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E-bulletin March 2018

Date: 19/3/2018

Breaking News ...

... the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework has been launched. The NPPF was launched on 5 March by Theresa May and Sajid Javid at an event the RTPI co-hosted with MHCLG and HM Government >> read the consultation draft NPPF

  • POS has posted an immediate reply and is in the process of preparing a full response; contact Sara Whelan if you want to make comments.

The Government is also  seeking views on reforms to the system of developer contributions >> read more

Society Matters

Spatial Planning Latest

  • LPAs should review their strategic policies earlier than every five years where housing need calculated under the new standard method is found to be higher than in existing plans, according to the  draft revisions to the NPPG >> read more
  • LPAs that have failed to deliver 95 per cent of their housing need over three years will have to publish action plans within six months of the government publishing the first housing delivery test results this November, according to new draft guidance. Read the new Housing Delivery Test Draft Measurement Rule Book
  • Last year's Budget announced a review of build-out rates, to be chaired by former Tory cabinet minister Sir Oliver Letwin. As part of the chancellor's Spring Statement, Letwin issued an interim report on his findings so far >> read more

Development Management Latest

  • According to the new draft national guidance the use of viability assessments at the stage of deciding planning applications "should not be necessary" >> read more
  • LPAs should take a 'flexible approach' when applying daylight and sunlight guidance to planning applications for new housing, the draft revised NPPF states. The new policy on daylight and sunlight assessments is included in an entirely new chapter >> read more
  • Housing minister Dominic Raab has announced changes to permitted development rights that mean up to five houses can be created from existing agricultural buildings on a farm, rather than the current maximum of three >> read more
  • Sport England has recently published an updated version of its policy and guidance on planning applications affecting playing fields.  Sport England's policy is to object to applications unless they meet with one of five specific exceptions >> read more
  • Several sections of the NPPG have been updated including the section "When is permission required?" >> read more
  • New funding to help accelerate planning decisions and deliver quality new homes has been announced by Housing Minister Dominic Raab >> read more about the planning delivery fund

Brief Updates

  • Historic England has launched 'Immortalised' - a project asking the public to share its knowledge of local monuments, street shrines and community tributes in public places >> read more
  • The English Cities Fund has announced that it will double its investment in English towns and cities to £200 million as it looks to deliver five schemes that have a total value of £1.6 billion. It is seeking new partnerships with councils, regional authorities and other public sector organisations to transform major sites, deliver mixed-use residential schemes, and create inspiring new places >> read more

Forthcoming POS Events

And Finally ...

.... Nicky Linihan is taking over from John Silvester as the Society's Communications Manager as from 1st April >> read more

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