Pegasus Group have been reviewing the working practices of Local Planning Authorities across the UK since the start of lockdown to see how they have they have responded to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The research that Pegasus Group have been undertaking has revealed the eagerness of LPAs across the UK to embrace the crisis, setting a fast pace of change made possible by changes in legislation.
Over the last few weeks Pegasus Group have been monitoring the continuing progress of Virtual Planning Committees and LPAs working practices as well as progress on Plan Making across the UK. The success of virtual committees and the trial Inquiries that have taken place have provided confidence to the Planning Inspectorate that Planning Appeals and Local Plan Examinations can proceed through use of digital means.
This week sees the opening of the first Virtual Local Plan Examination, namely the South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2011- 2034 which commenced on the 14th July and is scheduled to last until the 7th August 2020. This will be an important Examination to observe to see how the appointed Inspector Jonathan Bore runs the Examination and how the involvement of the LPA and participants takes place which will hopefully provide a mode for future Local Plan Examinations to follow.
This LPAs Self Contingency Measures, Case Studies Report, prepared by Pegasus Group dated 14th June 2020 provides an overview of recent examples of LPAs good practice in both Development Management and Plan Making across England. This report can be viewed here.
For any further information please contact the regional contacts below:
- East Midlands – Guy Longley and Amy Smith
- East of England – Nicky Parsons and Anas Makda
- London – Jim Tarzey and Beth Lambourne
- North East of England – Sandra Manson and Charlotte Connor
- North West of England – Neil Culkin, Seb Tibenham and Kate Lowe
- South East of England – Andy Meader, Mykena Mortimer-Davis, Rahel Hillier, Sarah Hamilton-Foyn and Adam Jones
- South West of England – Sarah Hamilton-Foyn, Adam Jones and Jonathan Coombs
- Wales (North) – Neil Culkin and Kate Lowe
- Wales (South) – Jonathan Coombs
- West Midlands – Chris May and Michelle Simpson-Gallego
- Yorkshire and Humber – Nigel Cussen