39 Essex Chambers: Planning, Environment & Property

The “Resources and Seminars” section of the 39 Essex Chambers web site includes recent articles and news on planning, environment and property law by members of a set of chambers with expertise in this area.

Commons Commissioners

Commons Commissioners were appointed from 1971 under the Commons Registration Act 1965 to settle disputed entries in local authority registers of common land and town and village greens and to determine the ownership of unclaimed common land and greens. Decisions were issued from 1972 onwards. Most decisions of the Commons Commissioners are available to download from this section of the web site of the Association of Commons Registration Authorities (formerly the Commons and Greens Registration and Management Association). The Commons Commissioners were abolished on 1 December 2010.

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG – formerly the Department for Communities and Local Government) is a ministerial department with responsibilities which include regional and local government, planning, building regulations, housing, homelessness, social exclusion, and fire and rescue services. This section of the GOV.UK web site provides information on the department’s activities, policies, publications and announcements. Specific publications, such as guidance, consultation papers, circulars, statistics and research reports, may best be found by conducting a Publications search.

Planning Appeals Commission

The Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) is an independent appellate body which deals with a range of land use planning issues and related matters in Northern Ireland. The site includes information, forms and guidance for appellants. There is a quick link to appeal decisions of the last few months, and within Publications a “Digest” section covering recent appeals, inquiries and hearings. The site also provides information on Northern Ireland’s Water Appeals Commission.

Planning Court

The Planning Court was established on 7 April 2014 to fast-track significant planning and environmental cases in England and Wales. It forms part of the Administrative Court, a specialist court within the High Court Queen’s Bench Division. Content on this page of the GOV.UK portal site includes forms and procedure rules.

Planning Inspectorate

The Planning Inspectorate’s responsibilities in England and Wales include the processing of planning and enforcement appeals, holding inquiries into local development plans, listed building consent appeals, advertisement appeals, and reporting on planning applications. This section of the GOV.UK web site provides information, guidance, and downloadable documents and forms relating to the Inspectorate’s work.

Planning Portal

The Planning Portal is a joint venture between Government and TerraQuest Ltd, which provides an online planning and building regulations service for England and Wales. The site’s Planning section includes policy documents, guidance and links to legislation, and information on such topics as planning permission and building control. There is information on the Building Regulations, the related Approved Documents and other legislation, with links to content on GOV.UK, and guidance on determinations and appeals.

Planning Portal [Northern Ireland]

Northern Ireland’s Planning Portal site provides information on the province’s planning system, which since 8 May 2016 is shared between local councils and the Department for Infrastructure (DfI). It includes guidance, consultations, forms, news and statistics. In the Legislation section there are lists of both primary and secondary legislation, with links to texts, and downloadable legislative directions.

Scottish Government: Building, Planning and Design

This area of the Scottish Government site covers several related topics including building regulations and standards, planning, environmental assessment, planning and environmental assessment appeals, and regeneration. Content includes advice and guidance, technical handbooks, policy documents, circulars, Planning Advice Notes (PANs), and extensive links to legislation.