Monthly Archives: July 2011

Reform of town and village greens registration system

The Department Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has launched a consultation on proposals for reforming the registration system for town and village greens. The proposals in the consultation will not prevent the protection of any existing registered greens. Any changes to the registration system will not bring the designation of new greens to an end. The law relating to greens is complex and there is concern that some registration applications are used to hinder legitimate development. Once a green is registered it cannot be developed, irrespective of any planning permission or allocation in a local plan. DEFRA’s consultation asks whether the registration system can strike “a better balance between protecting quality green spaces valued by local people and securing … Continue reading

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London Plan published

The London Plan the overall strategic plan for London has been published. It sets out a fully integrated economic, environmental, transport and social framework for the development of the capital to 2031. It forms part of the development plan for Greater London.  London boroughs’ local plans need to be in general conformity with the London Plan, and its policies guide decisions on planning applications by councils and the Mayor.Copies can be downloaded here. For help on this or any other plan call Mick or Gareth on 01282 872570, or email your query. All our initial advice is free.     ©Kirkwells Town Planners and Sustainable Development Consultants based at the Lancashire Digital Technology Centre in Burnley Research • Planning … Continue reading

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Small businesses and Planning

The Federation of Small Businesses has published a report on Small Businesses and Planning. Based on a survey of FSB members the report seeks a planning system that reduces barriers for small businesses, and allows them a greater say in local planning. The reports key recommendations are: For Government to work closely with small businesses to ensure the measures introduced in the new planning system properly address the planning barriers small businesses face. Provide greater clarity on the role of Local Economic Partnerships (LEPs), and ensure small businesses are properly represented on LEPs. Ensure the new presumption in favour of sustainable development is streamlined and free of unnecessary delay. Adopt a town centre first approach in national policy. Consider carefully … Continue reading

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Government welcomes new action plan on Self Build

Housing Minister, Grant Shapps, has welcomed the Action Plan of the National Self Build Association (NaSBA), and other industry experts. This recommends a number of actions that could be implemented to promote self build. If you are thinking of building your own home Kirkwells can help you in a number of ways. From finding a site, to planning approvals, and appeals, to design, renewable energy and other aspects of sustainable development. If you want to discuss your needs call Claire on 01282 872570, or email Claire and she will call you back for an informal chat. If you are interested in the National Association of Self Build Action Plan it can be downloaded here.   ©Kirkwells Town Planners and Sustainable … Continue reading

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Design Council CABE: more support for neighbourhood planning

Design Council CABE have announced a new grant programme: Neighbourhood Project Small Grant Programme. This programme will provide design expertise and support by providing grants to not-for-profit organisations. The grants of up to £7,000 aim to: Improve design quality by providing support to neighbourhood projects (relating to the emerging planning system); Explore new ways of working between Design Council CABE and organisations that support local groups or projects; and Share learning on the best ways to deliver local design support. To find out more visit the Design Council CABE web site. To discuss this, or any of your other neighbourhood planning needs call Mick on 01282 872572, or email.     ©Kirkwells Town Planners and Sustainable Development Consultants based at … Continue reading

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