The government released the draft revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework on Monday. The last time there were proposed changes to the NPPF was back in 2015. There are some really exciting changes which should benefit smaller landowners and … Continued

Plainview Planning has launched, a minisite focussed on helping homeowners and business owners take advantage of the complex world of prior approval. The site seeks to demystify permitted development and the prior approval process and an overview is outlined … Continued


We are delighted with a recent enforcement appeal win for a number of external changes to a family dwelling in Harrow, London. The Enforcement Notice (EN) presented several alleged breaches of planning control; including the raising of garden levels, the … Continued


Plainview Planning have this week secured a Certificate of Lawfulness for a high-end audio company in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, enabling them to avoid enforcement action. The challenge: Our client ran a successful online audio business.  Whilst a central warehouse dealt with … Continued


The team at Plainview Planning have secured permission for the change of use of a B1 office space to C3 residential, enabling the provision of residential accommodation in a listed setting and in a desired central location in Cheltenham. The challenge: … Continued


Plainview Planning have recently secured planning permission for material changes to be made to the exterior of a home which is sited within the conservation area of the London Borough of Richmond. The challenge: The applicant needed to extend into … Continued

GPDO barn

The Plainview Planning Team have this week secured permission for a barn conversion under Class Q of the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO), through the Prior Approval process. The challenge: This was a complex and challenging case as the barn … Continued


Plainview Planning are delighted with a recent approval for a change of use application enabling the regeneration of an empty office (Class B1) to become a Yoga studio (Class D2), in the London Borough of Greenwich. The scheme: We had a … Continued


In one of its last actions before the General Election, the DCLG announced a number of changes to the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) and Use Class Order. These changes consolidate many of the previous amendments, but also introduce a … Continued


As of the 5th March 2015 changes have been made to the National Planning Policy Guidance (NPPG) in relation to barn conversions. We welcome this much needed clarification on the agricultural-to-residential rights brought in April 2014. During this time, over 50% … Continued