Regardless of your views about last week's vote, it is fair to say that the result has made everything seem more complicated and less certain than it did before. 

The immediate implications of the vote are  limited. Planning law has always been devolved to member states and is largely shaped by domestic legislation, which is unlikely to change dramatically.  Although environmental law has been largely EU driven, there will be no changes to the current regime for some time i.e. until after Article 50 has been triggered and the negotiations on our exit have run their course. 

The most likely outcome, at least in the short term, is a slow down in the extent of government-led reforms to the planning system. Whilst the Prime Minister announced in his resignation speech that the legislative programme set out in the Queen's Speech would be delivered, it is unlikely to be given the same level of priority now that Parliament has more important calls on its time.

In the longer term, a great deal will depend on the path that our negotiations with the EU take. Levels of immigration will impact on population growth, and on local authorities' ability to plan for future needs in their area. Whether or not we decide to reshape the rules relating to protected habitats, or cost protection for judicial reviews, will be decided at some time in the future. 

The only real certainties for the moment lie in what has not changed. The UK still has a housing crisis and the planning system will have a key role to play in resolving it - regardless of how things play out following the referendum.