Building more homes on brownfield land

The CLA response to this consultation suggests that the fundamental problem to be grappled with is the lack of planning authorities who do not have up to date local plans in conformity with the NPPF which is hampering the delivery of the housing and employment.  The CLA has requested that the issue of viability of remediating brownfield land should be added to the criteria that are applied to define land suitable for new housing.

Building more homes on brownfield land

The CLA response to this consultation suggests that the fundamental problem to be grappled with is the lack of planning authorities who do not have up to date local plans in conformity with the NPPF which is hampering the delivery of the housing and employment.  The CLA has requested that the issue of viability of remediating brownfield land should be added to the criteria that are applied to define land suitable for new housing.

Draft Action Plan for the New Historic England

From 1 April 2015, the regulatory and advisory responsibilities of English Heritage will pass to a new body, Historic England (while the management of English Heritage's properties simultaneously passes to a new charity).  The CLA has already commented on the draft Corporate Plan for Historic England.  Those comments, and these on the draft Action Plan, generally welcome most of what is actually in the drafts, but are stongly critical of serious gaps and the lack of any apparent underlying analysis.  In particular, the Plans do not take adequate account of the dramatic changes in the landscape of heritage protection in the last decade, and the likelihood of further adverse change.  The CLA responses in particular call on Historic England to develop a proper evidence base, to develop an effective core message, to work much more closely with its stakeholders, and to accept and to lead reform of the fast-declining heritage protection system so that it can protect heritage more effectively in future.

Historic England's draft Corporate Plan (2014)

Historic England will, from April 2015, be one of the two successor bodies to English Heritage, and will be responsible for what are now English Heritage's regulatory and advisory functions.  This CLA response to its draft corporate plan welcomes most of what is in the draft, but is strongly critical of gaps in the plan.  In particular, it does not take adequate account of the dramatic changes in the landscape of heritage protection in the last decade, and the likelihood of further adverse change.  The response in particular calls on Historic England to work more closely with its stakeholders, and to accept and to lead reform of the fast-declining heritage protection system so that it can protect heritage more effectively in future.

Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning

After many years of CLA lobbying, there is now sound national planning policy on heritage in the 2012 National Planning Policy Framework and 2014 National Planning Practice Guidance.  English Heritage intends, beneath that Government policy and guidance, to issue a number of Good Practice Advice Notes, and Technical Advice Notes below those.  This consultation asked for comments on the three main Good Practice Advice Notes. 

Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning (2014)

After many years of CLA lobbying, there is now sound national planning policy on heritage in the 2012 National Planning Policy Framework and 2014 National Planning Practice Guidance.  English Heritage intends, beneath that Government policy and guidance, to issue a number of Good Practice Advice Notes, and Technical Advice Notes below those.  This consultation asked for comments on the three main Good Practice Advice Notes. 

The operation of the National Planning Policy Framework

The CLA's submission to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee Inquiry into the National Planning Policy Framework suggests that an inquiry at this juncture is too early.  Notwithstanding this concern the CLA set out some comments on the difficulty of getting the NPPF correctly implemented in rural areas.  We also commented on other planning policy matters of concern including: Green Belt, Community Infrastructure Levy, Permitted Development Rights, Housing undersupply, Duty to cooperate, Neighbourhood Planning, and Renewable Energy.

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