Tag Archives: Community Right to Build

Community Right to Build Off to Slow Start

Planning picked up on the very slow start to community take-up of the Community Right to Build. Something the Government have pushed both through their rhetoric and allocation of the public finances. Thus far, only 4 applications have been submitted. When asked why? Locality, in part, charged with supporting this initiative on DCLG’s behalf, opined – well there have been 900 enquiries about Right to Build. But at 0.004% that is a pretty poor conversion rate. OK. And we do think that this is the main reason – it is early days for Community Right to Build. And we had the good fortune to be asked for expert opinion on this by Planning. Even to the point of publishing this juicy morsel. “Grant Shapps seemed to … Continue reading

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Kirkwells’ Neighbourhood Planning News June Issue Out Now

The latest issue of our Neighbourhood Planning News magazine is out now. Just click the download at the bottom of the page. In June’s issue you can read about: Community Right to Build Orders; The first successful Portas Pilots; Solving the referendum question; Neighbourhood Planning in Buckingham, Daws Hill, and Dawlish; Launch of the RTPI’s Planning Aid’s Neighbourhood Planning Forum; and Neighbourhood Planning Designation for non-parished areas. Download Kirkwells’ Neighbourhood Planning News Issue 2 June 2012 Final Version, or subscribe. To find out more about how we can support your neighbourhood plan call 01282 872570.    ©Kirkwells Town Planners and Sustainable Development Consultants based at the Lancashire Digital Technology Centre in Burnley www.kirkwells.co.uk Research • Planning Policy • Site Search • … Continue reading

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Help for your Community Right to Build Project

Housing Minister Grant Shapps has launched the Government’s Community Right to Build initiative. Community Right to Build puts the power to grant planning permission firmly in the hands of communities. Under Community Right to Build, communities will be able to approve new local developments by preparing a Community Right to Build Order. Once prepared such an Order would automatically grant planning permission for a certain type of development: family houses to sell or rent community halls homes designed specifically to meet the needs of older people children playgrounds; and shops and business facilities A Community Right to Build Order would have to meet certain criteria, for example be in a designated neighbourhood planning area, and have the backing of more than 50 … Continue reading

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Localism Act: Power Shift from Whitehall to Communities

The Localism Bill has become law. The Localism Act will trigger the biggest transfer of power in a generation, releasing councils and communities from the grip of central government. The Localism Act puts a number of new rights and powers at the disposal of local councils and people to take charge of their future. Some of the key changes for local councils include: Clarifying the rules on predetermination in order to free up councillors to express their opinions on issues of local importance without the fear of legal challenge Introducing new planning enforcement rules, giving councils the ability to take action against people who deliberately conceal unauthorised development Increasing powers for councils to remove illegal advertisements and graffiti and prevent … Continue reading

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Community Right to Build

Today, Housing Minister Grant Shapps called on local communities to start “laying the foundations” for Community Right to Build schemes. He also announced this proposal would be extended to urban as well as rural areas. Community Right to Build would allow communities to come together, sometimes with the support of developers to build the homes, shops and other facilities they need. Click on the link below to read the full statement. If you area community thinking of getting together to look at Community Right to Build and need advice give us a call on 01282 972570 or email your questions to Mick – we are happy to give our advice. You can download a copy of the Government e-leaflet on … Continue reading

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