The latest digital version of The Clerk Magazine is now available online. On the 10th anniversary of the Localism Act, this edition contains a bumper special feature on Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDPs) which were introduced as part of the Act. Justin Griggs of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) takes a look at what
The Government has announced a raft of proposed changes to national planning rules in England. These include requiring that at least 10% of new homes in major housing developments should be affordable; tightening the rules about building isolated homes in the open countryside; greater protection for trees and historic statues and plaques; clarifying that neighbourhood
The Government has published a consultation paper proposing the reform of the Right to Contest in England which enables the public and others to request that publicly owned land is sold where it is unused or underused. The aim is to make it easier for individuals and groups, including town and parish councils, to identify,
New legislation to protect historic monuments at risk of removal has been announced by the Government. The Government has announced new laws and regulations to protect England’s cultural and historic heritage. This includes that all unlisted historic plaques, memorials or monuments will now require full permission to be removed. Further information can be found here.
Town Halls are architectural icons from an era of optimism and utopia, which aimed to give power back to local communities. Whilst the buildings still carry those founding principles, there is a perception that they have lost their connection to the community and many have fallen into disrepair. Local Authorities are increasingly finding inventive ways
The SLCC has submitted its response to the UK government consultation on their Planning for the Future White Paper (August 2020). We have listened to the views and concerns of our membership and submitted a detailed and robust submission to MHCLG. The SLCC will continue to lobby on your behalf on all issues of importance
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.
New Government guidance on neighbourhood planning encourages principal councils to pass on higher Community Infrastructure Levy share to parish councils and others where neighbourhood plan referendums have been postponed due to Coronavirus Recognising that the postponement of neighbourhood plan referendums ‘due to COVID-19, may have an impact on the level of neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy
For those of you involved in or considering developing a neighbourhood plan, the SLCC bookshop now has an important resource in stock. ‘The Power of Neighbourhood Planning’ by Peter Edwards is a comprehensive read which guides you through the whole process and answers important questions – how does a neighbourhood plan get off the ground?
Government consults on short-terms changes to the planning system in addition to those set out in the Planning White Paper. The Government is consulting on shorter-term changes to planning policy and regulations In England. These are in addition to the wider reform to the planning system as set out in the Planning White Paper ‘Planning