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Beautiful Dreamers

Like all prime ministers, Theresa May is worrying about her legacy and one positive item she has been quick to cite is the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission which recently published its interim report. The PM had asked the Commission to develop proposals for embedding beautiful, sustain...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 14 July 2019

Being Really Truthful

ICYMI, acronyms are a growing feature of the way we converse. Long a staple of the armed forces, they now pervade every aspect of our communication. Happily there are now websites devoted to explaining every new acronym the moment it joins the information superhighway. And talking of highways, one w...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 04 July 2019

What We Can Learn From History

I have been reading the letters of the Younger Pliny. If that sounds pretentious, it is rather. But there is a reason for it. We recently returned from a week-long holiday in southern Italy, in my case travelling with a twinge of -apos-flygskam-apos-, or flight shame, though clearly not enough. The ...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 15 June 2019

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Resourcing challenge for brownfield registers

Added on 12 December 2017

Preparation of local authority brownfield registers will need substantially wider resources as current levels risk missing many sites, especially smaller ones.

The finding is part of a report by the Campaign to Protect Rural England on unlocking the registers’ potential. It covers research by HTA Design into implementation of the Brownfield Land Register Regulations 2017 under which English planning authorities must complete registers by the end of the year.

Case studies suggest councils are simply adding the activity on to strategic housing land availability assessments rather than using it as a tool to drive identification of brownfield sites. The task has fallen on overworked planning staff and innovative practices and engagement with community groups has been limited.

“The findings of this research also highlight there is uncertainty around the purpose of the brownfield land register – whether it is to provide accurate data on the amount of brownfield land available for redevelopment, or whether it is a planning mechanism which can be used to provide certainty to developers that brownfield sites are suitable for housing led-development,” says the report.

There are also concerns that the permission-in-principle route to planning consent which the Part 2 registers provide will undermine departmental revenues. The report recommends an early review of the register process.

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