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... a Future of Planning project is looking at how design, data and digital technologies can transform the way we plan for the better.
As part of this research an online survey has been created in order to gather opinions about areas where more standardisation/guidance might be required around local plans.
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- President's Piece - a revised version of Anna Rose's latest blog was sent out separately on 20th March >> you can read it here. Apologies for the corrupted version sent out initially.
- A warm welcome to the 14 new members this month: Charlotte Morphet (LB Waltham Forest); Michael Lowe (Test Valley BC); Diane Logue (Castle Point BC); Fern Lynch (Swindon BC); Catherine Smyth, Richard McFerran, Russell Butchers & Sophie Hockin (London Legacy Dev Corp); Tony Pierce & Jacqui Glover (LB Enfield); Martin Knowles (LB Havering); Ismet Darendeli (LB Lambeth); Greg MacDonald (LB Sutton); and John Allen (LB Barnet).
- Notes of the London Region meeting on 3rd February are now available
- Notes of and presentations given at the last Development Management Network meeting on 24th February are now available
- In the News
Spatial Planning Latest
- The government's industrial strategy should require all parts of the country to prepare sub-regional spatial plans and allow constrained urban areas to expand their boundaries, according to a new report, endorsed by business secretary Greg Clark >> read more
- A new set of duties for neighbourhood plan examiners has been announced by the government which include an amendment that requires examiners to give information to, and hold meetings with, neighbourhood planning groups >> read more
Development Management Latest
- The government is set to implement extensions of PD rights for school buildings >> read the new regulations
- A proposed new permitted development right allowing barns to be converted into homes would be in addition to the existing Class Q right, the government has confirmed >> read more
- New advice from Planning Aid and RTPI provides clear information on the process of shale gas extraction and how planning applications are assessed and determined by local authorities and the role of other regulatory bodies for politicians, community groups and individuals affected by shale gas proposals. It also contains advice for Planning Aid volunteers on how they can best advise communities >> read the guidance note
- Historic England has established a £6 million nationwide project aimed at bringing "historic places back to life" to attract residents, tourists, businesses and investors, and create economic growth in 10 areas across in England >> read more
- The Town and Country planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017 were recently laid before parliament and will come into force on the 16th April. LPAs must publish their registers by 31st December 2017 >> read more. Look out for details of free POS seminars on Registers and PIPs.
- The BPF Tomorrow's Leaders Awards 2017 have been launched for their second year, in partnership with Estates Gazette, to find and celebrate the UK real estate industry's rising stars. Nominations are free and are for anyone who has worked in real estate for 10 years or less - including people in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. The deadline for entries is 8 April >> read more
- A new 'Department for Land Use' should be created and planners should be shifted away from development management to focus on strategic land use issues, former environment secretary Lord Deben has stated >> read more
Forthcoming POS Events
And Finally ...
... taking on board the suggestion that a planner needs a joke a day (see news item above) have you heard the one about the planner appearing at a comedy club? >> read more.
And of course it's not too late to make a donation to Comic Relief. Go on, go on, go on you know you want to.