Breaking News ...
...George Osborne's 2016 budget once again included several planning related announcements:
- a promise of legislation to make it easier for local authorities to work together to create new garden towns and cities >> read more
- technical and financial support for areas that want to establish garden villages and market towns of between 1,500 and 10,000 homes. The prospect of "planning and financial flexibilities" is on offer alongside a second wave of compulsory purchase order reforms
- the government would release more public sector land for housing
- the government's intention to move to a more zonal and 'red line' planning approach, where local authorities use their local plans to signal their development strategy from the outset and make maximum use of permission in principle, to give early certainty and reduce the number of stages developers must go through to get planning permission
- measures to speed up the planning system, including minimising the delays caused by planning conditions, and ensuring the delivery of local plans by 2017
- a consultation on options for increasing transparency in the property market, including by increasing the visibility of information relating to options to purchase or lease land
- providing greater freedom for the deployment of mobile phone infrastructure; this will involve reducing planning restrictions and allowing taller new ground-based masts to be built
- an additional boost to spending on flood defence which would amount to a spend of £700m by 2020-21
- The government has also requested the National Infrastructure Commission carry out a study on the strategic infrastructure priorities for the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor which contains some of England's fastest-growing and most productive cities >>read more
"I have recently returned from that strange annual event, MIPIM (don't ask me to translate the acronym!). It is, in plain English, the "must attend" international property conference for all built environment professionals and developers in the delightful setting of the Cotes d'Azur, Cannes in the South of France. Sounds like an excuse for a jolly in the sun. But the reality is an extraordinary gathering of planners, architects, surveyors, businesses/developers and local authorities to sell their wares and key regeneration projects to the world and Europe ... " >> read more
Stewart Murray, President 2015/16
- Please note in your diary that the Society's Spring Conference and AGM will be on 16-17 June at City Hall, London >> read more for themes, speakers, study tours
- A warm welcome to the 9 new members this month: Mark Pullin, Tracey Coleman and Caroline Barker (Ebbsfleet Dev Corporation); Chris Renahan (Stockton on Tees BC); Liz Pickering (Mid Devon DC); Emma Macdonald (Dorset CC); Patricia Terceiro (Bracknell Forest Council); Martin Peacock (New Forest District Council); and Mike Abbott (Central Bedfordshire Council).
- The presentations given at the BPF/POS conference Thoroughly Modern Planningon 6 March are now available
- Read the notes of the London Region meeting held on 29 January
- In the News
Spatial Planning Latest
- The Local Plan Expert Group has published its report which makes a series ofrecommendations designed to streamline and speed up the local plan making process.
The group has recommended simplifying the calculations of housing need and halving the timetable for plan making. It has also suggested ways of better integrating local plans with CIL Charging Schedules >> read more
Development Management Latest
- Various amendments have been made to the General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 >> read more
- A new class of development has been added to the list of permitted development rights for which compensation on withdrawal of the right is limited in various ways provided in the 2015 Regulations >> read more
- Fixed Broadband Infrastructure Planning Review: Call for Evidence closing date 8th April
- PINS has issued a document regarding claims for repayment of additional costs where the Planning Inspectorate are unable, through alternative means, to return an affected party or parties to the position that they would otherwise have been in before an error occurred >>read more
- Metal in Architecture did not have a British winner; however, two schemes were commended: The Wind Tower, Lincolnshire by MSA-Gruff >> read more, and Waitrose, Chester by Broadway Malyan >> read more
- Colour in Architecture - no British winner but shortlisted was Battersea Dogs & Cats Home - Mary Tealby Kennels, London, by Jonathan Clark Architects >> read more
- Small Spaces - again no UK winner but shortlisted were Visible Studio, Bath by Invisible Studio >> read more and Garden Studio and Workshop, Cambridge by Rodic Davidson Architects >> read more
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And Finally ...
.... Brandon Lewis has given an exclusive interview to Planning magazine about Starter Homes, the proposed 2017 deadline for local plans, capturing more land value for local communities and more >> read more