What's new?

Spring/summer 2021

As part of RICS' response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the built environment, each isurv channel has moved to a rolling update cycle to ensure content is as up to date as possible. This page will be updated with new updates to reflect the changing situation as it develops.


Mediation for planning

This section has been updated throughout, and new pages have been added:

  • Assessing viability in planning under the NPPF 2019 for England: this page discusses the key points of the new RICS guidance note Assessing viability in planning [AVIP] under the National Planning Policy Framework 2019 for England
  • Government consultations 2020: this page discusses two consultations on proposed changes to the planning system in England: Changes to the current planning system, which sets out short-term measures to enable the prime minister’s ‘build, build, build’ mantra, and the Planning for the future white paper, which sets out longer term reforms requiring primary legislation.
  • Land at Warburton Lane, Trafford: appeal decision: this appeal provides more context for the approach to BLV and particularly the premium. Key points arising from this recent decision are discussed.


Making a planning application

Permitted development categorisations now discusses the December 2020 consultation on new permitted rights to support housing delivery and public service infrastructure, which proposed to introduce a new permitted development right for change of use from a commercial business and service use (Class E) to residential, subject to prior approval, in order to create new homes.

Limitations to permitted development rights now details the legislative changes that will be introduced regarding the removal of historic statues, plaques and other monuments.

Case law has been updated with two new cases:

  • Finney v Welsh Ministers [2019] EWCA Civ 1868: this case confirms that section 73 permissions cannot alter the description of development.
  • Hillside Parks Limited v Snowdonia National Park Authority [2020] EWCA Civ 1440. This case cited the need for public and future purchasers to be clear under which permission a property had been/was being developed, not least because permissions run with the land.