The coalition’s housing strategy was released today. I’ve not yet read the Laying The Foundations document in full, but the headline measures appear to be: Read more →
With the Queen finally signing off the Localism Bill on Tuesday this week (15th November) it has now become The Localism Act 2011. You can download a helpful “plain English guide” here or if you really want to plough through the whole thing you can do so here . We’ll be making sure we get our heads round it all as quickly as we can – so you can look out for updates here. Read more →
Following on from last week’s news that government funding could go straight to local communities to help them produce neighbourhood plans, today’s Planning Blog has an interesting contribution from Michael Donnelly (Planning’s senior online editor) who was actually present at the conference. It always helps to know what someone who heard things first hand (first ear?) thought, so here’s Michael’s blog in full: Read more →
I admit to often grumbling about the painfully slow pace of local authority plan making, particularly in Lincolnshire where we do a lot of our planning work. However, some of the work being prepared for the Central Lincolnshire Joint Planning Unit – or JPU – has persuaded me that sometimes there are good reasons for this tardiness. Read more →
“Planning” reports today (9th November 2011) that a Department for Communities and Local Government official speaking at the Action for Market Towns symposium in London said that ministers “were certainly thinking of considering the option” of providing funds for preparing neighbourhood plans direct to local communities, rather than routing these through higher tier councils. Read more →
My faith in British urban life has been restored – after a weekend in Brighton!
Our visit – to attend a conference – just happened to coincide with “White Night”. No, I’d never heard of it before either but now I’ve discovered it I want to go back for more – and help spread it to other UK cities too. No longer shall I be one of those who complain that continental cities always do it so much better! Read more →
Consultation on the NPPF ended last week yet Whitehall has continued to find itself deflecting criticism about the reforms. I, personally, have been quite fascinated by the lively debates that the consultation’s sparked and at times I’ve even found my own views on what I believe the fundamental principles of planning to be, challenged.
But, away from the academic side of things, this recent coverage of the planning reforms coupled with the high profile shenanigans at Dale Farm, got me wondering what effect it’s all had on the public’s perception of planning. Read more →
Guest Post from Ann Wallis, Director of Culture Partners.
Folkestone may not be the first place that springs to mind when public art work commissioned from UK and international artists is mentioned. However……
My recent visit to the Folkestone Triennial in the company of fellow Academicians from the Academy of Urbanism, certainly did not disappoint. This second arts triennial once again focused on reclaiming, enhancing and enlivening spaces and the public realm through a curated collection of work commissioned from an impressive roster of acclaimed UK and international artists. Read more →
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