Government announces new Neighbourhood Planning Rules

Gavin Barwell, (Minister of State for Housing & Planning & Minister for London) announced the following changes to Neighbourhhod Planning rules:

Neighbourhood planning was introduced by the Localism Act 2011, and is an important part of the Government’s manifesto commitment to let local people have more say on local planning. With over 230 neighbourhood plans . . . → Read More: Government announces new Neighbourhood Planning Rules

Peers changes to housing and planning bill favour NPlans

Roger Milne of The Planning Portal reports:

The housing and planning bill is facing the prospect of prolonged parliamentary cross-fire as peers pushed through further amendments resisted by ministers during report stage in the Lords.

The bill was due its third reading in the upper chamber this week (27 April) and the latest crop of . . . → Read More: Peers changes to housing and planning bill favour NPlans

Minister insists there will be checks on ‘planning in principle’

by Planning Portal Content Team on January 28, 2016

The Government insisted this week that its proposals for granting planning in principle would be “locally driven” and subject to both public consultation and consideration against local and national policy on issues like flooding and heritage.

That claim came from Government minister Baroness Williams of . . . → Read More: Minister insists there will be checks on ‘planning in principle’

Rosie Cooper MP asks Secretary of State to Review SUDS Guidelines

Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if his Department will review the guidelines on sustainable drainage system requirements under planning policy for new developments in areas with recorded incidents of flooding; and if he will make a statement.

Hansard source(Citation: HC Deb, 14 January . . . → Read More: Rosie Cooper MP asks Secretary of State to Review SUDS Guidelines

Rosie Cooper MP asks Minister of State (CLG) about flooding

Rosie Cooper MP, Labour, West Lancashire asked the following question in Parliament

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, by what mechanism residents can challenge a local authority’s assessment of the adequacy of drainage systems for a new housing development where they believe it will contribute to additional flooding in . . . → Read More: Rosie Cooper MP asks Minister of State (CLG) about flooding

Civic Voice – A Community Right to Appeal

The latest Edition of The Civic Voice writes:

Just over a year into the coalition Government much fanfare greeted the 2011 Localism Act. Announced as part of the “Government’s revolution to hand power back to local communities”, the thrust of Localism was that communities should be able to be active participants in planning decisions and . . . → Read More: Civic Voice – A Community Right to Appeal

Greg Clark takes over as Communities Secretary

The Portal Planning Team report that Greg Clark takes over as Communities Secretary as Cameron shuffles his pack.

The appointment of Greg Clark as Communities Secretary in the new government has signalled that devolution and a focus on cities will be an important feature of the administration’s agenda.

Clark, MP for Royal Tunbridge Wells, worked . . . → Read More: Greg Clark takes over as Communities Secretary

Winslow NP, Rolleston NP & Sayers Common NP Set New Precedents

Three very recent neighbourhood planning decisions present important markers for the future status of those plans in the system in the coming months.

The good news on the Winslow NP was quickly followed by the Secretary of State’s (SoS) decision not to contest the High Court ruling on the Rolleston NP and then by High . . . → Read More: Winslow NP, Rolleston NP & Sayers Common NP Set New Precedents

DCLG confirms raft of planning reforms

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published its responses to recent consultations on the use of planning conditions, the consent process for nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) and changes to statutory consultee arrangements.

As a result, DCLG has decided to amend secondary legislation so it can introduce an additional requirement for local . . . → Read More: DCLG confirms raft of planning reforms

Revisions | Planning Practice Guidance

Strategic environmental assessment requirements for neighbourhood plans

Current version

Does a neighbourhood plan require a strategic environmental assessment?

In some limited circumstances, where a neighbourhood plan is likely to have significant environmental effects, it may require a strategic environmental assessment. Draft neighbourhood plan proposals should be assessed to determine whether the plan is likely to . . . → Read More: Revisions | Planning Practice Guidance