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E-bulletin July 2016

Date: 27/7/2016

Breaking News ...

... Gavin Barwell, MP for Croydon Central, is the new Minister for Housing and Planning >> read all about him here and see our news release
You can also read all about the new Communities Secretary of State Sajid Javid MP and his team at DCLG here
As part of a suite of sweeping governmental changes brought in by Theresa May the Department of Energy and Climate (DECC) has been closed. However, Greg Clark fhas been appointed as the new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; his brief includes "delivering affordable, clean energy and tackling climate change"

Society Matters

Spatial Planning Latest

  • PAS has commissioned some research into how councils are dealing with planning for self and custom build housing >> read more
  • Further guidance has been published for the governments Locally-Led Garden Villages, Towns and Cities scheme >> read more

Development Management Latest

  • The Local Government Ombudsman has called for green belt policies to be applied correctly and consistently by planning authorities >> read more
  • PAS has issued key principles guides on good management, including the latest one about maintaining performance >> read more

Brief Updates

  • The LGA says councils need powers to reject betting shop applications >> read more
  • Historic England have published their annual report for 2015/16 >> read more
  • The National Audit Office has queried public sector land disposal progress >> read more
  • RICS reports that the supply of houses and buyer demand in the UK housing market fell at the sharpest rate recorded following the Brexit vote >> read more
  • A new report by the Government's Committee on Climate Change details the evidence of the most urgent risks facing the UK, and suggests priorities for the next five years >>read more
  • A session is planned on 28th September on EU Infrastructure Funding Post Brexit; aimed at overcoming the challenge of possible funding reduction for LAs >> read more
  • The RTPI President has issued a statement following Britain's decision to exit from the EU >> read more
  • Local government will be given a seat at the table for negotiating Britain's exit from the EU, the Government has confirmed.>> read more
  • Lawyers and ecologists say that EU directives and European-derived regulations that relate to wildlife protection and air quality limits are likely to remain in place despite the referendum outcome >> read more
  • Nature After Minerals - the RSPB-led minerals restoration partnership programme, with support from Natural England, the Minerals Products Association and the British Aggregates Association -  has launched a new website

Forthcoming Events

And Finally ...

... in need of relaxation? Why not make yourself a cuppa and tune in to Planning TV, bought to you by Dentons and WePlanLondon >> watch the latest episode on viability and planning


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