This week’s updates are:

1. Interesting blog by Rachael Armitage on the standards review.

2. More than 1,100 construction sites fail safety checks

3. Padlocks - still key to good security

4. Simplified regulations will make planning easier – Thanks to Mark Montgomery, Hertfordshire for this.

5. HCA Newsletter 30th October 2013

6. Crime & Policing News update – October 2013.

7. Levy reform package announced

8. Land banks and empty homes numbers

9. Fair deal on rents will help get Britain building - Thanks to Mark Montgomery, Hertfordshire for this.

10. RTPI Tripwire Sept – Oct 2013, West Midlands – Thanks to Michael Quinney, of Sandwell Council for this.

11. Memorandum of understanding: Surveillance Camera Commissioner and Information Commissioner.

12. College of Policing – What Works CCTV.

13. Crime in England and Wales, Year Ending June 2013

14. Community Infrastructure Levy – House of Commons note.

15. Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) – Latest House of commons note.

16. Anti Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Bill – Second reading – Tuesday 29th October 2013

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1. Interesting blog by Rachael Armitage on the standards review.

http://blogs.hud.ac.uk/academics/blog/2013/10/24/crime-and-security-take-a-back-seat-in-the-governments-new-housing-standards-review/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=crime-and-security-take-a-back-seat-in-the-governments-new-housing-standards-review

2. More than 1,100 construction sites fail safety checks

Poor standards and dangerous practices were found at nearly half of the building sites visited during a month long safety drive. During a nationwide campaign, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited 2,607 sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place. Inspectors found basic safety standards were not being met on 1,105 sites. On 644 sites, practices were so poor that enforcement action was necessary to protect workers – with 539 prohibition notices served ordering dangerous activities to stop immediately and 414 improvement notice issued requiring standards to improve. More at: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2013/more-than-1100-construction-sites-fail-safety-checks/?ebul=hsegen&cr=1/28-oct-13

3. Padlocks - still key to good security

In spite of a plethora of emerging technologies, good physical security such as that offered by padlocks remains central to the fight against crime and terrorism. A new LPCB standard (LPS 1654) has been developed to help with the selection of suitable padlocks. Amidst the growing focus on emerging technologies, it is important to remember that good physical security remains fundamental to the fight against crime and terrorism. Without the delay to intrusion provided by effective physical security, detection simply tells you that the criminal has been and gone. In many sectors, the humble padlock continues to offer the most practical solution to securing an asset. But it is crucial that security managers and other specifiers can readily select padlocks that deliver suitable delay against the tools and techniques likely to be used by determined criminals or terrorists. The latest LPCB standard for physical security – LPS 1654: Issue 1.0 Requirements and testing procedures for the LPCB approval and listing of padlocks – has been developed to help with padlock selection.
More at: http://www.redbooklive.com/page.jsp?id=504 & http://www.redbooklive.com/pdf/LPS1654.pdf

4. Simplified regulations will make planning easier – Thanks to Mark Montgomery, Hertfordshire for this.

Unnecessary red tape that is no longer needed and which adds to the cost of providing new houses and enterprise will be cut as part of the Red Tape Challenge to reduce and consolidate planning regulations. The changes will help simplify the planning process but will not change planning policy or environmental protections.

A phased programme will now begin to reduce the number of technical planning regulations down to 78 - a reduction of 57% as part of the government’s challenge to make sensible changes to regulatory burdens. The changes will:

· consolidate the rules on permitted development which have been amended 17 times and need an overhaul to make them easier to understand

· tackle unnecessary and overly burdensome requirements in the application process

· scrap 38 redundant regulations that are no longer needed

The government will also publish shortly draft secondary legislation on the types of business and commercial projects that can use the nationally significant infrastructure regime. The changes will provide developers of the most significant business and commercial projects in England with the option of having their projects considered through this planning regime.

More at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/simplified-regulations-will-make-planning-easier

5. HCA Newsletter 30th October 2013
Is available at: http://email.homesandcommunities.co.uk/communique/static/2649/17293031

6. Crime & Policing News update – October 2013.
The new update is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/crime-and-policing-news-update-october-2013/crime-and-policing-news-update-october-2013
Also following a cabinet reshuffle earlier in the month, Norman Baker joined the Home Office as Minister of State for Crime Prevention.

7. Levy reform package announced

The deadline for when local authorities will be restricted in their use of pooled section 106 contributions has been put back by 12 months to April 2015, the Government has announced, as it set out its decisions on changes to the Community Infrastructure Levy regime. The news came as the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published the outcome of consultation on proposals outlined last April. New regulations will be required to implement the reforms and DCLG said it expects the new regulations to come into effect by the end of January 2014, subject to the Parliamentary timetable. Included in the changes is a requirement for local authorities to strike an appropriate balance between the funding of infrastructure from the levy and the potential effects of the levy on the viability of development. Under the modified regime charging authorities will be allowed to set differential rates by reference to the proposed size of development as well as to the proposed number of units or dwellings. There are a number of areas where the Government has varied the proposals it consulted on in the light of responses.

Further at: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/general/news/stories/2013/october13/311013/311013_1

8. Land banks and empty homes numbers

Parliament was told last week that the number of empty homes in England had dropped to 260,000 since the Coalition came to power. MPs also heard that the total number of units of housing in land banks is 500,000 but only half of that number is on sites where building has not begun. Some are on sites in places where demand is insufficient to “pull through” supply, Planning Minister Nick Boles explained at the end of a Commons debate on planning and housing. Read the Commons Hansard report (24 October; column 189WH).

9. Fair deal on rents will help get Britain building - Thanks to Mark Montgomery, Hertfordshire for this.

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has offered a deal that will give a decade of strong protection for social tenants with the cost of living. The proposals would come into effect from April 2015, and offers a fair deal for tenants and landlords alike. For tenants, annual rent increases will be linked to inflation - using the more stable Consumer Price Index as a measure rather than the Retail Price Index as has been used in previous years. In turn, it will give councils and housing associations the stability they need to plan investment in new homes in their area, supporting £23 billion public and private investment in affordable homes planned from 2015.

This will also help towards achieving the fastest rate of affordable housebuilding for 2 decades.

More at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/fair-deal-on-rents-will-help-get-britain-building

10. RTPI Tripwire Sept – Oct 2013, West Midlands – Thanks to Michael Quinney, of Sandwell Council for this.
The newsletter is attached. It has an interesting article on Urban decay in the USA.

11. Memorandum of understanding: Surveillance Camera Commissioner and Information Commissioner

Andrew Rennison, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, and Christopher Graham, the Information Commissioner, signed a memorandum of understanding.

Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/memorandum-of-understanding-surveillance-camera-commissioner-and-information-commissioner

12. College of Policing – What Works CCTV.
This ‘What Works Briefing’ document is attached.

13. Crime in England and Wales, Year Ending June 2013

Available at: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/crime-stats/crime-statistics/period-ending-june-2013/stb-crime-in-england-and-wales--year-ending-june-2013.html

14. Community Infrastructure Levy – House of Commons note.
The latest note on this is attached.

15. Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) – Latest House of commons note.

This is attached. This also covers HMO’s and the risk factor of Entry by Intruders.

16. Anti Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Bill – Second reading – Tuesday 29th October 2013
From www.parliament.uk at: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201314/ldhansrd/index/131029.html click on the above title and scroll through the debate. At 7.53 pm Lord Harris of Haringey (Lab), gives a speech which I attach. Secured by Design is mentioned.

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