Ruin our thoughts of golf, cricket or mountain biking over the Spring/Summer!

Avoid the potential of 20% increased planning application fees in July by submitting your planning application by June.

Government recently announced that they  will increase nationally set planning fees. Local authorities will be able to increase fees by 20% from July 2017 if they commit to invest the additional fee income in their planning department.

They are also minded to allow an increase of a further 20% for those authorities who are delivering the homes their communities need.

While you keep more money in your pocket, we will keep our green fees in ours while we slave over a hot desk to get your planning application in before the significant rise in fees! Depending on the scale of the project, we will need to be instructed over the next 6 weeks, so don’t delay and contact us today.

 

 

Well I had an awesome summer of cricket!

Whilst not a member of Somerset Cricket Club this year, I did enjoy a few excursions to the County Ground and Exmouth Cricket Club this summer. I appreciate that I am a relative newcomer to this game and some would believe that it is sacrilege that I prefer the shorter forms of the game, but at least I know what a 4 and 6 are, unlike the High Court judge who asked what they were yesterday!

East Meon Forge and Cricket Ground Protection Association is challenging East Hampshire District Council’s decision to grant planning permission for an extension with a residential first floor over the single-storey former blacksmith’s workshop.

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East Meon Forge and Cricket Ground Protection Association is challenging a decision to grant planning permission for an extension with a residential first floor over the single-storey former blacksmith’s workshop

Robert Fookes, appearing for the association, said that one of the grounds of objection to the development was that the forge was very close to the square on which cricket is played. He told Mrs Justice Beverley Lang ‘sixes and fours are frequently hit by batsmen on to forge land, including the roof of the building itself’.

However, the baffled 59-year-old judge, sitting at London’s High Court, said:

‘I don’t play cricket – what does that mean?’

Well, it’s like this…..