The Neighbourhood Planning Bill makes a number of changes to compulsory purchase legislation and during its debate in the Commons MPs put forward further changes to the Bill in relation to compulsory purchase which the CLA supported. This briefing highlights those proposed changes and explains to MPs why they should be introduced.
In advance of MPs debating the Neighbourhood Planning Bill for the first time the CLA sent a briefing to MPs highlighting areas of the Bill which would impact on rural businesses. The briefing set out the CLA’s views on the proposed changes to pre commencement planning conditions and compulsory purchase.
Good national heritage planning policy and guidance is important, making sympathetic change easier, and harmful change more difficult. With other stakeholders the CLA has secured a complete review of Welsh policy and guidance. The new underlying guidance drafted by Cadw (which had much CLA input) is generally good, though the CLA response makes some suggestions for improvement. (For the new policy, see the separate 2016 consultations).
This handbook deals with the legislation set out in Part 5 of the Localism Act 2011 and the Assets of Community Value (England) Regulations 2012. This legislation provides a local community with a right to identify buildings or other land that it believes to be of importance to the community’s wellbeing.
This briefing note explains the elements of the Housing and Planning Act that relate to Starter Homes, measures introduced to improve standards in the private rented sector and abandonment.
Good national heritage planning policy is very important for CLA members and others who look after heritage, making the sympathetic change needed to give heritage a future easier, and harmful change more difficult. The new 2016 consultation draft of the historic environment chapter of Planning Policy Wales is an improvement on the previous 2002 version, but this CLA response says that it still represents an old approach which is not in keeping with modern international conservation good practice, with Cadw's adopted Conservation Principles, or with the Well-being of Future Generations Act's Resilient Wales goal ("to support.... resilience and the capacity to adapt to change"). The CLA is also commenting on a new Technical Advice Note and other new heritage guidance.
This Briefing Note provides a summary of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 Part 6 Planning for England and includes CLA commentary.
This guidance note provides an explanation of what constitutes commencement of development by reference to the definition of "material operations".
CLA's response to the Local Plans Expert Group's report to the government.
This was a DCLG consultation and our response built upon meetings that we have already had with DCLG and Defra on rural planning. We called for more flexible permitted development rights for agricultural buildings, barn conversions, and on farm reservoirs. There was a need for up to date local plans that addressed the needs of the rural area, and also introducing “planning permission in principle” for certain development. We called for clarity that agricultural development should be exempt for CIL, and opposed local planning fee setting as this could be used to deter applications or lead to disproportionate charges.