Two new guidance notes have been posted on our website which give updated advice on planning issues. A simple guide to Assets of Community Value and Planning Applications Looks at the question of whether the listing of a property as an Asset of Community Value might be regarded as a ‘material consideration’ for planning purposes.
On 17th July 2020, the Government issued updated guidance on the safe reopening of playgrounds in England. Separate guidance was issued by the Welsh Government on 20th July setting out the requirements in Wales. Helen Ball, Town Clerk to Shrewsbury Town Council and SLCC Director, has been working closely with the Association of Play Industries
HMRC have published guidance on the tax treatment of certain expenses and benefits provided to employees (including employees of local councils) during the current emergency. The guidance largely reflects existing law and practice but there are a few concessions. The guidance can be found by clicking here. There is also guidance on the tax treatment
On 13th May the Government issued advice on management of urban centres and green spaces in England. The guidance is detailed and offers practical steps for clerks to consider using a decision tree which can be found here. Chapter 5 specifically deals with green spaces here.