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Keep The Arc Lights Burning

The Government-apos-s latest publication on the so-called Oxford-Cambridge Arc is a very odd document. It announces itself as an opportunity to work with communities and local partners, but only so as to develop a plan for growth. Given the unsustainable level and form of growth already mooted for t...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 22 February 2021

The Arc And Tranquillity

Writing about the English landscape in the 1950s, W.G. Hoskins remarked that the price of solitude was eternal vigilance. Seventy years later, solitude is a lost cause in most of the crowded south-east corner of England. Paradoxically, however, and for various reasons, loneliness has increased. To ...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 19 February 2021

A Level Planning Field

If a society is to function smoothly and fairly, one necessity is an adequate level of health among the majority of its population. For this reason, the medical profession, human and institutional, is of huge importance. It is part of the critical infrastructure of a nation. And for this reason too,...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 26 January 2021

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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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