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E-bulletin October 2017

Date: 19/10/2017

Breaking News ...

... at a meeting in Downing Street on 17th October, Theresa May met representatives of housing developers, housing associations and local government to discuss boosting the delivery of new homes, including making sure planning permissions granted by councils were delivered into new homes >> read more

Society Matters

Spatial Planning Latest

  • PINS is to include a specific reference to local authorities' duties to tackle climate change in the template used by inspectors to write local plan reports. The change follows a complaint made by campaign group Friends of the Earth that inspectors' reports did not specifically mention whether they had considered if a local plan includes policies to ensure that development and land use in their area contributed to mitigating or adapting to climate change.
  • The PAS have issued an update in their series "what good plans look like" >> read more
  • The British Council for Archaeology have issued a free Local Heritage Engagement Network (LHEN) toolkit for use in Neighbourhood Plans >> read more 

Development Management Latest

  • Sharma has announced that the government is to consult on the effectiveness of enforcement against unauthorised Gypsy and Traveller developments and encampments and urged authorities to 'step up to the plate' in providing sites >> read the Hansard debate
  • A High Court judge has ruled against a council over its refusal to consider a planning application related to a building which was subject to enforcement action >> read more
  • Don't get caught out by designation. PAS have published some useful tips >> read more 

Brief Updates

  • The National Infrastructure Commission's first draft infrastructure assessment reveals that the body is to explore developing new mechanisms to capture land value uplift, and urges 'some degree' of high-density development around infrastructure hubs in the green belt >> read more
  • The government has set out its strategy for investing over £2.5 billion to support low carbon innovation >> read more
  • Councils across the country are set to build 15,000 homes a year due to the rise of local housing companies >> read more

Forthcoming POS Events

And Finally ...

....did you know that  that house prices in 28 towns and cities remain lower than at the start of the financial crisis ten years ago? >> read more

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