This week’s updates are:

1. Reverse Graffiti project launched in Dorchester

2. New Network Rail Suicide Prevention Hotline for staff launched

3. Review of the operation of injunctions to prevent gang-related violence

4. Ending gang and youth violence: annual report 2013

5. Does legislation to prevent alcohol sales to drunk individuals work? Measuring the propensity for night-time sales to drunks in a UK city

6. Domestic Security Lighting part 6: light fittings

7. Solar Farm Planning Guidance – Thanks to Peter Bennett, TVP for this.

8. Affordable sector completions now on the rise

9. Local alcohol action areas

10. Government acts over bids to thwart office-to-homes conversions – Thanks to Mark Montgomery, Hertfordshire for this

11. Dedicated Planning Court pledged by summer

12. Core strategies in trouble

13. Time called as pubs become shops

14. ACPO & NBCF definition of “Business Crime”

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1. Reverse Graffiti project launched in Dorchester
County town artist Peter Sheridan helped launch the ‘good graffiti’ project under the railway bridge along Damers Road in the county town on Saturday 25 January. Using a Reverse Graffiti method which involves cleaning off areas using stencils and brushes, so no paint involved. The project ran from 10am to 4pm as part of a scheme aimed to reduce vandalism and unsightly graffiti by channelling the talents and energy of those who want to do street art into something positive.
More at: http://www.railcommunitysafety.com/News/Pages/Reverse-Graffiti-project-launched-in-Dorchester.aspx

2. New Network Rail Suicide Prevention Hotline for staff launched
A new suicide prevention hotline number was launched on 17 January 2014. The new number has been introduced to enhance the response the British Transport Police (BTP) can provide in emergency situations where it is thought that someone is about to take their own life. Calling the new number will connect you directly with BTP controllers and ensure that BTP officers coordinate the response to your call. This is important because BTP officers have particular training and expertise which allows them to work safely and efficiently in railway environments and in cooperation with railway personnel. The BTP also has particular force policy and procedures which specify how incidents involving suicidal people should be dealt with. Local police forces do not follow the same policies and procedures, and do not generally have the ready access to NHS advice and intelligence that BTP has. Controllers answering the hotline number will be aware of the necessary actions and procedures they need to adopt and communicate in order to minimise the risks to life. Click here to access the FAQs document. This document provides background information to the new Suicide Prevention Hotline number and clarify some key questions. More at: http://www.railcommunitysafety.com/News/Pages/New-Suicide-Prevention-Hotline-for-staff-launched.aspx

3. Review of the operation of injunctions to prevent gang-related violence
A review of part 4 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009 on injunctions to prevent gang-related violence, is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/review-of-the-operation-of-injunctions-to-prevent-gang-related-violence

4. Ending gang and youth violence: annual report 2013
This report brings together the findings of the government's review of the ending gang and youth violence programme's first year, and is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ending-gang-and-youth-violence-annual-report-2013

5. Does legislation to prevent alcohol sales to drunk individuals work? Measuring the propensity for night-time sales to drunks in a UK city
A Study by John Moores University Centre for Public Health results showed that 83.6% of purchase attempts resulted in a sale of alcohol to a pseudo-intoxicated actor. Alcohol sales increased with the number of poorly managed and problematic bars had, yet even in those with no markers, 66.7% of purchase attempts resulted in a sale. Bar servers often recognised signs of drunkenness in actors, but still served them. In 18% of alcohol sales, servers attempted to up-sell by suggesting actors purchase double rather than single vodkas.

Conclusions UK law preventing sales of alcohol to drunks is routinely broken in nightlife environments, yet prosecutions are rare. Nightlife drunkenness places enormous burdens on health and health services. Preventing alcohol sales to drunks should be a public health priority, while policy failures on issues, such as alcohol pricing, are revisited.

The full report is available at: http://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2014/01/03/jech-2013-203287.short?g=w_jech_ahead_tab

6. Domestic Security Lighting part 6: light fittings
Article in CRP news at: http://www.crp-news.com/htm/n20140123.625901.htm

7. Solar Farm Planning Guidance – Thanks to Peter Bennett, TVP for this.
This guide issued by BRE in October 2013 is attached. There is a section on security at page 12.

8. Affordable sector completions now on the rise
NHBC data for the three months to the end of January 2014 shows 24,800 housing starts, 20.1% above the same period in 2013. The affordable sector (up 25.7%) performed relatively stronger than the private sector (up 18.1%). The data also showed 28,800 homes completed in the three month period, 16.8% more than the same period in 2013 (private sector 19.3% increase, affordable sector 9.0% increase). Meanwhile plots under construction now sit at 135,400, 9.4% higher compared to the same time last year.
Another statistic is that below ground water proofing failures on builds since 2005, have cost the industry in the region of £21 million, affecting nearly 890 homes.

9. Local alcohol action areas
Presents the 20 LAAAs (local alcohol action areas), as announced in February 2014, and the aims of each area. More at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-alcohol-action-areas

10. Government acts over bids to thwart office-to-homes conversions – Thanks to Mark Montgomery, Hertfordshire for this
Two councils have been named in Parliament for misapplying Article 4 directions in a bid to prevent office-to-home conversions under new permitted development rights introduced last year. The planning authorities – Islington Council in London and Broxbourne Borough Council in Hertfordshire – were named in a Commons statement by Planning Minister Nick Boles who said that a small minority of town halls were “trying to undermine” Government policy designed to provide more homes. In his Commons statement the minister said he was aware of eight local authorities having issued Article 4 directions to remove the new right, with some applying across the entire authority and others applying to specific areas. He said his department was writing to Islington and Broxbourne to request they consider reducing the extent of their Article 4 directions so that they were “more targeted". He stressed: “Ministers are minded to cancel Article 4 directions which seek to re-impose unjustified or blanket regulation, given the clearly stated public policy goal of liberalising the planning rules and helping provide more homes.” He also said that national planning practice guidance would be updated to clarify how councils should apply tests to determine applications for prior approval for office to home conversions. "In some instances, authorities do not appear to have applied the correctly intended tests to determine applications for prior approval and have sought to levy developer contributions where they are not appropriate," he told MPs.
Read the ministerial statement.

A response from Broxbourne Borough Council is at:http://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/Cheshunt-and-Waltham/Broxbourne-Council-warned-by-Government-over-planning-rules-20140213090000.htm

11. Dedicated Planning Court pledged by summer
Legal disputes over major developments will be fast-tracked for consideration by a new Planning Court which will be established by this summer, the Government has announced.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) confirmed that initiative as well as plans to press ahead with a number of flagship reforms to judicial review as the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill was introduced to Parliament. A specialist Planning Court will be created within the High Court to deal with an estimated 400 planning cases including those relating to nationally significant infrastructure projects.

Appeals will be able to ‘leapfrog’ directly to the Supreme Court in a wider range of circumstances by expanding the criteria for such appeals, removing the requirement for consent of both parties, and allowing more leapfrog appeals to be brought from more courts and tribunals. More at: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/general/news/stories/2014/february14/130214/130214_2

12. Core strategies in trouble
A number of core strategies were facing difficulties this week: a Suffolk development plan is braced for further legal challenge; one in Buckinghamshire has been formally withdrawn; and a blueprint in Nottinghamshire has been criticised by the planning inspector carrying out its examination. Suffolk Coastal District Council’s core strategy faces further uncertainty now campaigners who went to the High Court and lost have signalled their intention to appeal. The No Adastral New Town (NANT) group are proposing further court action over the core strategy because the development plan includes policies for the provision of 2,000 new homes south and east of Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath. Aylesbury Vale District Council has formally withdrawn its draft core strategy after the planning inspector examining it concluded that the planning authority had failed to demonstrate it had fulfilled the duty to cooperate with neighbouring authorities. There were also question marks over soundness in respect of housing provision and jobs. In the case of Ashfield District Council’s local plan, in Nottinghamshire, the planning inspector has requested an urgent meeting to discuss concerns over the way the local authority has exercised the duty to cooperate and handled issues surrounding housing provision, Green Belt policy and the plan period. In a related development, a planning inspector has told Leeds City Council to carry out a full review of its Green Belt policy in its draft core strategy because of concern over housing provision.
More at: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/general/news/stories/2014/february14/130214/130214_4

13. Time called as pubs become shops
Research conducted by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has shown that two pubs a week were converted to supermarkets during 2012 and 2013. The figures, based on national research carried out by CAMRA’s members, identified 208 pubs which have been converted to supermarkets since January 2012. Read the CAMRA press release.

14. ACPO & NBCF definition of “Business Crime”
The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), together with the National Business Crime Forum (NBCF), have announced that a definition of business crime has now been formally agreed. It is widely understood that a minimum of 15 per cent of all crime is related to business crime. The definition, adopted for the purposes of national crime recording, can be defined as:
“Business crime is any criminal offence that is committed against a person or property which is associated by the connection of that person or property to a business. This can be condensed to reflect the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) definition of business crime, given that it represents any crime in, around or against a business. This is based on the perception of the victim at the time of reporting of the offence.”. More at: http://www.acpo.presscentre.com/Press-Releases/ACPO-and-NBCF-definition-of-business-crime-2a6.aspx