and future proofing

Article for the Westminster Higher Education Forum This article considers the future provision of student housing in London in the context of university estate development. Although my comments refer to provision in the capital, they may also apply to other cities with multiple HE institutions that face similar issues in meeting student housing need.  In … Read more

Recent Projects

Harper Planning Consultants continues its excellent track-record of securing planning permission for a wide range of redevelopment schemes in London and the south-east
of England.

We have worked successfully in collaboration with architects and other consultants on a number of projects, achieving high quality housing schemes, and negotiated associated section 106 agreements to secure tenure models that maximise capital values for our clients.

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Appeal success on innovative architectural design

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“Yet again Harper Planning Consultants have achieved appeal success for our grateful clients” [quote from testimonial]. Following refusal of permission by Elmbridge Council for an innovative architectural design by Mohsin Cooper Architects to re-build a family home in Cobham, we were instructed to submit an appeal on behalf of the owners. The scheme replaces a … Read more

Planning permission secured for 19 new homes in Essex

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Planning permission secured for 19 new homes in Essex After a series of frustrating deferrals by Thurrock planning committee, planning permission has been secured for 19 new homes in Branksome Avenue, Essex. Harper Planning Consultants advised E-Build Homes on the most appropriate planning strategy and closed negotiations with officers on s106 obligations. We secured a … Read more

Strategy success in Kent

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Harper Planning Consultants are pleased to confirm that planning permission has been issued by Canterbury City Council for 18 new residential dwellings in the countryside following completion of negotiations on the s106 agreement just days before legislative changes relating to pooled financial contributions came into force. We advised Polo Farm Sports Club on a successful … Read more

Ongoing appeal in Catford

Harper Planning Consultants have been instructed to submit an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate against the failure of Lewisham Council to determine an application for the redevelopment of a site in Catford. The scheme by Bolans Architects comprises a four-storey residential building adjacent to Ladywells Recreation Ground. Issues addressed in our appeal statement include scale … Read more

Positive feedback for development scheme

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Harper Planning Consultants have been working closely with MAA Architects to bring forward a scheme for residential redevelopment of Surbiton Health Centre, including the refurbishment of a Building of Townscape Merit and three new residential blocks, within the Oak Hill Conservation Area in Surbiton. We have managed the pre-application submission process and community engagement and … Read more

Public Inquiry into key regeneration site

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Harper Planning Consultants are currently awaiting an appeal decision and an associated decision relating to a full costs application which are due to be issued by the Planning Inspectorate in June. Robin Harper recently gave evidence at a 3-day public inquiry into proposals for mixed redevelopment on a key regeneration site in Feltham town centre. … Read more

Permission at appeal for award-winning development

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Harper Planning Consultants have secured permission at appeal for an award- winning development described by the New London Architecture Design Awards panel as “the best example of an individual new home across the capital.” The scheme at Junction Road, Islington was designed by autorarchitecture but refused permission by Islington Council last year. Harper Planning Consultants … Read more