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E-bulletin November 2016

Date: 24/11/2016

E-bulletin November 2016

Breaking News ...

... the Chancellor has used this week's Autumn Statement to announce a package of new funding to boost housebuilding and the provision of affordable housing, which minsters claimed would deliver over 140,000 new homes:

  • new Housing Infrastructure Fund, worth £2.3bn by 2020-21, allocated on a competitive basis to local authorities to provide infrastructure targeted at unlocking new private house building in the areas where housing need is greatest
  • extra £1.4bn to deliver an additional 40,000 affordable home starts by 2020-21
  • invest £1.7bn by 2020-21 through partnerships with private sector developers
  • £127m towards funding for road and rail developments in the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor
  • an additional £1.1bn by 2020-21 in new funding to relieve congestion and deliver much-needed upgrades on local roads and public transport networks
  • invest £170m in flood defence and resilience measures

>> read more on the Autumn Statement

Society Matters

Spatial Planning Latest

  • Barwell has announced a new £18 million fund aimed at speeding up house building on large sites whereby councils can bid for a share of the 'capacity fund' to tackle planning issues that can cause delay and blockages >> read more
  • The forthcoming housing white paper will set out the government's response to a raft of recommendations contained in the recent LPEG report to streamline the local plan process, planning minister Gavin Barwell has suggested. It is expected details will be released soon.

Development Management Latest

  • The Minister has announced revised criteria that the Secretary of State intends to use for designating a local planning authority as underperforming and the thresholds that authorities will be assessed against in the next designation round in the first quarter of 2017. The performance thresholds get steadily more onerous and new quality ones are introduced >> read the ministers statement and >> read about the new criteria
  • Latest official figures on England's annual housing supply show that during 2015-16 some 12,824 net additions resulted from change of use from offices under the new PD rights >> read more
  • Barwell has indicated that we can expect a whole raft of changes to the way we do Development Management. This could include resources, performance, and more freedoms generally for "good" councils and groups of councils. PAS is hold a number of seminars on the subject >> read more

Brief Updates

  • In its response to the House of Lords select committee on the built environment the government has announced that it is to boost the role of its chief planner to champion built environment issues 'across and beyond government' >> read more
  • The Communities Secretary has accused housebuilders of not building quickly enough on consented sites >> read more
  • 13,152-hectares of excess MoD land are to be released to support its target to provide enough land for 55,000 homes >> read more
  • The House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee's report Future Flood Prevention highlights the role that SuDS systems can perform as part of catchment management in preventing flooding, but criticises current implementation and the lack of understanding amongst key stakeholders of the role that SuDS can play >> read more

Forthcoming Events

And Finally ...

... did you know that the 19th November was World Toilet Day?  Aimed at raising awareness of the 2.4 billion people without access to a toilet; find out about what can you do >> read more


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