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E-bulletin June 2017

Date: 23/6/2017

Breaking News ...

... In Wednesday's Queen's Speech, the Queen said that the government would bring forward measures to "help ensure more homes are built".
A briefing note published alongside the speech said that in order "to fix the dysfunctional housing market, we need to build more of the right homes, in the right places, and ensure the housing market works for all parts of our community".
>> read the briefing note 

Society Matters


Spatial Planning Latest

  • An Oxfordshire neighbourhood plan is facing the threat of judicial review over its allocation of a quarry for possible future employment uses >> read more
  • Plans for 2,750 new homes on a 250-hectare site in West Sussex have been given the go-ahead as it would be in accordance with the adopted development plan >> read the officer's report
  • Smaller-scale developments in Watford may be exempted from on-site affordable housing requirements, according to draft guidance published by the borough council >> read the SPD

Development Management Latest

  • The Planning Portal has published guidance aimed at self-builders understanding CIL >> read more
  • An inspector has dismissed plans to replace a triple garage block in Surrey with a one-bed 'eco-dwelling', strongly criticising the scheme's bland design and lack of private garden area >> read the report

Brief Updates

  • The LGA is developing a publication in conjunction with the British Property Federation, Federation of Master Builders, Home Builders Federation and the Planning Advisory Service to showcase effective partnership approaches to positive planning. They are looking for case studies that illustrate how councils and developers working together in partnership can bring forward high quality development that supports economic growth and builds support and acceptance from communities >> read more
  • In the general election Gavin Barwell lost his seat and his job as Housing & Planning Minister; however, he is being retained at no.10 as the PM's new Chief of Staff. The new Minister is Alok Sharma. Sajid Javid has been re-appointed as Secretary of State for communities and local government >> read more about the new Minister
  • The TCPA is working with a range of planning and health organisations to better understand what the level of awareness is about town planning's role in taking into account local needs for health and care infrastructure, and the working relationships at the policy and delivery levels between town planners and health professionals. Their short survey takes 10 minutes to complete and is open until 4 September >> take the survey now
  • Councils are failing to meet affordable housing targets in rural areas, according to research by CPRE published recently >> read more
  • Historic England is to roll out its Heritage Action Zones initiative and has asked for partnerships across the country to come forward with proposals for new designations with 'a particular focus' on housing >> read more
  • Environmental legal activists ClientEarth are to take the government to court for a third time over its proposals to cut air pollution >> read the DEFRA consultation

Forthcoming POS Events

And Finally ...

.... have you ever wondered what the the country's 200 largest cities, towns and districts are? You might be surprised at some of the results >> read more


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