On Friday, 27 May, John Howell, MP, the government’s Neighbourhood Planning Champion, joined SLCC members and others at a virtual meeting chaired by our National Planning Adviser, Andrew Towlerton. John gave an overview of how the new Levelling Up & Regeneration Bill affects Neighbourhood Plans and answered questions ranging from streamlining the process, design codes,
The Non-Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill has just passed through the Reports Stage in the House of Lords and now moves on to the Third Reading to consider any amendments and to ‘tidy up’ the Bill prior to it receiving Royal Assent. We will keep you updated on any news as it becomes available.
The Bill to provide 100% mandatory relief from business rates for public lavatories in England and Wales has been passed by the House of Commons. The Bill still needs to be approved by the House of Lords but, If passed in its current form, the relief will be backdated to 1st April 2020. The relief
The new toolkit proposed in the Bus Services (Wales) Bill offers councils in Wales new powers to run their own bus services. The proposed Bill will also introduce powers for councils to work in partnership agreements with operators which would allow them, for example, to carry out enforcement of bus lanes. Introduction of these powers
This important Bill now before the National Assembly for Wales has been published. The full text of the Bill can downloaded here. And the Explanatory Memorandum can be downloaded here. SLCC’s Chief Executive, Rob Smith, and Wales Policy Officer, Mark Galbraith (Llanelli Rural Council) will shortly be meeting Wales Government officials for a briefing on