OK, time to confess: I’m presenting a seminar tomorrow, an update on changes to the planning system, and I’ve only just read the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). I’ve read it before, of course – well bits of it – but this is the first time I’ve sat down with a cup of coffee (OK, it was a glass of red wine) and read it through from cover to cover in one sitting. It took me just over an hour but it was an hour well spent because – and this is where I come off the fence (and it feels more like coming out of the closet!) – I think it’s great! 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 →
Excellent news on Friday that Steep Hill Lincoln won the AoU Great Street Award and congratulations to the Lincoln team who presented Steep Hill to the Assessors.
If you picked up my post about being part of the European City Award assessment panel you may be aware that I was also part of the assessment panel for Steep Hill – although because our offices are so close to Steep Hill and because Lynette Swinburne (Globe Associate) and I were previously responsible for the co-ordination and management of The Historic Lincoln Partnership I chose not to submit my scores but provided my assessment comments for consideration by the other panel members. 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 →
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