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E-bulletin September 2017

Date: 27/9/2017

Breaking News ...

...the President of POS, Steve Ingram, is among the speakers confirmed for a conference next month which will examine the key issues facing the planning system in the countryside >> more info


Society Matters


Spatial Planning Latest

  • Councils with up-to-date local plans could be expected to provide neighbourhood planning groups with a housing need figure for their plan areas, while councils without an up-to-date local plan could use a 'simple formula-based approach' to supply such a figure >> read the consultation paper
  • Councils will have to produce a 'statement of common ground' with neighbouring authorities within 12 months of the publication of the government's changes to the National Planning Policy Framework in order to 'improve how local authorities work together to meet housing and other needs across boundaries' >> read the consultation paper
  • PAS are half-way through their new series called "What Good Plans Look Like" >> read more

Development Management Latest


Brief Updates

  • If the current rate of housebuilding and replacement continues, the average new home in England will have to last for 2,000 years, the LGA has warned >> read more
  • Dorset's Urban Heaths Partnership is organising UK Wildfires Conference 2017 - Wildfire resilience in a UK context, to be held in Bournemouth in November. The target audiences include emergency planners, town planners and landscape planners - anyone involved in planning and building communities, particularly in wildfire-prone areas >> read more
  • A new package of measures intended to simplify and speed up the compulsory purchase process has been introduced by the government >> read more
  •  Alok Sharma, has opened the UK's first 'plot shop' in Bicester, the shop will sell plots of land to people who want to build their own home from scratch, or through customised design >> read more
  • DCLG have published the first set of performance statistics for the new 'quality' designation process. Tables use the proportion of decisions lost at appeal as a proxy for the quality of decision-making >> read more

Forthcoming POS Events


And Finally ...

.... it seems that local authority planning departments across England lost an average of 15 per cent of their staff between 2006 and 2016, according to a new report "Planning Futures" (yet to be published) as revealed at the recent Labour Party Conference in Brighton.

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