The Tattenhall and District Neighbourhood Plan is the fourth Neighbourhood Plan to have been declared ‘sound’ by the examiner. The plan now goes to a local referendum before taking effect. The plan limits new housing developments housing developments to a 30 dwellings threshold.
Lynton and Lynmouth Neighbourhood Plan have also recently been declared ‘sound’ by an examiner.
DCLG has published its latest edition (No 6) of ‘Notes on Neighbourhood Planning’ which focuses on the new draft planning practice guidance and its content on neighbourhood planning.
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A new report on the future of high streets by the former boss of DIY chain Wickes and frozen food retailer Iceland has called for better strategic planning to guide development in town centres. It says the change of use process should be used to convert entire sub-high streets to residential or other uses while successful independent retailers are relocated into the main commercial centre.
The Grimsey review’s 31 recommendations designed to breathe economic life into town centres appear to include wider, more fundamental measures than those in the Mary Portas review. It presents 31 recommendations and suggests consolidating shopping areas and focussing other community uses in the centre such as healthcare, entertainment, education and housing.
View the report here
New guidance on town centres will require local planning authorities to seek to improve the quality of parking in town centres and, "where it is necessary to ensure the viability of town centres, the quantity too", the DCLG said.
The Government’s controversial new permitted development rights to allow Authorities to promote the conversion of empty offices to housing to improve housing choice may have backfired. According to a survey, a quarter of the applications to convert offices to homes have been for offices in use, according to a survey.
New figures suggest an increase in planning appeals in the green belt. Also, the percentage of successful appeals has risen to 36%. The figures suggest pressure to deliver new housing and to boost the economy has encouraged developers to challenge local Green Belt.policy and to take a pr-development interpretation of The national Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
Communities secretary Eric Pickles is sticking to his promise to clamp down on unauthorised development in the Green Belt. He has refused to allow permanent development gypsy and traveler sites in Green belt locations in Bedfordshire, Warwickshire and Hertfordshire and only allowed temporary developments for shorter periods than recommended by inspectors.
New research has indicated there are still nearly 400,000 homes in England which have been given planning permission but have not been built yet. The study, commissioned by the Local Government Association and carried out by the Glenigan consultancy, showed there has been little progress made in reducing the backlog over the past year. According to this assessment developers are now putting in fewer planning applications and taking longer to complete work on site. A debate has ensued on whether the planning system increases land values and the cost of housing or whether the financial institutions and the cost of borrowing are at fault for poor housing delivery.
Read BBC artticle here
Planning applications which go to appeal will receive earlier decisions, with increased transparency for communities, the Government has announced.
See Planning Portal for more information
In my blog of 31 July 2013, I reported the Government has sought to consolidate the confusing and inaccessible 7,000 pages of guidance, with a streamlined, web-based resource and was launching a ‘test’ site. The site was launched on 28th August and feedback is invited. None of the current planning practice guidance will be cancelled until the final online guidance is in place later in the autumn.
The website is now live and can be viewed here