This week’s updates are:

1. National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG)
2. The Orange wallet
3. HCA Newsletter for 12th March 2014
4. Council to defend itself against PCC’s legal action – Thanks to Jim Shanks, North Yorkshire Police for this.
5. Letter re Planning Inspectors’ report on Local Plans
6. Adult social care in England: overview
7. World Cup licensing hours – Consultation
8. New law will see support extended to 50,000 more prisoners
9. LPCB Security Brochure
10. 90% of new home buyers would recommend their builder
11. Greater flexibilities for change of use – consultation outcome
12. College of Policing Digest, March 2014
13. Housing crisis in English regions ‘near breaking point’
14. CCTV surveillance by your neighbour - Commons Library Standard Note
15. Gutted Norfolk Fire Station had no sprinklers
16. Housing standards review consultation
17. New national planning policy and guidance aims to promote health and reduce inequalities
18. Stephen Williams announces plans to simplify housing standards
19. Housing Standards Review – Message from Jon Cole, SBD

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1. National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG)
Attached are some parts of the design guidance from the new NPPG. Although items have been highlighted to try and assist for easy reference, it is important for all CPDA’s to fully read the NPPG. It is important to stress that this is not a definitive list of what may be useful to you. The site is maintained by DCLG and will be kept up to date and will change over time, which is why revision dates and references are mentioned. It will be important to keep up to date with the site.

2. The Orange wallet
In partnership with local authorities and other public transport providers, Arriva Trains Wales is launching a new communication tool for passengers who may have difficulty with communication. The ‘Orange Wallet’ is one of a range of collaborative regional projects funded by the Welsh Government as part of the ‘All Wales ASD strategy’. It is intended to help people, especially those on the Autistic Spectrum, to cope more easily with public transport. The project is based on schemes already running in Devon and Pembrokeshire. The wallet is a communication tool, which can be used by people who sometimes find it difficult to communicate their needs to staff when using public transport. The wallet contains space for the user to insert written and/or visual prompts to show the conductor, station staff or when buying a ticket at a booking office. Staff on public transport services across Wales will be trained to recognise the wallet and will know to be patient and provide appropriate help. The wallet will be recognised by staff across the Arriva Trains Wales network and by major local bus services including First Cymru, Stagecoach, Cardiff Bus, Newport Bus and Arriva Bus. More at: http://www.railcommunitysafety.com/News/Pages/The-Orange-Wallet-Scheme.aspx

3. HCA Newsletter for 12th March 2014
This is acvailable at: http://email.homesandcommunities.co.uk/communique/static/2701/17737871

4. Council to defend itself against PCC’s legal action – Thanks to Jim Shanks, North Yorkshire Police for this.
A council will go head-to-head with a police and crime commissioner (PCC) in a judicial review of its decision to grant permission for a 4,250-home development. PCC for Leicestershire, Sir Clive Loader, has applied to the High Court to bring judicial review proceedings against Blaby DC. Sir Clive said he was taking action because he believed the development would ‘significantly increase the demand on policing’ in the area. He is challenging the agreement between the council and developer under which the financial contribution towards policing in Leicestershire will not be put in place for ‘very many years’. Council leader, Cllr Ernie White, said: ‘We are naturally disappointed that our partners at Leicestershire Police have considered it appropriate to seek a judicial review of the planning permission, and will take all steps necessary to defend the decision and to achieve the best possible outcome for the people of Blaby and Leicestershire. ‘We are confident in our planning decision making process and consider that the permitted development will provide the infrastructure and services required to deliver a sustainable community at Lubbesthorpe.’
Source: http://www.localgov.co.uk/Council-to-defend-itself-against-commissioners-legal-action/35836

5. Letter re Planning Inspectors’ report on Local Plans
The letter from Planning Minister Nick Boles to Sir Michael Pitt, Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate about inspectors’ reports on local plans. The letter is attached.

6. Adult social care in England: overview
In the first of a series of reports on the adult care system, the National Audit Office has highlighted the main risks and challenges as the system changes radically. The report points out that government does not know if the limits of the capacity of the care system to continue to absorb pressures are being approached. It warns that major changes to the system to improve outcomes and reduce costs will be challenging to achieve. More at: http://www.nao.org.uk/press-releases/adult-social-care-england-overview/

7. World Cup licensing hours – Consultation
The government is consulting on whether to relax licensing hours nationally to mark England’s participation in the FIFA World Cup 2014. The purpose of any national relaxation of licensing hours during the World Cup would be to enable all pubs and other on-trade premises to sell alcohol and late night refreshment to people watching England’s World Cup matches live. Under the Licensing Act 2003, licensed premises can give notice that they intend to extend their hours on a limited basis using the Temporary Event Notice (TENs) system. This system gives the police and environmental health authorities an opportunity to object to a TEN on the basis of the prevention of crime, disorder and public nuisance; public safety; or the protection of children from harm. The deadline for responses is 26 March 2014. More at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/world-cup-licensing-hours

8. New law will see support extended to 50,000 more prisoners
A major gap in the criminal justice system that means 50,000 short-term prisoners walk out of prison with no support is finally being addressed, as the Offender Rehabilitation Bill received Royal Assent 13/04/2014. The new law means that, for the first-time, virtually all offenders will receive at least 12-month’s supervision in the community on release from custody. This crucial change will allow the Government to begin tackling the unacceptably high reoffending rates that have dogged this country for decades.
More at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-law-will-see-support-extended-to-50000-more-prisoners

9. LPCB Security Brochure
This brochure which gives various standards is attached.

10. 90% of new home buyers would recommend their builder
This year's National New Homes Survey carried out by NHBC for the period October 2012 to September 2013, shows that customer satisfaction levels among new home owners remains high with 90% saying they would recommend their builder to a friend and 94% saying they would buy a new build home again.
More at: http://www.hbf.co.uk/policy-activities/customer-satisfaction-survey/2014-results/

11. Greater flexibilities for change of use – consultation outcome
This report provides a summary of the responses to the consultation on ‘Greater flexibilities for change of use’, which closed on 15 October 2013. The report reflects the main points made in the responses and the government response. The report is at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/greater-flexibilities-for-change-of-use

12. College of Policing Digest, March 2014
Available at: http://www.college.police.uk/en/21557.htm

13. Housing crisis in English regions ‘near breaking point’
The housing market in England's regions is near breaking point and the crisis is set to get worse by the end of the decade, the National Housing Federation has warned. In separate reports on the east and south west of England, the NHF said house prices and private rents were increasingly out of reach for local workers. House prices in the east of England have soared 58% in the last 10 years while average salaries have risen just 25%, according to a study of the market in the region, published yesterday. Meanwhile in the south west, prices shot up 55% between 2002 and 2012 but salaries grew only 26%. More at: http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government-news/21-housing-planning/17995-housing-crisis-in-english-regions-near-breaking-point

14. CCTV surveillance by your neighbour - Commons Library Standard Note
Constituents sometimes complain to their MPs that a neighbour’s CCTV camera is “intrusive” and ask what the law says. The use of CCTV in general is regulated by the Data Protection Act 1998. However, the use of cameras for limited household purposes is exempt from the Act, even if the camera overlooks the street or other areas near the home. There are other grounds on which the domestic use of CCTV could be challenged, for example if its use amounted to harassment under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. The relevance of the legislation would depend on the specific circumstances. This Note describes the legislation and refers to the guidance published by the Information Commissioner’s Office. The Commons Library Standard Note is attached.

15. Gutted Norfolk Fire Station had no sprinklers
The fire station destroyed in a blaze in Downham Market had no sprinklers, a senior officer has revealed. Eight fire engines from across Norfolk and Cambridgeshire were called out on Monday after flames were spotted in windows at the local fire station at about 12.30am. More at: http://www.ifsecglobal.com/blaze-norfolk-fire-station-follows-similar-fires-2012-2009/

16. Housing standards review consultation
Summary of responses to the housing standards review consultation which was launched in August 2013 and closed in October 2013.
Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/housing-standards-review-consultation

17. New national planning policy and guidance aims to promote health and reduce inequalities
The impact built environments have on the health of communities is recognised in newly launched national guidance.

More at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-national-planning-policy-and-guidance-aims-to-promote-health-and-reduce-inequalities

18. Stephen Williams announces plans to simplify housing standards
Government plans will make it easier and cheaper to build homes to a high standard. More at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/stephen-williams-announces-plans-to-raise-housing-standards

19. Housing Standards Review – Message from Jon Cole, SBD
You may be aware that the DCLG published a summary of responses to the HSR 13th March 2014, please note the content of pages 64 to 78 of the attached document. The responses were largely supportive of the need for security to be included with some sort of regulation, whether it be a Building Regulation or a via regulatory requirement through the planning system. The Minister, Stephen Williams MP, released a written Ministerial Statement yesterday which included the following statement on security:

“The Government recognises the value of a single minimum security standard for new homes, based on industry’s best practice. The Government is considering the evidence on whether such a standard should be applied to all new homes, as a Building Regulation applied nationally or whether it would be more proportionate if applied on a local basis.”

In effect the above statement, together with two amendments enabling the necessary legislative changes to be made to accommodate the above tabled in Parliament yesterday, clears the way for ‘some sort’ of security to be included in ‘some sort’ of regulation. Whilst this sounds a little vague it is a major step forward i.e. The DCLG has supported the concept of the inclusion of security within regulations, despite significant objections from the development industry. We will be working with the DCLG and the Home Office in the coming weeks/months to assist them in their understanding of what is “industry’s best practice” and what would be an appropriate level of security to regulate. Whilst I cannot make any guarantees to what level will be deemed to be appropriate, I can assure you that the standards contained within SBD New Homes 2014 will be at the heart of our argument/submission to the DCLG as they are the only academically proven domestic security standards.

May I take this opportunity to thank all those that took the time to submit a written response to the HSR, your support for SBD has been of significant assistance.

Kind regards

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