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E-bulletin December 2017

Date: 21/12/2017

Breaking News ...

...DCLG has asked POS to remind its members that the statutory deadline to publish brownfield land registers is fast-approaching. East Staffordshire, Halton, Mansfield, and East Devon councils have already published their registers, and you should  ensure that you have published yours before 31 December >> read the DCLG statement


Society Matters


Spatial Planning Latest

  • Regulations to give the secretary of state power to direct neighbouring councils to create a joint development plan and to allow county councils to create a strategic plan in areas where "districts are failing to cooperate effectively" have been laid before Parliament >> read the explanatory notes to the regs
  • Having an up to date Local Development Scheme and delivering against it are some of the key criteria that authorities at risk of government intervention have been judged against. You should review this matter urgently >> read the regs
  • The Mayor of London has established the Night Time Commission to give him independent advice on London at night >> read more 

Development Management Latest


Brief Updates

  • Council planning departments have on average lost 15 per cent of their staff between 2006 and 2016, according to a survey of local authorities in England >> read the survey findings
  • Heritage Counts 2017 is the 16th annual survey of the state of England's historic environment. It is produced by Historic England >> read it here
  • The RTPI has launched two new free online learning tools for members. The first, What is a smart city? explains how the internet of things and smart cities have the potential to help planners work smarter - more efficiently and adding value to the decision making process. The second module Digital Economy and Town Planning helps planners understand more about the location choices of the sector, and what they can practically do to encourage growth in their local area. 
  • The RTPI is working with PEBA (Planning and Environmental Bar Association) to publish new practice advice for its members on how to be an expert witness. It will cover the procedures, how to prepare and how to present yourself on the day. Please complete the short, 5 minute online survey asap.
  • A 'scorecard' enabling planners to assess the sustainability of proposed developments has been launched by the Sustainable Development Commission and Iceni Projects >> reach the scorecard
  • Find out more what a flood resilient built environment should be like from BRE >> read more

Forthcoming POS Events


And Finally ...

.... oh yes it's time for some cracking jokes straight from the Christmas cracker factory:

  • What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire? ... Frostbite!
  • Who hides in a bakery at Christmas?  ... a mince spy!
  • Why is a broken drum the best Christmas present? ... because you can't beat it!
  • What do you get if you cross a bell with a skunk? ...jingle smells!
  • Why did the snowman sort through the carrots? ... he was picking his nose!

Peace on earth and goodwill to all men from the Planning Officers Society.

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