E-Bulletin July 2018

31 July 2018

Breaking News ...

.....which you are all no doubt aware of - is that the Revised NPPF has now been published together with some associated changes to the Planning Practice Guidance.  Having read the Government’s response to the consultation it is clear that it is proposing to provide further guidance on some aspects of the changes but no timescales have yet been given. For ease the link here provides access to:

The Revised NPPF
The Housing delivery test measurement rule book
Updated sections of the planning practice guidance (on Viability and Housing and economic development needs assessments).
Government’s Response to the consultation (which includes an indication of which matters Government is proposing to provide further guidance on). 

The POS response to the revised NPPF can be viewed here.

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Society Matters

Paul Seddon, this year’s President, has been asked to represent POS on the Labour Party Planning Commission set to be formally launched at their conference in September, with the aim of developing a planning system that will address the needs of the nation. POS is non-political and will work with equal vigour to support new thinking like this. The Commission’s work will involve discussions and workshops across the regions (which are due to be held in the autumn) to gain an understanding of the differing issues across the country. Paul’s blog which was emailed separately on 27 July can be viewed here.

Members – the warmest of welcomes go out to the newest members of the Society: Audrey Lewis, Sarah Jones, Angela Grove, Claire Faulkner (Cannock Chase DC), Amy Dales (Hampshire CC), Clem Smith (Crawley BC), Benjy Firth, Bruce O’Brian, Chris Downes, Sandra Scott, Rachel Forkin, Bethany Jones, Catherine Bailey (Colchester BC), Clive Cornwell, Daisy Estrada, Alanna Coombes (City of London), Richard Cryer, Rachel Whaley (Cumbria CC), Rob Bewick, Claire Marchant, Kelly Jethwa, Joanne Alexander, Helen Garnett, Carly Pettit, Matthew Nouch, Llywelyn Lloyd, Mark Chaplin, Alex Stafford, Katy Magnall, Sarah Dee, Laura Payne (Gregory) (Ashford BC), Kevin Owen(Arun DC), Hannah Turner, Julie Clayton (Ashfield DC), Neil Costen, Matthew Winslow, Amanda Parrott (Basildon BC), Eileen Paterson (Cambridge City Council), Claire Coombs, Sally Gibbon, Benjamin Vickers, David Malcolm, Peter Hooley(Cheshire East Council), Ian Woodhead, Sara Claxton, Laura Neale, Nicky Bartley (Derby City Council), James Coles (East Devon DC), Jean Chambers, Laura Cornborough (Fareham BC), Graeme Foster, Ian Mcdonald, Seb Wilkins, Mike Avery, Alan Siviter, Alison Jackson, Christine James, Cristina Dinescu, David Gray, Deirbhile Blair, Graham Wraight, Helen Johnson, Lewis Widdowson, Mark Wilkinson (Gedling BC), Ganesh Gnanamoorthy, Vicky Forgione (Harlow DC) , Melissa Pagen, Roderick Marshall (Halton BC), Adam Tomaszewski, James Bickle, Robin Gregory (Kent CC), Keiran Bartlett (Surrey Heath BC), Tom Price (Central Bedfordshire Council), Steven Kirkham (Tameside MBC), Gerard Woods, Alan Kilroe, John Waddelow (St Helens MBC), Amardip Healy (Epsom and Ewell BC), Chris Blackburn (Preston City Council).

In the News: As we are in the process of moving to a new website there is currently only limited updating being undertaken to the existing website.  

In the past month the Society has commented on the following:

Changes to the small sites proposals in the Revised NPPF (26 July)
The lowering of housing targets by some northern authorities (19 July)
The Letwin Review’s Interim findings (Planning Resource (5 July)

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Spatial Planning Latest

A fresh review of the future of High Streets was announced by Government on 16 July.  A panel of experts has been appointed to diagnose issues that currently affect the health of high streets and provide advice on the best practical measures to help them thrive now and in the future.  The panel will focus on what consumers and local communities want from their high streets and will be publishing a Call for Evidence later this summer.  More information can be found here.

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Development Management Latest

The recently announced Independent Review of Planning Appeal Inquiries has published its Call for Evidence.  The Call for Evidence seeks views on the current operation of the planning appeal inquiries process and how it could be improved. Respondents are asked to send in their views by 18 September 2018.  More information, including supporting documents and how to respond, can be accessed here.

A Government consultation has been published seeking views on the principle of granting planning permission for non-hydraulic shale gas exploration development through a permitted development right. The consultation closes on 25 October and can be viewed here.

The Government has published its Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review and has set an ambitious target for 15 million premises to be connected to full fibre by 2025, with nationwide coverage by 2033. It also wants to be a world leader in the next generation of mobile technology, 5G, with deployment to the majority of the country by 2027.  Government has indicated that it will shortly publish consultations on legislative changes to streamline wayleaves and mandate fibre in new builds and will keep planning regulations under review.  The document can be viewed here.

Government has published the ‘Road to Zero’ which sets out the next steps towards cleaner road transport and delivering its Industrial Strategy.  It includes the intention that all new homes, where appropriate, should have a chargepoint available and that Government plans to consult as soon as possible on introducing a requirement for chargepoint infrastructure for new dwellings in England where appropriate and on amending Building Regulations to require relevant charging provision in new non-residential buildings.  The revised NPPF includes (at paragraph 105) that local planning authorities should, if setting local parking standards for residential and non-residential development, take into account the need to ensure an adequate provision of spaces for charging plug-in and other ultra-low emission vehicles. The document can be viewed here.

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Brief Updates

The New Towns Act 1981 (Local Authority Oversight) Regulations 2018 came into effect on 24 July 2014.  The Regulations are supported by recently published Guidance which can be viewed here.  The Guidance does not give a detailed commentary on the legislation; rather it sets out how the government expects the process of setting up a locally-led new town development corporation (LLNTDC) to work.

Kit Malthouse MP is the new Housing Minister following the Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP's move to the role of Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. 

Homes England has published a Community Housing Fund Prospectus to support the delivery of community led housing schemes. The Prospectus sets out that the ‘community-led housing sector comprises a wide range of ownership, occupancy and management models including (but not limited to) community land trusts, co-operatives and cohousing. Within the sector a range of tenures are possible, including shared ownership, rent, and market sale.’  Local authorities are eligible to apply.  Phase One will remain open to receive new applications until funding is fully committed (or until 31 December 2019, whichever is the sooner).  The Prospectus can be viewed here.

A new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Building Communities has recently been set up.  Conservative MP Bob Blackman has been voted in as its first chair, Liz Twist MP (Labour) and Stephen Hammond MP (Conservative) as vice-chairs, and former housing minister Mark Prisk MP (Conservative) as group secretary.  The group has been formed to progress political discussions around good design and placemaking and how it can help solve the housing crisis.  More information can be viewed here.

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Forthcoming POS Events

Joint Development Management and Spatial Planning Network 28 September, Birmingham

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And Finally ...

...mention of the weather couldn’t be avoided!  As well as coinciding with the holiday period (for once!) it has also raised the profile of the role that planning can and should play in addressing future overheating issues from climate change – as recently reported by a Parliamentary Select Committee and discussed on BBC Breakfast News last week.

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