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E-bulletin May 2017

Date: 19/5/2017

E-bulletin May 2017

Breaking News ...

...The Supreme Court has adjudged that the phrase 'relevant policies for the supply of housing' in paragraph 49 of the NPPF only relates to the housing policies of the development plan, and not to policies that protect the countryside >> read more 

Society Matters

Spatial Planning Latest

  • Under new proposals from DEFRA  councils will be given clear legal duties to develop and implement Clean Air Zone plans where NO2 levels are above legal limits >> read more
  • The Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017, which became law on 27th April, contains new powers for the government to direct two or more local authorities to develop joint plans. County councils will also have the power to prepare plans where districts do not have one.
    It also includes restrictions on powers to impose planning conditions, including on local authority use of pre-commencement conditions, which now require written consent from the developer to be enforced >> read the Act

Development Management Latest

  • The government has published new non-statutory guidance explaining how councils should manage their brownfield land registers >> read more
  • The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 have come into force >> read more
  • The Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 have also come into force >> read more
  • The Planning Portal has published FAQs aimed at applicants' who may be confused as to what maps are needed with an application >> read more

Brief Updates

  •  The DfT has published the first Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy aimed to make walking and cycling "the natural choice for shorter journeys" by 2040. A key action is for councils and local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) to prepare and publish new local cycling and walking infrastructure plans (LCIWPs) >> read the strategy
  • Celebrity architect George Clarke has launched a new educational, research and development organisation  >> read more
  • The RTPI has published new practical advice aimed at helping planners in cities and city regions to respond to the growth of the digital economy and guide its development >> read more
  • The government has agreed to progress work on developing a new degree apprenticeship for chartered town planners in England >> read more
  • Nearly 40 per cent of small housebuilders and developers view the planning process and its associated costs as the the most serious impediment to their business in building new homes, according to research by the NHBC >> read more
  • The Government's policies on sustainable drainage are failing to protect communities from flood risk and miss opportunities to improve amenity and the environment, according to MPs >> read more

Forthcoming POS Events

And Finally ...

... it seems that celebrity architect George Clarke has his sights on bigger things than just restoration projects. He has launched a new educational, research and development organisation with the ambition to inspire new generations in to the building profession and fundamentally transform the way we think, design and construct homes >> read more

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