1. Consultation on local authority parking

2. Call for Papers & Registration - International Heritage Crime Conference, Centre for Heritage, University of Kent at Canterbury 23-24 June 2014.

3. Scam email is currently being sent to people fraudulently claiming to be from Royal Mail – Thanks to Steve Trigg for this.

4. Police publish cultural heritage security report – Thanks to Mark Harrison, English Heritage for this.

5. English Heritage New Model Consultation - Thanks to Mark Harrison, English Heritage for this.

6. Neighbourhood planning: edition 8

7. HCA Newsletter

8. Switched on Products - Light Switch Timer.

9. Autumn Statement round-up

10. A guide to Fire and Security Protection in Multi-Occupied Residential Properties – Thanks to Gareth Pemberton, West Midlands Police for this.

11. Ending gang and youth violence: review 2012 to 2013

12. Planning Use Class Orders - Commons Library Standard Note

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1. Consultation on local authority parking

The consultation period began on 6 December 2013 and will run until 14 February 2014. This consultation document invites your views on current local authority parking strategies and specifically on options the Government is considering to change the balance of how parking is enforced with the aim of ensuring that parking strategies complement and enhance the attractiveness of our high streets and town centres. As a first step the Secretary of State for Transport is announcing today that parking penalty charge levels will be frozen for the remainder of this Parliament. In addition under new requirements laid out in the Transparency Code of Practice published by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, all local authorities will be required to make clear all revenues from parking in annual reports and where that revenue goes. More at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/263815/parking-consultation.pdf

2. Call for Papers & Registration - International Heritage Crime Conference, Centre for Heritage, University of Kent at Canterbury 23-24 June 2014.
Please see attached document from Mark Harrison of English Heritage.

3. Scam email is currently being sent to people fraudulently claiming to be from Royal Mail – Thanks to Steve Trigg for this.

The email states that Royal Mail is holding an item for the customer. The subject header is ‘Mail – Lost/Missing Package’ and reads:

“Royal Mail have detained your package for some reason (for example, lack of a proper invoice, bill of sale, or other documentation, a possible trademark violation or if the package requires formal entry). The RM International Mail Branch holding it will notify you of the reason for detention (in writing) and how you can get it released”.

The email then asks the recipient to open up an attachment to complete a document. It is believed that the attachment contains a zip file with a malicious virus.

Royal Mail is aware of the scam and is taking action to protect customers from these fraudsters. Royal Mail state that they will never:

• Send an email asking for credit card numbers or other personal or confidential information;

• Ask customers to enter information on a page that isn’t part of the Royal Mail website;

• Include attachments unless the email was solicited by a customer e.g. the customer has contacted Royal Mail with an enquiry or has signed up for updates from Royal Mail.

Lincolnshire Police working with the Royal Mail and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau advise customers NOT to open the attachment if they receive this email and to report the scam email to Action Fraud by calling the 0300 123 2040 or via the web reporting template at www.actionfraud.police.uk

Advice regarding the scam can also be found on the Royal Mail website at: http://www.royalmail.com/personal/help-and-support/I-think-Ive-had-an-email-from-a-company-pretending-to-be-royal-mail

4. Police publish cultural heritage security report – Thanks to Mark Harrison, English Heritage for this.

A major new Police report suggests forming a national intelligence database to help combat crime against heritage and cultural assets. The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has launched a major new report on crime against heritage and cultural assets. The report contains recommendations as how best to tackle crimes against the historic environment and cultural property, including a new national intelligence database, and has the support of English Heritage.

The National Policing Strategic Assessment of Heritage and Cultural Property Crime (HCPC), has been developed through the national HCPC working group, which is led by ACPO. The working group brings together interested parties and agencies to work together to combat this type of crime and apply the most current techniques.

The Assessment report suggests measures such as:

· Establishing a national intelligence database dedicated to tackling HCPC

· Establishing a national network of HCPC liaison officers

· Developing HCPC awareness guides for all front line police officers

· Developing bespoke crime prevention advice to tackle HCPC

It also suggests establishing a national HCPC awards event to recognise good practice.

More at: http://www.mandh-online.com/news/content/2128/police_publish_cultural_heritage_security_report

Heritage and Cultural Property Crime, National Policing Strategic Assessment 2013 report at: http://www.acpo.police.uk/documents/crime/2013/201311-cba-heritage-cult-prop-strat-assmnt.pdf

5. English Heritage New Model Consultation - Thanks to Mark Harrison, English Heritage for this.

The government is supporting the creation a new charity to run the National Heritage Collection with an £80 million investment. This ambitious funding programme will allow a series of investments that will improve conservation of historic sites. Visitors will also benefit by being able to view these heritage sites in the manner they deserve. Through this programme, the charity will be able to grow its income and become self-financing by 2023, while the Collection will of course remain in public ownership. This proposal is not just about the Collection. It is also an opportunity to develop the other services provided by English Heritage which help everyone to understand, value and care for our wider historic environment and ensure its position at the heart of sustainable growth. So as part of this process we have also thought about the future priorities and opportunities for the part of English Heritage that will continue to deliver planning and conservation services and advice. In the consultation we are particularly interested on your views regarding the proposed benefits of this proposal, measuring success and the priorities for both organisations.

Consultation at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/english-heritage-new-model-consultation

6. Neighbourhood planning: edition 8

Bulletin from the government's neighbourhood planning team about latest news and policy developments, is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/264655/Notes_on_NP_8.pdf

7. HCA Newsletter
The newsletter for 12th December 2013 is available at: http://email.homesandcommunities.co.uk/communique/static/2663/17433862

8. Switched on Products - Light Switch Timer.
This is an SBD product from an SBD licensed company and to win one go to: http://thecrimepreventionwebsite.com/home/718/switched-on-competition/

9. Autumn Statement round-up

Last week’s Autumn Statement by Chancellor George Osborne revealed the Government’s appetite for further planning reforms and initiatives. The Chancellor’s pronouncements included a £1bn commitment over the next six years to unlock new large housing sites and moves to make it easier for local authorities to borrow to fund new housing development. There were measures to help the High Street financially as well as development control proposals which would allow change of use from retail to restaurant or leisure uses, and remove restrictions on mezzanine floors in retail premises, where this supports town centres. There was also a proposal that a council would be designated as under-performing if fewer than 40 per cent of decisions are made on time. Currently the trigger point is 30 per cent. The Chancellor also signalled plans to change the New Homes Bonus by withdrawing payments where local authorities objected to development and schemes are approved on appeal. The Department for Communities and Local Government will shortly be consulting on a new 10-house threshold for section 106 affordable housing arrangements. Also to come is a review of the role of local authorities in housing supply. Promised is consultation on measures to improve plan making, including “introducing a statutory requirement to put a local plan in place” and new legislation which will mean that where a local authority has failed to discharge a planning condition on time, it will be treated as approved. Also in the pipeline are moves to reduce “unnecessary” statutory consultations. In addition ministers want to develop a pilot scheme which would mean a “share of the benefits of development would be passed directly to individual households". The Coalition confirmed last week that a specialist planning court will be established. And it fired the starting gun on its review of the infrastructure planning regime established by the Planning Act 2008. Read the Department for Communities and Local Government news release. Find out more about the Autumn Statement.

10. A guide to Fire and Security Protection in Multi-Occupied Residential Properties – Thanks to Gareth Pemberton, West Midlands Police for this.
This 2012 updated guide is available to download at: http://homestamp.com/landlords/fire-and-security-protection/

11. Ending gang and youth violence: review 2012 to 2013

Review supplementing the findings presented in the ending gang and youth violence annual report 2013.
Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ending-gang-and-youth-violence-review-2012-to-2013

12. Planning Use Class Orders - Commons Library Standard Note

The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 puts uses of land and buildings into various categories known as “Use Classes”. The categories give an indication of the types of use which may fall within each use class. The latest House of Commons note re this is attached.