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E-bulletin November 2015

Date: 26/11/2015


E-bulletin November 2015

Breaking News ...

... Yesterday George Osborne MP, delivered his Autumn Statement and Comprehensive Spending Review to the House of Commons. Emphasising economic security, the Chancellor vowed to re-build Britain with major announcements on housing, infrastructure and devolution. The main features of interest are:

  • reform the planning system
  • deliver 400,000 affordable homes by 2020-2021

>> read more


Society Matters

  • President's Piece

    “We celebrated the national Planning Awards (Planning Magazine) this month and the special POS sponsored category of Local Authority Team of the year went jointly to Plymouth and Southend-on-Sea, who received the revered POS Silver Cup (well a least sharing it for 6 months each over the next year). What was revealing, along with other categories and entries for this award, and others, is that ..." >> read more

Stewart Murray, President 2015/16


Spatial Planning Latest

  • PAS is running another event series on hot topics in plan making this February. These will consider the best approaches to Housing and Economic Development Needs Assessments (HEDNA) and on Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessments (SHELAA), based on some advice notes we are currently working on >> read more
  • Early next year, PAS are holding four events to help you find out more about how spatial planning and the duty to cooperate can be used to deliver the government's objectives, including devolution. You'll also hear first-hand experiences from practitioners across the public and private sector. Booking links are now available so you can grab a space and plan ahead >> read more

Development Management Latest

  • You may wonder whether a caseload of 250 cases per year is high, low, or somewhere in the middle? PAS are testing a way of fairly comparing workloads that reflects different complexities >> read more
  • Lewis has announced a panel to review CIL. This will be on the agenda for the next round of the Society's  CIL support group meetings, to enable  group members views to be fed in to the review process >> read more
  • The National Trust has produced a new report looking at development in AONBs. The report suggests ways that practice can now be improved, including a series of tests for decision-makers to apply in AONB cases, as a brief practical tool to help ensure that policy is applied correctly >> read more
  • A farmer has been given a three month suspended jail sentence for failing to tear down a mock Tudor castle that he built on the Surrey green belt >> read more
  • The Institute of Public Care (IPC) is working with the Papworth Trust and Habinteg to improve the knowledge base for the provision of housing suitable for disabled people, including through the provision of more, and well-presented, information.  Please spend 10-15 minutes completing their survey to help obtain a view on what data is important and critical to support the business case for the development of housing for disabled people, and how this might best be accessed and presented via an online tool >> access the survey

Brief Updates

  • PAS have issued a case study based on Wolverhampton's method of choice: "rethinking planning" . The study explains the approach along with the results of looking at how it might apply in some other councils with other councils and advice as to how to go about it >> read more
  • The TCPA, supported by POS, undertook a series of workshops with councils following on the 2014 document 'Planning Healthy Weight Environments',  and have now published a document synthesising the learning from the workshops for the LGA and PHE >> read more
  • The government's new National Infrastructure Commission is seeking views on its first three areas of focus, which include identifying priorities for future investment in the North's strategic transport infrastructure to improve connectivity between cities >> read more
  • he government has today announced that Infrastructure UK (IUK) and the Major Projects Authority (MPA) are to merge, bringing the government’s expertise, knowledge and skills at managing and delivering major economic projects under one roof >> read more
  • CLASP have produced a handy reducing climate change fact sheet, part of a wider series of guidance notes about sustainability for local government and partners. Case study examples are included >> read more
  • Defra's Flood Resilience Community Pathfinder initiative funded projects in 13 local areas to encourage partnership working to improve resilience to flooding. Each project group made a video about the Pathfinder experience >> watch the videos
  • The Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change has commissioned two new reports to inform the next Climate Change Risk Assessment. The first report provides updated projections for water availability in the UK. The second assesses the impacts of climate change on the UK’s natural assets
  • The government has announced that some of England’s most unloved spaces will be transformed into Manhattan-style ‘pocket parks’ >> read more
  • European cities which have charged planning with engaging the market and providing responses to market failures have seen 'startling' results in terms of development quality, according to an RTPI report >> read more


Forthcoming Events

And Finally ...

.... have you always wondered what were your least favourite concrete buildings (and the one you love)? >> Then read more
But if you'd rather learn more about good design then the World Architecture News Landscape Award 2015 is worth looking into - the six outstanding shortlisted projects showcased a superb selection of landscape architecture >> read more 

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