Benefits from a strong sense of place range from greater wellbeing through to revitalising a local economy. Planners are crucial to cultivating a sense of place, but there are challenges to putting this into practice. This is the first in a series of briefings about a sense of place.
This report, written by the Town and Country Planning Association and supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, examines the degree to which climate change mitigation and adaptation is reflected as a priority in local plans in England.
The overall emphasis of the White Paper is on increasing the supply of housing over the longer term, primarily through changes to the planning system. This briefing focuses firstly on the more immediate housing issues and then on the key issues for planning.
The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care.
The RTPI have published a report showing how good planning can deliver sustainable economic growth. The findings run counter to the view that planning is an impediment to development. Meanwhile, the new ministerial team for planning appears to be adopting a more constructive approach to working with local planning authorities.
The Queen's Speech 2016 included major bills on business rates retention, higher education reform, and substantial planning, transport, and digital economy measures. The challenges for local leadership teams remains constructing a coherent, tailored local approach to growth and devolution in the face of continuing inconsistencies and tensions nationally.
The Housing and Planning Act has been highly contentious. This briefing summarises and comments on the key provisions – such as permission in principle, the right to buy for housing association tenants, ‘pay to stay’ and the sale of empty high value council housing.
The government has recently published a consultation on its draft cycling and walking investment strategy which sets out its ambition and objectives for cycling and walking, the financial resources available to meet those objectives, how the objectives will be delivered and the governance arrangements.
NHS England has announced the Healthy New Towns proposals it will support as part of its drive to tackle unhealthy environments. Other recent guides highlight local authority efforts to tackle obesity through their planning processes, within a context of a whole system approach that helps to reinforce local plan policy.
The Housing and Planning Bill, as amended by the Commons, has completed its Commons Committee stage and has proceeded to the House of Lords. The Bill has been hotly debated. This briefing provides an update and comments on its key provisions.