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E-bulletin February 2016

Date: 26/2/2016

Breaking News ...

... the consultation on the Housing and Planning Bill has been issued. It features further details on  a range of issues including the government's permission in principle plans, proposals to intervene in local plan making and a new s106 dispute resolution mechanism >> read the consultation

Society Matters

Spatial Planning Latest

  • A report, Building Better Places, by the House of Lords Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment, says "the focus on quantity of housing must not work to the long-term detriment of planning for the whole of the built environment and the delivery of high quality development".>> read the report
  • New Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding: Draft Planning Practice Guidance has been issued. The guidance outlines how councils should meet their responsibilities under the act to have regard to each register that relates to their area in carrying out their planning functions >> read the guidance
  • PAS has published guidance on housing-led local development orders  intended to help councils by providing guidance on the potential of LDOs to encourage housing development to come forward on brownfield land.>> download the note

Development Management Latest

  • PAS have prepared a short note to help to ensure that any conditions that councillors suggest in committee  are fit for the job >> read the note
  • DCLG have proposals to pilot 'alternative providers' for processing planning applications; they have issued a briefing paper on testing the benefits of introducing competition to the processing of planning applications >> read the paper

Brief Updates

  • The BRE Trust and Worshipful Company of Constructors have published a city resilience diagnostic framework to enable cities to create holistic resilience strategies that are capable of taking into account the volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity of city systems >> download the full report 
  • An estate regeneration panel has been launched to help create vibrate communities and deliver more homes across some of the country's most deprived housing estates. The panel is co-chaired by Lord Heseltine and Brandon Lewis >> read more
  • Consultants WYG can provide training workshops for councils on EIAs >> read more

Forthcoming Events

And Finally ...

.... were you aware that Brandon Lewis has said "We will probably be in a position to do something with the framework [NPPF] in the summer"  and that the consultation on changes to the framework had generated over 1,100 responses! No surprise there then.


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