Briefing Note: EUROPEAN STRUCTURAL AND INVESTMENT FUND (ESIF): THE GROWTH PROGRAMME

 The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced, on 27 July, a £24 million package of grants under the ESIF growth programme. The scheme, administered by the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), initially opened in March with grants totalling £3.6 million in 5 LEPs. The most recent announcement sees calls for grant applications in three areas: tourism (infrastructure and support); small business development and food processing with a budget of over £8 million.

 This briefing note sets out the third tranche of calls made. Please see Briefing Notes RE01/15 and RE02/15 for information on the first and second tranche of calls.

GN45-15 The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulation 2015 - SI 2015 No.1693

These Regulations come into effect on 1st October 2015 and there is no grace period for compliance.  They will place a duty on most landlords of let houses to fit a smoke alarm on each floor and also provide carbon monoxide alarms in rooms with solid fuel burning appliances.  The regulation covers most existing and new tenancies that provide residential accommdation.  It is also a requirement to check these alarms are functioning before a new let.

GN41-15 Deregulation Act 2015 - Retaliatory Eviction

The Deregulation Act 2015 contains several provisions in it that detract from the simplicity of assured shorthold tenancies to date.  This note deals specifically with the issue of retaliatory eviction which the Act seeks to curtail.  The concern that is being addressed is that many tenants feel unable to complain about serious health and safety problems with their accommodation as they fear the landlord would evict them.  The mechanism employed to allay this fear is that if there is found to be a serious issue of disrepair that the landlord does not address sufficiently, the landlord will be prevented for a period of time from obtaining possession under the section 21 procedure of the Housing Act 1988.  The provisions come into effect on 1st October 2015 for all new assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs) granted in England on or after October 1st 2015 and then to all ASTs from October 2018 irrespective of when they started.

Briefing Note: EUROPEAN STRUCTURAL AND INVESTMENT FUND (ESIF): THE GROWTH PROGRAMME

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced, on 27 July, a £24 million package of grants under the ESIF growth programme. The scheme, administered by the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), initially opened in March with grants totalling £3.6 million in 5 LEPs. The most recent announcement will see calls for grant applications in three areas: tourism (infrastructure and support); small business development; and food processing.

Historic Environment (Wales) Bill, policy and guidance

The CLA, though generally supportive of the intentions behind this Bill, is concerned that some of the powers it contains could have unintended consequences for heritage and for its owners, and that strong guidance and potentially amendment are essential if it is to work.  More fundamentally, the CLA criticises the Bill's failure to address the serious, widely-acknowledged, and growing problems in the heritage consent system;  Welsh Government needs to work with stakeholders to devise and implement a system that can work properly in the future.  At the same time, the CLA welcomes proposed changes to Planning Policy Wales and other guidance, although further work is needed on these to ensure that they fully encompass the need for heritage to be viable, relevant, resilient, and sympathetically changed, and the importance of proportionality. 

 

Historic England Enhanced Advisory Services

Historic England is proposing to establish, from July 2015, four new Enhanced Advisory Services, allowing owners to seek fast-track listing of buildings, better list descriptions, or additional pre-application advice beyond a free 15-hour allowance.  This CLA response broadly supports the proposals, but stresses the importance of defining and monitoring the free services - as Historic England has promised - to ensure that its free services do not deteriorate.

Historic England Enhanced Advisory Services (2015)

Historic England is proposing to establish, from July 2015, four new Enhanced Advisory Services, allowing owners to seek fast-track listing of buildings, better list descriptions, or additional pre-application advice beyond a free 15-hour allowance.  This CLA response broadly supports the proposals, but stresses the importance of defining and monitoring the free services - as Historic England has promised - to ensure that its free services do not deteriorate.

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