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E-bulletin January 2017

Date: 19/1/2017

The January e-bulletin is now available below.

Breaking News ...

... the HBF believes that planning policy should be rewritten to make it easier for small builders to develop homes on back gardens >> read more

Society Matters

  • President's Piece  - Anna Rose's latest blog was sent out separately on 18th January >> read it here
  • Members
    • Notes of the London Region meeting on 23rd September 2016 are now available on the website
    • Notes of, and presentations made at the Forum meeting on 25th November 2016 are also available on the website
    • A warm welcome to 29 new members this month: Jonathan Bradbury (Derbyshire Dales DC); Laura Ambler (Bath & NE Somerset Council); Rachael Adams, Amber Buckley, Catherine Blow, Charlotte Hopkins, Heather Carlisle, Ian Halsall, Isabel Patten, Jane Rodens, Janet Busby, Louise Moore, Nikita Hooper, Rhian Morris, Sarah Smith, Tom Buxton, Carol Bristow, Liz Smith Gibbons, Nicola Smith, Nicole Gillett, Orla Kerr, Sarah Christie, Angela Clack, Edward Snook, Martin Trewhella, Sam Howell, Sarah Screen, Amy Colbran, Anthony Whitaker, Philip Smith and Tara Hayek (Swindon BC).
  • In the News

Spatial Planning Latest

  • More than half of councillors with green belt in their areas believe their authority will allocate green belt land for development within the next five years, according to a survey commissioned by the National Trust >> read more

Development Management Latest

  • The government has published draft regulations which would introduce the Housing and Planning Act's 'permission in principle' >> read the explanatory note or the draft regs
  • The government is 'keen to engage' on measures in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill to restrict the use of pre-commencement conditions, Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth has told the House of Lords >> read more
  • Read about a day in the life of planning enforcement by the RTPI >> read it here

Brief Updates

  • The Land Forum's National Quality Mark Scheme for Land Contamination Management is now live whereby land contamination documents to be submitted by developers to LPAs can bear an individual Quality Mark to show that the work has been properly carried out and has followed the correct guidance >> read more
  • Planning magazine is undertaking it's annual round-up of the best planning lawyers and would like to hear from Society members with suggestions. If you have any then contact the editor Richard Garlick
  • The Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Compulsory Purchase) (Corresponding Amendments) Regulations 2017  make amendments to Acts of Parliament in relation to compulsory purchase >> read the regs
  • Natural England has published four new polices for European Protected Species Licensing, following public and stakeholder consultation last year >> read more
  • A pilot scheme, backed by the government, to stop infrastructure hold-ups delaying construction of new homes has been launched by the Housing & Finance Institute in the south east >> read more

Forthcoming Events

And Finally ...

... don't know why but ... Luton saw the largest percentage increase in house prices across the year, with the average house price climbing from £214,934 to £256,636;19.4 per cent higher than 2015. Read about this and the national statistics 
... and Cambridge has been identified with the best prospects for economic expansion outside of London >> read more


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