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Planning news – 22 October 2020

by on October 23, 2020

People should live ‘never more than 10 minutes’ from basic facilities
When designing neighbourhoods, the aspiration should be for everyone to live within a five-minute walk of ‘significant’ green space or a park and ‘never be more than 10 minutes’ from basic facilities.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Council upgrades planning tools to improve customer service
Derbyshire County Council has begun using a suite of planning tools as it seeks to deliver a customer-focused service that can respond more quickly to changes in planning legislation.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

London council is keen to be pilot for digital planning
Councillors at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council have given their support to plans for the government’s plans for better digital engagement and online local plans.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Julie James outlines changes to compulsory purchase orders
Welsh housing minister Julie James has announced changes to planning policy that allow councils to compulsorily purchase empty houses and vacant land.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Strategic development plan regime shapes up in Wales
The Welsh Government launched a consultation this week on the policy intent of regulations for the new-look strategic development plan (SDP) regime, which is designed to introduce a de facto regional element to the planning system.
Roger Milne, The Planner

News round-up
• Firm to conduct feasibility study for Peterborough masterplan
• Winery building approved
• Doncaster rental homes to go ahead
• ilke Homes to regenerate Nottingham site
• London housing association to review safety of development
• Application submitted for Ellesmere development
• National Lottery funding to support revamp of town hall
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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