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Pickles blocks Lancashire homes despite housing land shortage

24 January 2014 by Michael Donnelly, Planning Resource

The communities secretary has rejected an appeal against a council’s refusal for up to 345 homes on the edge of Clitheroe in Lancashire after concluding that the council’s lack of a five-year housing land supply was outweighed by the development’s potential impact on local roads.

Developers Huntroyde . . . → Read More: Pickles blocks Lancashire homes despite housing land shortage

Pickles blocks Essex green belt development

By Pete Apps via Pickles blocks Essex green belt development | News | Inside Housing.

Eric Pickles has blocked a green belt development overturning a planning inspectorate decision it should go ahead to combat a ‘severe lack’ of housing.

The communities secretary said allowing the homes to be built would ‘undermine’ green belt national policy.

. . . → Read More: Pickles blocks Essex green belt development

Moves to end flood prevention plans delay

By Roger Harrabin – BBC Environment analyst

A four-year delay to rules meant to prevent new housing developments making floods worse could finally be ended.

Policy has been paralysed, with builders rejecting demands that they should install ponds and grassy hollows to catch water running off roofs.

There is still deadlock on this but it . . . → Read More: Moves to end flood prevention plans delay

DCLG – Over 800 Communities creating Neighbourhood Plans

The Department for Communities & Local Goverment (DCLG) has announced that at writing 812 communities are now engaged in drawing up a Neighbourhood Plan. Over 55% of local authorities have received an application for an area to be designated, with 43 of these authorities having at least 6 plans in progress. Planning Minister Nick . . . → Read More: DCLG – Over 800 Communities creating Neighbourhood Plans

The possible consequences of filming of town and parish council meetings

27 NOVEMBER 2013

On the same day that Alrewas Parish Council was unexpectedly visited by a press photographer who wanted to cover the proceedings of an Extraordinary Meeting, Herbert Smith of the Communities, Parishes and Local Councils organisation (CPALC) wrote the following editorial:

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Extending the right to blog and film town and parish council . . . → Read More: The possible consequences of filming of town and parish council meetings

Group of MPs to meet to discuss involvement in neighbourhood planning

Civic Voice – the national charity for the civic society movement – and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Civic Societies will host a meeting to discuss how members of Parliament can help assist neighbourhood forums to start planning for their communities. The meeting will encourage discussion and allow MPs to consider the range of . . . → Read More: Group of MPs to meet to discuss involvement in neighbourhood planning

Planning Appeal hearings can be filmed and tweeted

Planning Portal reports that Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced new guidance that will formally open up planning appeal hearings “to be filmed, tweeted and reported”.

Mr Pickles also challenged councils to open up their planning committees and other meetings.

As part of the government’s review of planning practice, new guidance by the Planning Inspectorate . . . → Read More: Planning Appeal hearings can be filmed and tweeted

Planning Portal – Funding to help communities build

Funding to help communities build

Housing Minister Mark Prisk has announced that funding is to be made available for people with plans and ideas for their neighbourhood, (I.e. self-build homes and community shops) and require resources to work up designs and obtain planning permission.

Under this initiative some £17m originally earmarked solely to help Community . . . → Read More: Planning Portal – Funding to help communities build

Commons Debate on Localism in Planning: July 17

The following is heavily plagiarised from the LinkedIn Neighbourhood Plan forum:

You may be aware that Nick Herbert MP, whose Sussex constituency covers a large number of emerging neighbourhood plans across different LPAs, led a Commons Debate yesterday on this matter, to which RH Nick Boles MP responded. The full Hansard transcription is here. It . . . → Read More: Commons Debate on Localism in Planning: July 17

‘Prematurity’ of Neighbourhood Plan – Reason for Refusal

An Example of the ‘Prematurity’ Reason for Refusal

You may be interested to know that the good people of Wealden District Council in East Sussex have recently included the following as one reason for refusal of a 30 home scheme on the edge of the village of Herstmonceux:

“To permit a development of 30 dwellings . . . → Read More: ‘Prematurity’ of Neighbourhood Plan – Reason for Refusal