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E-bulletin October 2016

Date: 28/10/2016

Breaking News ...

... with the government having announced its support for a new runway at Heathrow there is undoubtedly going to be a vast range of opinion on its suitability.
Of particular interest is the brief article by Richard Harwood QC

Society Matters

Spatial Planning Latest

  • Planning minister Gavin Barwell has confirmed a variety of government amendments on plan-making will be introduced to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill currently under  scrutiny in the Commons >> read more
  • These amendments include second-tier local authorities being allowed to direct plan-making where required >> read more

Development Management Latest

  • Residential Development and Trees is a useful planning guide by the Woodland Trust >> read more
  • A new report has highlighted the growing importance of social media as a key area for planning consultation, with 60 per cent of local authority members arguing that property developers should be using it to engage with the public >> read more

Brief Updates

  • In partnership with Revo, the LGA and Local Partnerships, the BPF is launching updated procurement guidance for local authorities. A number of workshops are being held to launch the guidance: "TO OJEU OR NOT TO OJEU: REVISITED Guidance for local authorities on navigating procurement" at Bristol on 24th Nov, London on 28th November, Newcastle on 1st Dec, and Leeds on 2nd Dec.
  • The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Regulations 2016 make provision in relation to the definition of a serviced plot of land, registers kept under the Act and exemption from the duty >> read more

Forthcoming Events

And Finally ...

... were you aware that despite McCarthy & Stone and Churchill having increased their volume of planning applications for schemes by 162 per cent between 2010 and 2015 a recent report suggests the demand for retirement housing could outstrip supply by more than 375,000 homes by the middle of this century >> read more


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