Season’s Greetings to you all and Best Wishes for the New Year. Thanks to you all for supporting these updates and sending items in for circulation. This week’s updates are:

1. Consultation opens on plans to simplify petrol legislation.

2. Glossary of Lighting Terminology

3. Housebuilders fight Miliband "landbanking" claim - Telegraph – From Housebuilder News

4. HCA Newsletter for 18th December 2013

5. Housebuilders commit to UK buyers – From Housebuilder News

6. Newsletter 9, The Crime Prevention web site.

7. Article 25 notice used regarding Luton Airport – Thanks to Mark Montgomery, Hertfordshire for this.

8. Tips to keep your home burglar-free during the festive season – From the NHBC web site.

9. Housing completions pick up – From the NHBC

10. Crime and Policing News update for Decemeber 2013.

11. Councils' £2bn reward for providing 550,000 homes

12. More public land for homes identified

13. MPs back high-speed rail

14. New levy regulations laid

15. London boroughs lose office-to-homes High Court legal challenge

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1. Consultation opens on plans to simplify petrol legislation
Some of you will remember the Health & Safety document “ Petrol Filling Stations – Dispensing Control Measures”, which assisted CPDA’s with advice regarding designing out bilkings at petrol filling stations (pfs), but was removed by the HSE last year. For information the HSE is now inviting comments on proposals to consolidate and refine eight pieces of legislation that apply to the storage of petrol at workplaces that dispense petrol, mainly petrol stations, and non-workplace premises such as private homes. The key change for petrol filling stations is the proposal to move away from licensing and to introduce a petroleum storage certificate, which will remain valid unless there is a significant change or the site is closed. This proposal has support from both industry and regulators.
More is available at: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2013/consultation-opens-on-plans-to-simplify-petrol-legislation/?ebul=hsegen&cr=3/16-dec-13

2. Glossary of Lighting Terminology
Attached is a glossary of terms used.

3. Housebuilders fight Miliband "landbanking" claim - Telegraph – From Housebuilder News
Britain’s biggest housebuilders have hit back at labour leader Ed Miliband’s claims that the industry is hoarding land, according to reports. The Telegraph reported that in a speech (December 16) Miliband said the profits of the four largest housebuilders had “soared 557%” this year and that the companies were landbanking to drive up the value of their land. Labour plans to allow councils to compulsorily purchase land if housebuilders with planning permission do not build on it. But Pete Redfern, ceo of Taylor Wimpey, said: "We continue to start all sites as soon as possible once an implementable planning permission is received. "The comparison used for profitability is against a point where many in the industry were loss making, so a percentage improvement is rather meaningless.” In The Telegraph, Rob Perrins, md of the Berkeley Group, stated that the government owned 35% of UK land, but only 25% had been available for development. “It’s the government that are the problem – they are the biggest landbankers," he said. Miliband's speech came as Labour launched a review of housing policy.

4. HCA Newsletter for 18th December 2013
This newsletter is available at: http://email.homesandcommunities.co.uk/communique/static/2666/17485109

5. Housebuilders commit to UK buyers – From Housebuilder News
Leading housebuilders have signed a pledge to market new London properties in the UK before or at the same time as abroad from the start of next year. The Home Builders Federation’s voluntary commitment aims to ensure that UK buyers do not miss the opportunity to buy London properties offered by the industry. It coincides with figures released by HBF which show that 11% of new London homes sold last year had been marketed abroad before promotion in the UK. HBF said the pledge would make sure that “this will not happen again”. But the figures - which come from a HBF survey involving eight companies that built 44% of new London homes last year – also showed that selling some homes abroad triggered the construction of around 14,000 affordable homes, and brought “significant benefits” to the London and wider UK economy, with £365 million being paid to London local authorities in section 106 payments last year. HBF’s survey also showed that almost all London properties bought by overseas buyers were not left empty; if the buyer was not occupying them they were renting them out. Stewart Baseley, HBF’s executive chairman, said that pre-selling homes was also essential for generating upfront funding for developments. He commented: “Selling some properties abroad allows tens of thousands of affordable homes as well as for rent and to buy, to be built for Londoners. “London has an acute housing crisis and foreign buyers are playing a vital part in helping increase the number of homes being built in the capital. However, the industry wants to ensure that UK buyers have every possible opportunity to buy the homes being built.” Eleven housebuilders have signed up to the voluntary commitment which takes effect from January 1 2014. They are:

Aquinna Homes
Barratt Developments
Crest Nicholson
Fairview New Homes
Galliard Homes
Hadley Property Group
Lend Lease
Lovell Partnerships
Redrow
Taylor Wimpey
Telford Homes

6. Newsletter 9, The Crime Prevention web site.
Available at: http://thecrimepreventionwebsite.com/contact/684/newsletter/

7. Article 25 notice used regarding Luton Airport – Thanks to Mark Montgomery, Hertfordshire for this.
An article 25 notice means that planning permission by Luton Borough Council cannot be granted without the Secretary of States permission.
Further at: http://www.thecomet.net/news/luton_airport_expansion_plan_not_included_on_government_backed_shortlist_1_3124941

8. Tips to keep your home burglar-free during the festive season – From the NHBC web site.
What the NHBC say about this subject is at: http://www.nhbc.co.uk/NewsandComment/Name,54506,en.html

9. Housing completions pick up – From the NHBC
NHBC data for the three months to the end of November 2013 shows 29,950 housing starts 22.6% above the same period in 2012. The affordable sector performed relatively stronger than the private sector (private sector 21.9% increase, affordable 24.4% increase). The data also showed 29,900 homes completed in the three month period, 5.3% more than the same period in 2012 (private sector 8.4% increase, affordable 3.6% decrease). Meanwhile plots under construction now sit at 139,040, 10.2% higher compared to the same time last year.

10. Crime and Policing News update for Decemeber 2013.
This is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/crime-and-policing-news-update-december-2013

11. Councils' £2bn reward for providing 550,000 homes
Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has published details of the latest New Homes Bonus payments being made to England’s 353 councils, in recognition of their contribution to building new homes.

Under the scheme councils have been rewarded for delivering 550,000 newly-built homes and conversions and bringing 93,000 empty homes back into use. This total also includes more than160,000 affordable homes. More at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/councils-rewarded-for-55000-more-homes-under-new-homes-bonus

12. More public land for homes identified
The Homes and Communities Agency will bring forward enough public land by March 2015 to support delivery of over 2,000 more homes than originally anticipated, according to new figures. The Agency’s latest Land Development and Disposal Plan (LDDP) sets out how the HCA will use its experience of managing large portfolios of land and assets to potentially bring a potential more than 200 sites to market between now and 31 March 2015, of which around 480ha is for residential and around 900ha is for commercial and other uses. Sites in the LDDP will build on the housing capacity of those already disposed, bringing the HCA’s contribution to the Government’s commitment to dispose of enough land with capacity for 100,000 homes, to 16,209; up from 14,000 in the last LDDP published in June. Read the Homes and Communities Agency news release.

13. MPs back high-speed rail
MPs on the all-party Commons Transport Committee have backed the strategic case for the HS2 high-speed rail scheme, but want urgent consideration of the case to build concurrently from the north towards the south as well as northwards from London. In a report the Committee also urges local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships to draw up economic development strategies which make the most out of HS2 and for central Government to provide support for this. Download the Commons Transport Committee report.

14. New levy regulations laid
The date from which local authorities will be restricted in their use of pooled section 106 contributions will be moved back a year to April 2015 under new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regulations just laid before Parliament.

15. London boroughs lose office-to-homes High Court legal challenge
A coalition of London boroughs battling the government's new permitted development rights allowing offices to be converted into homes today lost their High Court legal challenge.