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Successful business relocation for local business TFN Landscapes

14th Sep 2017

Noake Farm in Hucclecote Gloucester is now well and truly open for business following a lengthy planning process.

Diversity of Planning Work

13th Sep 2017

The Fisher German Planning team continue to have an excellent success rate in gaining consent for new developments.

More frequent floods in the future

24th Aug 2017

As most recently highlighted in the RICS Land Journal, flood events are predicted to become more frequent in the UK.

New Homes set for Derbyshire following land sale

17th Aug 2017

Fisher German and strategic land promoter Richborough Estates have completed the sale of a 34 acre residential development site to Bloor Homes.

New homes set to be built in Potton

4th Apr 2017

Up to 90 new homes are set to be built in Potton following a deal overseen by a leading development agency.

Fixing our broken housing market

4th Apr 2017

At least 250,000 new homes are needed each year to keep pace with the ever-increasing demand in the UK according to the government

Land sale paves way for new homes

17th Jan 2017

Strategic land promoter Richborough Estates and development agency Fisher German have completed the sale of a 22 acre development site in Leicestershire.

Two major development sites sold in Derbyshire

6th Sep 2016

The hunger for new homes is still alive in Derbyshire as two major development sites are sold in the county.

The Queen's Speech

23rd May 2016

In the Queen’s Speech, at the State opening of Parliament, last week the Government announced a new Neighbourhood, Planning and Infrastructure Bill.

Housing and Planning Bill receives Royal Assent

16th May 2016

The Planning Bill received Royal Assent on 12 May 2016.

More options for clients with small development sites

11th May 2016

Today the Court of Appeal has upheld the Government proposal to exempt small development sites from affordable housing contributions.

Permitted Development Rights – latest changes

15th Mar 2016

The Government has published an update to legislation that allows changes to be made to buildings and use of land without the need to apply for planning permission.

Fisher German team named East Midlands Planning Consultancy of the Year

26th Feb 2016

Fisher German was last night named the East Midlands Planning Consultancy of the Year by the East Midlands Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) at its 2015 Regional Awards.

Rural Planning Review

24th Feb 2016

Government opens a further consultation period open on the rural planning system process.

Another potential U-turn of housing policy

29th Sep 2015

The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has just been granted leave to appeal against the recent quashing of new guidance on affordable housing thresholds.

Brace of land deals for Fisher German

23rd Sep 2015

Fisher German has secured a brace of land deals in recent weeks after agreeing terms on two North West Leicestershire sites with house builder Bellway.

Conservation Area improved by design

23rd Sep 2015

The design of the development was a key issue to the success of this application.

Wind Turbine success

23rd Sep 2015

In the face of an increasingly challenging climate, Fisher German’s planning team has secured consent for a 74m 500kw wind turbine on a site near Enderby in Leicestershire.

Government announces creation of expert panel to speed up the local Plan making process

16th Sep 2015

On the 15 September, Planning Minister Brandon Lewis announced that a ‘new group of experts’, comprising eight planning and planning related professionals, has been tasked with simplifying the process and dramatically reducing the amount of time it t

Green Belt protection and intentional unauthorised development

4th Sep 2015

The Government has issued a strong new planning policy statement on intentional unauthorised development in the Green Belt due to increasing concern about harm arising as well as the cost and time in pursuing enforcement action.

Government announces 'Rural Productivity Plan'

21st Aug 2015

The Government has this week announced its plan to boost rural productivity to help the countryside thrive.

Government's Planning Obligations and Affordable Housing Policy Quashed

5th Aug 2015

The Planning court has issued a key judgment, quashing the Governments policy on affordable housing requirements and planning obligations for small scale housing sites.

Local Plan adoption deadlines confirmed

27th Jul 2015

Local Planning Authorities (LPA’s) have been provided with a deadline to get their Local Plans in place.

Government’s Devolution Bill inquiry launched

27th Jul 2015

The Communities and Local Government Committee are to examine a variety of devolution issues, looking at the lessons which can be learned from City Deals.

Summer Budget 2015 - fixing the foundations

22nd Jul 2015

Our planning team highlight some of the key proposals outlined this month.

Future planning legislation may benefit telecoms infrastructure

15th Jul 2015

The Government has opened a consultation relating to telecommunications development.

Resolution to grant outline planning permission for 275 houses in Ashby

3rd Mar 2015

Fisher German are pleased to announce that North West Leicestershire District Council has resolved to grant outline planning permission for 275 dwellings at Ashby de la Zouch.

Pioneering planning success following introduction of new permitted development rights

11th Feb 2015

The planning team are celebrating after securing approval on appeal to convert redundant farm buildings to residential use, using the new permitted development rights.

RTPI Seminar at Renishaw Hall

9th Sep 2014

Fisher German are sponsoring a free RTPI seminar at Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire on 25 September.

Conversion of agricultural buildings to housi

21st Mar 2014

New changes to the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) allowing the change of use of agricultural buildings and land to residential comes into force on 6 April 2014.

Planning success at appeal for Lloyds Pharmac

23rd Jul 2013

The Fisher German planning team have again proved their deserved reputation for success in winning appeals where a planning application had been refused.

To protect and conserve

5th Jul 2013

The heritage team’s ever-expanding work is helping to safeguard England’s irreplaceable architectural legacy.

Reuse of Empty Buildings and Boosting Growth

21st May 2013

The planning changes which come into force on 30 May provide a significant opportunity for farmers and Fisher German clients.

Well loved Ashby landmark gets new lease of l

3rd Apr 2013

A well-loved Ashby landmark is set to be reborn after an 18-month fight for life.

Changes to Permitted Development Rights for A

7th Feb 2013

The Department for Communities and Local Government have issued a statement outlining changes to permitted development rights that are set to come into force in Spring 2013.

Rise in planning fees - 22 November 2012

19th Nov 2012

DCLG Chief Planner, Steve Quartermain, has this week announced that the proposed rise in planning application fees which was consulted on in July will come into force on 22 November 2012.

Consultation on Revised Permitted Development

16th Nov 2012

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have released a consultation on proposals to increase permitted development. (PD) rights

The future of wind turbines

12th Nov 2012

Many opportunities remain for wind turbine and other renewable energy projects.

Are you sitting on a housing site?

12th Nov 2012

If you have land on the edge of a town or village then you could be sitting on a potential housing site.

Increased likelihood of grant aid on Grade II

1st Nov 2012

News update from November 2011, regarding English Heritage's announcement to collect information on Grade II listed buildings. Find out more.

Planning and construction article

1st Nov 2012

English Heritage's recent announcement that they intend to collection information on Grade II Listed buildings may increase the chances of grant aid for these buildings.

Fisher German document condition of East Midl

26th Oct 2012

Building surveyors at Fisher German LLP have commenced work documenting the condition of all state schools in the East Midlands on behalf of the Education Funding Agency (EFA).

Planning update - extension of time applicati

5th Oct 2012

The window of opportunity to apply for a time extension on renewal planning permissions has now been extended to include more recent applications.

New housing and planning package aims to boos

6th Sep 2012

The Government has today announced a major incentive for growth in the construction and development sector.

Increased demand prompts planning team to exp

21st Aug 2012

A strong demand for planning services has prompted a midlands based firm of chartered surveyors to expand its planning team to eight professional planners.

Consultation on Change of Use

10th Aug 2012

The Government has published ‘New opportunities for sustainable development and growth through the reuse of existing buildings’ this is a consultation under which the Government is looking at reforms to the planning system to support sustainable growt

Proposed 15% rise in Planning Fees

6th Aug 2012

Planning application fees have not risen since 2008 but new draft regulations propose an increase of 15% in line with inflation.

Business owners: be wary when leasing premise

3rd Aug 2012

Business owners renting premises such as shops, offices and industrial units are urged to check lease terms properly as many are unaware of hidden obligations that could have significant financial implications further down the line

Cheshire firm appoints key personnel in build

26th Jul 2012

A boom in demand for building surveying services in the North West of England has prompted Fisher German to expand their team with the addition of experienced surveyor Alex Broad

Building Consultancy expands in North East Mi

13th Jun 2012

Fisher German LLP, a national firm of Chartered Surveyors, is expanding the services they offer in the North East Midlands.

Planning for homes granted at appeal

6th Jun 2012

Planning permission has been granted at appeal for the development of 3 residential dwellings in Borrowash, Derbyshire. It follows initial concerns from The Local Authority.

Revolutionary ‘Lily Pad’ eco home gets go

3rd May 2012

A revolutionary ‘energy neutral’ eco house which will produce its own electricity and sell the excess it creates back into the grid has been granted planning permission.

Key appointments made in Cheshire

3rd May 2012

Fisher German have made key appointments in their Cheshire offices, bolstering their residential agency and building surveying services.

National Planning Policy Framework Update

28th Mar 2012

The final version of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published yesterday (27 March 2012). The Fisher German planning team has reviewed the document and pulled out relevant areas of interest for our rural clients.

Planning gained for Alkerton Oaks expansion

1st Mar 2012

Planning permission has been granted to expand the Alkerton Oaks Business Park at the prestigious Upton Estate, near Banbury, Oxfordshire.

Government to consult on farming change of us

1st Mar 2012

The Government has confirmed plans to consult on proposals which will allow greater flexibility for changes of use of existing agricultural buildings for other business purposes, for example offices, leisure and retail space.

Planning permission gained for Zorbing

27th Feb 2012

Fisher German have gained planning permission for Europe’s longest Zorbing site based in Westwood, Nottingham.

Wind turbine planning success

17th Feb 2012

The planning team at Fisher German's Ashby office has achieved planning permission for a Medium Scale Wind Turbine (50 metres to hub, 67 metres to tip) on behalf of Temporis Wind Ltd.

Localism Act receives Royal Assent

23rd Nov 2011

The Localism Act received Royal Assent by Her Majesty the Queen on Wednesday 16th November, paving the way for a transformation of the planning system throughout the UK.

Top 5 planning myths

29th Sep 2011

In a campaign launched this week the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is aiming to dispel myths that have grown up around planning, and emphasise the true value of proper planning.

Further phase planning gained for University

26th Sep 2011

Fisher German has received planning permission for a further phase of the University’s masterplan comprising the overcladding of two, five storey academic buildings.

Archaeological dig at the University of Bedfo

23rd Sep 2011

As part of their planning application for the University of Bedfordshire, Fisher German instructed Headland Archaeology to carry out an archaeological excavation before the University redevelops this area of the campus.

Permitted Development Rights Changes

15th Sep 2011

The Department for Communities and Local Government Minister, Andrew Stunell, has now confirmed that the DCLG has laid before Parliament Statutory Instruments to amend the Order.

Solar panels shine through planning constrain

9th Sep 2011

Fisher German's planning team has achieved planning permission and Listed Building Consent for 260 photovoltaic (PV) panels, on behalf of a farmer in Linby, Nottinghamshire.

Community Infrastructure Levy

8th Sep 2011

Newark and Sherwood District Council in Nottinghamshire is set to become the first planning authority in England to introduce a charge on development to help pay for vital community facilities.

Development potential unlocked on River Mease

16th Aug 2011

Following two years of objections preventing development within the River Mease Catchment, a Water Quality Management Plan has been agreed, opening the gates for smaller developments.

Simplification of Planning Guidance to encour

2nd Aug 2011

The National Planning Policy Framework is considered to be central to the economic, environmental and social success of the country and will be the core principle underpinning planning.

Planning success for £20million University p

7th Jul 2011

The planning team at Fisher German's Ashby office has achieved planning permission for a 4,000m², five storey academic building on behalf of the University of Bedfordshire.

Planning team sees expansion

27th May 2011

Fisher German’s planning team continues to go from strength to strength. Six years ago the department consisted of just one planner but has now grown to incorporate seven professional planners with a dedicated support team.

Don’t delay for compensation on Thornton by

5th Apr 2011

Whilst bringing relief to many road users, the Thornton bypass is likely to affect significant numbers of farmers and landowners with property on the planned route, impacting on land and property values.

New homes bonus launched

9th Mar 2011

In a Statement of 17 February Housing Minister Grant Shapps announced the final design of the New Homes Bonus (NHB) and published a revised Bonus calculator.

Localism bill - local choice and control

17th Jan 2011

The Bill provides local authorities and communities with 'greater choice and control' by removing the ability of the Planning Inspectorate to re-write local plans.

Anaerobic digestion - planning to succeed

25th Nov 2010

Current planning policies and the Government Feed in Tariffs (FiTs) initiative are enabling many farmers and landowners to slash their energy bills and bring in additional income through renewable energy.

Alkerton Oaks Business Park - open for busine

7th Sep 2010

Alkerton Oaks Business Park is an exciting new commercial development situated within the prestigious Upton Estate and offers high specification business accommodation.

Planning permission granted

1st May 2010

A number of successful planning projects have recently been completed by Fisher German's planning team.

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