Engaging in sessions including concerns around the impact of the Habitats Directive in both Wealden (Ashdown Forest) and the Epping Forest area, Ben Norton said:
“Today was a really good event put on by the RTPI East of England, as usual. I was pleased to be able to join members of our team, as well as some of our commercial partners, Philip Ashenden from Ashenden Architecture and Toby Lambert from Elvico.
“The most important discussion was regarding the impact of the Habitats Directive, especially in and around Epping Forest. The complete refusal of the Local Planning Authority to issue planning decisions is causing very serious costs to developers, and undermining the planning system, as more and more decisions are taken as “resolutions to grant” subject to the agreement of a Recreational disturbance Avoidance Management Strategy.
“The session on changes to the CIL Regulations was also informative and well presented by Victoria Hutton from 39 Essex Chambers. Useful case law updates from Dr Ashley Bowes of Cornerstone Barristers will help to further inform our work as we act in the best interests of our clients and proper planning.”