A key focus of the Society is to keep watch on the weekly planning applications
for the town of Maldon, especially its historic centre, and also its immediate surroundings including Langford and Heybridge.
As well as trying to ensure our many buildings of historic or public interest are protected, we seek to ensure that any new developments are appropriate to their visual context and the needs of the town.
Changes to the National Planning Policy Framework
The National Planning Policy Framework was revised on 20 July 2021 and sets out the government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied. A key element of the revised framework is that developers have a moral duty to work with communities and new design code and bring forward high-quality developments that deliver more and better homes. Councils will be expected to work with their communities to develop local design codes to ensure the delivery of ‘beautiful’ and ‘green’ homes.
The Future of the High Street
For some 8 years government policy has enabled offices to be made into homes without planning consent. The effects, in terms of the quality of the homes created, have been largely disastrous and widely condemned. The latest Government strategy is now stated as aiming to help the High Street to adapt and thrive for the future AND to help support the creation of more homes. This underlines the latest adopted policy that shops can be made into homes without planning permission. However, there is the danger that this could have the effect of accelerating rather than reversing the decline in high streets, as building owners may push out viable businesses for no other reason than that they can make more money by turning their premises into homes.
Changes to Planning Legislation
A change in the legislation relating to the procedure for the submission of planning applications takes effect from August 2021. The planned change will ensure that fire safety, where it relates to land use planning, is considered at the planning application stage for relevant high-rise buildings. Although it’s unlikely that the changes will impact upon any proposals within our locality, it does demonstrate the intermingling of planning requirements and building regulatory issues that has been undertaken by various governments over the past two or three decades and only further confuses the general perception of who-does-what and more importantly, who-is responsible-for-what when things go wrong.
The Maldon Society will continue to scrutinise the proposals for local developments and alert you to those that will most impact upon our environment or the vitality of the town.
What's happening in the High Street?
Find out about the latest changes to retail premises in the High Street and some of the initiatives to boost business.
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Maldon & District Conservation and Design Awards
The annual awards honour the best examples of conservation and design in the Maldon area.
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