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Big Tree is 5!


We would like to say a quick thank you to each and every one of our clients for their business and support over the last 5 years. We started-out in October 2008 at the very depth of the economic crisis and yet, thanks to our wonderful clients, continue to grow from strength-to-strength 5 years on. Here’s to another 5 years of business and growth for us and our clients. Cheers!

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New home extension rules to boost the economy…really?

The coalition’s announcement that rules on residential extensions are to be relaxed to ‘boost the economy’ and ‘revitalise the housing industry’ have been met with widespread concern and incredulity. Ministers have said that homeowners will soon be able to extend their properties by up to 8 metres (for detached dwellings) without the need for planning permission, doubling the current allowance. How on earth will allowing homeowners to extend their houses by a whopping 8m have any impact on the housing industry? If the Government thought about this for any length of time they may realise that by allowing such massive additions without any form of planning control, homeowners will be able to massively increase the size of their property for a fraction of the cost of [...]

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Big Tree Uprooted!

Big Tree Planning has moved its Newcastle office to a historic Listed building within the heart of the City Centre. Here at Big Tree we feel that our new NE1 address will help us to continue to grow our name and presence within the North East and nationwide. This is our second major office move within 6 months, with our Leicester office having relocated in January of this year. Our focus remains on our clients and providing the right advice at the right cost, and with two shiny new offices in prime locations, things are only going to get better! Our new office details for both offices can be found on our ‘Contact Us’ page, with our new Newcastle office details also listed below:   Churchill House [...]

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2011 Budget – Commercial to Residential Conversions

George Osborne’s Budget speech included mention of the Government’s intentions to consult on a change in the Use Class Order to allow changes of use from business, general industrial and storage sites and buildings to residential developments. The apparent thinking behind this move is to support the urgent need to increase housing supply.  Whilst some empty office premises in town and city centres may be suitable for such a change and may even result in desirable living space, other uses and their associated operations could have serious impact upon residential amenity, particularly in terms of smells and noise generated; not many people would wish to live next-door to a heavy industrial use or chemical plant. To prevent conflicts between businesses and residents most industrial and [...]

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Budget Planning

In his Budget speech George Osborne affirmed the Government’s objective of significant reform to simplify and streamline the planning system alongside new financial incentives and mechanisms to support private enterprise. The Chancellor stated that the planning system is a ‘chronic obstacle to growth’ and used a raft of pro-development language not heard from his office since the mid-80′s. Whilst the announcements made in the Budget can only be seen as positive for businesses and developers, it seems a rather unashamed swing away from the principles of the Localism Agenda, which seek to hand more power to local communities. Under the provisions of the Budget and its accompanying growth strategy document, firms will be able to develop neighbourhood plans, theoretically meaning that businesses should be able to develop and implement [...]

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