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E-bulletin August 2017

Date: 23/8/2017

Breaking News ...

...local authorities will have to bring forward plans to improve air quality within eight months and produce final plans by the end of 2018, according to the government's air quality plan >> read more

Society Matters

Spatial Planning Latest

  • DCLG are preparing guidance on Housing for Older and Disabled People and are seeking comments on their initial thoughts by 4th September >> read more
  • Sport England is undertaking a programme of work to update its core sport and recreation planning policy and guidance and are seeking comments by 12th September >> read more

Development Management Latest

  • The updated planning practice guidance does not specify details or examples of the information applicants will be expected to provide at the technical details consent (TDC) stage of the new planning permission in principle (PPIP) route to approval of housing-led development proposals >> read more
  • The government is to review the planning system to look at whether it could be simplified to allow the development of local energy storage facilities, according to a plan to transform how homes and businesses store and use energy >> read more

Brief Updates

  • The LGA has launched the Housing Advisers Programme, a new locally-led programme to help councils meet the housing need of their local area. The programme funds an expert to support a local authority project to deliver homes, reduce homelessness, or generate savings or revenues >> read more
  • In a letter letter from the DCLG's Chief Planning Officer he reminds local planning authorities of the important role the planning system plays in ensuring appropriate measures are in place in relation to counter-terrorist and crime prevention security >> read more
  • The RTPI has developed a new online training module that explains how good quality housing and well-planned, enabling local environments can have a substantial impact on the quality of life of someone living with dementia >> read more on their modules
  • New analysis from the LGA has revealed that most local areas have more homes built before 1930 than from any other period of time. It warned that the average new home in England will have to last 2,000 years if the 'sluggish' rate of house building and replacement continues >> read more
  • The world will be celebrating World Town Planning Day on 8 November 2017; what are you doing about it? >> read more
  • Strathclyde University are conducting research on controversial applications and the way public representations are being made; has your authority received a high level of representations - over one thousand? >> find out more and contribute 

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And Finally ...

....Transport Minister John Hayes has hit out at 'callous architects, crass planners and careless politicians' and said he is looking the processes by which design judgments and decisions are made 'as well as the principles which inform those decisions' >> read more


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