Breaking News ...
... we have learned that the new Housing White paper is to be released early in the new year.
As soon as we know more we'll let you know.
- President's Piece - Anna Rose's latest blog was sent out separately on 19th December >> read it here
- You can catch up on all the Presidents' blogs for 2016 here
- A warm welcome to 31 new members this month: John Cheston (Milton Keynes Council); Amanda Reid (LB Newham); Stephen Stray (Charnwood BC); Eric Nicol and Jessica Taylor (Bracknell Forest Council); Ed Norris (East Northamptonshire DC); Geoff Hugall, Melek Ergen, Sarah Scannell, Matthew Rees, Rupinder Dhoot, Kiri Shuttleworth, James Hansel, Sam Smith, Nesha Burnham, John Cooney, Leon Machisa, Baldeep Pulahi, Matt Robinson, Kit Law, Mark Knighting, George Clarke, Kieran McCallum and Emil Ancewicz (LB Hounslow); Hamish Walke, Daniel Power, Katie Ingram and Katie Palmer (Crawley BC); Helen Clement and Paul Copeland (Calderdale MBC); and Joanne Brombley (Basingstoke & Deane BC).
- The DM Network is seeking ideas on how we can improve the Network - send any suggestions to Stephen Hill
- Basement Developments and the Planning System: Call for Evidence >> read more- Proposed changes to Houses in Multiple Occupation and residential property licensing reforms >> read more
Spatial Planning Latest
- DCLG "Neighbourhood Planning Update" presentation by DCLG at the 2/12 Spatial Planning Network meeting
- East Hants "Gypsies and Travellers current issues for plan making" presentation at the 2/12 Spatial Planning Network meeting
- Notes of the Spatial Planning Network meeting on 20th May are now available
- PAS have published the learning outputs from a number of DCLG-funded local authority projects aimed at improving community engagement in planning >> read more
- A ministerial statement has increased protection for neighbourhood plans inasmuch as they are no longer deemed out-of-date unless there is a significant lack of land supply in the wider local authority area >> read more
Development Management Latest
- PAS published a collection of short, sharp and simple examples of how 5 well-performing councils are delivering their DM service >> read more
- DCLG has announced it is making a further £800,000 available to help mineral planning authorities faced with shale gas planning applications >> read more
- The government is to introduce a default period of 10 days after which an applicant's agreement would be deemed to be given to any pre-commencement conditions attached to a planning consent >> read more
- DCLG has launched a technical consultation on the transposition of the European Union Directive 2014/52/EU amending Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment (the 'EIA' Directive) >> read more
- Research carried out by The National Custom and Self Build Association has revealed that while 18,000 people have signed up on local authority custom and self-build registers a total of 18 councils haven't provided registers yet despite this being a statutory requirement >> read more
- A recent poll reveals that some 25 per cent of respondents said they would build on the green belt, regardless on tenure, with a further 39 per cent saying they would build on the green belt if the homes were genuinely affordable or socially rented homes >> read more
- New research finds that over 90 per cent of local authorities believe the government's housing targets will be impossible to meet due to a lack of planning resources >> read more
- The Communities Secretary has announced that the government would introduce a new national "baseline" for housing growth, below which New Homes Bonus payments would not be made to town halls. Javid said that baseline - set at 0.4 per cent - would help "ensure the money is used to reward additional housing, rather than normal growth".>> read more
- The 15th annual survey of the state of England's historic environment produced by Historic England on behalf of the Historic Environment Forum has been published >> read more
- The Planning Awards 2017, run by Planning and Placemaking Resource,are now open for entries. Once again POS is sponsoring the LPA Team of the Year Award >> find out more
And Finally ...
... oh no it's that time again for Christmas cracker jokes! 'Tis the season to be merry so don't groan just laugh. Season's greetings to all.
- Why did the turkey join the band? 'Cos he had the drumsticks.
- What's the best Christmas present in the world? A drum - you just can't beat it.
- Who delivers presents to baby sharks at Christmas? Santa Jaws.
- Who is Santa's favourite singer? Elf-is Presley.
- What do reindeer have on their Christmas trees? Horn-aments.
- Why are Christmas trees so bad at sewing? They always drop their needles.
- Did Rudolph go to school? No, he was elf-taught.
- Who hides in the bakery at Christmas? A mince spy.
- What do you call a cat in the desert? Sandy Claws.
- How many letters are there in the Christmas alphabet? 25 - there's 'no EL'.
- what's the most popular Christmas wine? "I don't like brussels sprouts!"
- What do you call a bunch of chess players bragging about their games in a hotel lobby? Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer!