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E-bulletin July 2017

Date: 24/7/2017

The July e-bulletin as sent to all Society members is now available below.

Breaking News ...

... Council planning departments expect to be able to increase their staff by an average of almost five people over the next two years as a result of the government's proposed application fees rise, according to an exclusive survey by Planning and the Planning Officers Society >> read more 

Society Matters

Spatial Planning Latest

  • The government is likely to be working on revisions to the NPPF 'towards the back end of the year', the DCLG's chief planner Steve Quartermain announced, it will use the results of the consultation on the proposed standardised approach to assessing housing requirementsas announced by Sajid Javid >> read more
  • PAS have posted a 7 minute video  about delivery, design, and what Swindon has learned about how to plan for growth >> watch it now
  • The Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court ruling which outlined the scope of the NPPF's presumption in favour of sustainable development in relation to proposals that conflict with an up-to-date local plan >> read more
  • Research by WYG shows that 36 out of 107 councils in the south-east and east that provided data do not have the required five-year supply of land set aside for new housing >> read more

Development Management Latest

  • PAS have created a case study of the experience and learning of dealing with highly controversial "fracking" applications >> read more
  • A challenge to enforcement notices issued over a building put up close to a house has failed after a legal test case which hinged on the definition of a building's curtilage >> read more

Brief Updates

  • Sajid Javid has launched a £2.3 billion fund aimed at unlocking sites for 100,000 new homes in areas of high demand >> read more
  • Nearly two thirds of rural landowners would build new homes to rent or buy if they had more confidence in the attitudes and processes of local planning authorities >> read more
  • TAG and The Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation are undertaking a survey of attitudes and outcomes of the local plan process, specifically in relation to how effective it has been in securing sustainable travel outcomes as a policy tool for development management >> take the survey
  • Spatial Planning for Health is an evidence resource document published by Public Health England, which has been commissioned to provide an overview of the evidence on the impacts of the built and natural environment on health >> read more
  • StreetGym® utilises architectural features, gradients, street furniture and even patterns on the ground as workout stations, it promotes good mental and physical health as many of the exercises involve concentration, focus and teamwork >> read more
  • The latest Committee on Climate Change (CCC) report says that climate change "has in effect been de-prioritised in the land-use planning system" partly due to "pressure to meet the need for more housing" >> read more
  • A £20 million investment into new technology for electric vehicles has been announced by the government >> read more
  • DCLG Junior Minister Jake Berry MP has confirmed that the Government intends to deliver 23,000 new homes in new towns over the course of the parliament >> read more
  • Research by NHBC looks at the characteristics of multigenerational households in the UK, and finds that the number of such households increased by 38% between 2009 and 2014 >> read more

Forthcoming POS Events

And Finally ...

.... it seems that the PM  is set to 'declare war' on nimbys with plans this week to 'force town halls in affluent areas to build more homes or have targets forced on them' >> read more


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