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Adams Hendry Top 5 2018


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1. People Over Wind

The People Over Wind and Sweetman v Coillte Teoranta (Case C-323/17) hit the headlines in April 2018.  In the CJEU’s ruling it identified that Article 6(3) of the Habitats Directive is to be interpreted as meaning that it is not appropriate to take account of measures to avoid or reduce harmful effects on a European site at the screening stage of HRA.


1. South Coast Young Planners Network

Our Assistant Planner, Laura Archer, has recently been elected as Chair of the South Coast Young Planners Network (SCYPN).

“2019 is set to be an exciting year for SCYPN with lots of new CPD and social events planned. This year has included CPD events on Environmental Impact Assessments, presentated and sponsored by Adams Hendry, an L-APC event at Brighton University, a Transport Planning presentation in Horsham and a Summer and Christmas Social.” 

You can find out more here: https://www.rtpi.org.uk/the-rtpi-near-you/rtpi-south-east/young-planners-in-the-south-east/south-coast-young-planners-network/


2. #NPPF2 

In July we saw the launch of the Revised NPPF. Also included the Housing delivery test measurement rule book.


2. Women in Planning Solent Branch

Our Principal Planner, Joanne McLeod, has helped launch the Solent Women in Planning branch.

“So far our events have included a presentation about house building in India and a workshop on the Future of Regional Airports. More events to follow in 2019” 

You can find out more here: www.womeninplanning.org/solent


3. Climate Change Act  

The end of November marked ten years of the Climate Change Act. Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change, Chris Stark, said: ‘The Climate Change Act is a celebration of what can be achieved by a confident, optimistic Parliament, demonstrating global leadership on the defining issue of our times’.


3. Adams Hendry presenting within the planning world and wider arena

Over the course of 2018, Adams Hendry have been involved with a number of events which included presenting at a South Coast Young Planners CPD event on Environmental Impact Assessments and exhibiting at the CIWM Resourcing the Future Conference 2018.

Our Principal Planner, Rob Sellen, talks about attending the CIWM Resourcing the Future Conference:

“It was great to have the opportunity to exhibit at the Resourcing the Future Conference to reconnect with contacts and keep up to date on the latest movement on waste management resource.” 


4. The Planning Act

Also marking ten years in November was the Planning Act. Time to take stock!

  • Applications made: 107, including six that were made twice. The hundredth, if you include the double attempts, was the North Wales Connection. If you don’t include them, applications have been made for 101 projects and the 100th was the Cleve Hill solar park last week.
  • Development Consent Orders (DCOs) granted: 68
  • Live applications: 24 (the most for over three years)
  • Applications not accepted for examination or withdrawn during acceptance: 7
  • Applications withdrawn after acceptance: 4

Applications not granted development consent: 4


4. Summer and Christmas Staff Socials

Adams Hendry as a company encourage staff socials throughout the year.

Our main social events included a Summer staff picnic, quiz and games day and a Christmas party to Newbury Races with a sing song on the bus back.


5. Raynsford Review 

And lastly, ‘Planning 2020’, the final report of the review of the English planning system, commissioned by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) and led by former Housing and Planning Minister Nick Raynsford was published.

The review highlighted the ‘striking loss of public trust in planning’ and the need to deliver a more effective and people focused planning system as the community role in planning increases.


5. Charity of the Year 

The board have decided that from 2019, Adams Hendry will support a different charity each year.

From the 1stJanuary 2019, any company fundraising will be for Trinity Winchester who offer practical and emotional support to those who are experiencing the effects of homelessness or vulnerability. Staff from Adams Hendry will also be taking part in the annual Big Sleep out in May 2019. Watch out for ways you can support us throughout the year.

You can find out more about Trinity and what they do here:




Suzanne Pidgeon 01962 877414 | s.pidgeon@adamshendry.co.uk