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E-bulletin January 2018

Date: 26/1/2018

Breaking News ...

...the deadline for entries to the 2018 Planning Awards, run by Planning in conjunction with PlacemakingResource to reward excellence in planning, placemaking and economic development. has been extended to 9th February >> read more 
This really is a worthwhile way of "blowing your trumpet" - after all if you don't it's not likely anyone else will - and sharing excellence.
Once again, the Society is sponsoring the LPA Team of the Year who will receive the Society's Silver Trophy >> see details of last year's winners


Society Matters


Spatial Planning Latest

  • The government is consulting on 'strengthening' requirements for planning authorities to ensure 'environmental net gains' from development across their areas and will introduce measures to 'enhance' the green belt >> read more
  • Local Planning (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 have been published to make amendments to the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 >> read the regs >> read the explanatory notes
  • The Neighbourhood Planning (General) and Development Management Procedure (Amendment) Regulations 2017 make amendments to the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 ("the 2012 Regulations") and the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure)(England) Order 2015 >> read the regs

Development Management Latest

  • The Commons Select Committee is examining the effectiveness of current land value capture methods and the need for new ways of capturing any uplift in the value of land associated with the granting of planning permission or nearby infrastructure improvements and other factors. You can submit submissions to DCLG by March. >> find out more 
  • iStandUK have published a 'How To' guide to give advice on how to register the publication of a Brownfield Land Register >> find out more
  • The findings and summary of responses of the call for evidence on basement developments and the planning system has been published by DCLG >> read here
  • Regulations providing for a 20 per cent increase in planning application fees in England came into effect on January 17 >> read the regs
  • Measures to extend the new fast-track permission in principle process will be introduced on June 1 >> read the Order NB a Society briefing note on PiP will be made available shortly on our website

Brief Updates

  • The Prime Minister has appointed a new housing minister Dominic Raab >> read more, and renamed DCLG as MHCLG >> read more
  • In  addition, a new national housing agency, Homes England, has been launched >> read more
  • New figures published by Sport England have suggested that playing fields across the country are being protected when planning applications come forward for permission >> read more
  • The RTPI has published new practice advice on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Sustainability Appraisal (SA). It aims to help town planners to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of SEA/SA for land use plans. As the UK prepares to leave the EU, which is the source of much of our environmental legislation, it is more important than ever to ensure that we use the tools we have as effectively and efficiently as possible >> find out more

Forthcoming POS Events


And Finally ...

.... after nearly 14 years John Silvester is retiring at the end of March from the role of the Society's Communications Manager and the Board are looking to recruit a replacement(s). If you're interested a separate e-bulletin will be issued shortly or you can get more information from the Contract Services Manager Graham Jones

 

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