This week’s updates are:

1. Abu Dhabi Safety and Security Planning Manual – Thanks to Ike Gray for this.

2. Pavement Markings - Thanks to Alan Haffenden, Sussex Police for this.

3. Planning back on prime-time TV – Thanks to Mark Montgomery, Hertfordshire Police for this.

4. Homes and Communities Newsletter for 19th February 2014

5. Housing starts climb 23% in 2013 – from Housebuilder News

6. Call for Kent new town

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1. Abu Dhabi Safety and Security Planning Manual – Thanks to Ike Gray for this.
Ike is doing a bit of work in the Middle East at the moment, and thought we might be interested in the Abu Dhabi Security Planning Manual - very well researched and illustrated guidance that contains a lot of good, universally applicable stuff. see http://www.upc.gov.ae/sspm/index.html. An English language pdf can be downloaded free of charge.

2. Pavement Markings - Thanks to Alan Haffenden, Sussex Police for this.
Sometimes markings on pavements are interpreted as secret signs left by potential burglars. Although you have to question why any offender would potentially alert a resident that their property may be broken into? There are a range of markings on pavements that are utility markings, some of which are described on the following BBC news web site:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25915468

3. Planning back on prime-time TV – Thanks to Mark Montgomery, Hertfordshire Police for this.
Broxbourne Council’s planning committee is set to come under the spotlight when it features in a fly-on-the-wall documentary. Broxbourne Council is due to feature in episodes shown next week. The eight-part series will transmit daily from Tuesdays to Fridays, starting on Tuesday 25th February 2014 at 7pm on BBC Two. The programme makers have promised to carry on lifting the lid on the decisions behind planning approvals and refusals.
“We’ll reveal the secrets of the planners; the misconceptions of homeowners and we’ll expose those with a blatant disregard for planning regulations. We’ll show the lengths homeowners will go to protect their properties from disputes with developers intent on building large-scale housing developments to clashes even closer to home - neighbour against neighbour fighting it out over extensions, conversions, and garden erections. Every planning battle creates fierce argument on both sides. But there can only be one winner,” say the production team.
Over the first three nights the series will focus on Redrow’s plans for 1,500 homes at Ellesmere Port, a builders’ yard extension, the fight to save a Grade ll listed building and a race against time to extend a Turkish restaurant. Other highlights will include a tussle between a newly located mansion house and a tree house and a pair of naturists who hope their outdoor pursuits will see off plans for a big house next door.
More at: http://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/Hoddesdon-and-Broxbourne/Broxbourne-Council-to-feature-in-BBC-fly-on-wall-documentary-20140219104410.htm#ixzz2tlZugyCH

4. Homes and Communities Newsletter for 19th February 2014
The newsletter is available at: http://email.homesandcommunities.co.uk/communique/static/2692/17659714

5. Housing starts climb 23% in 2013 – from Housebuilder News
Housing starts in England climbed 23% last year against 2012 to reach the highest level seen since 2007, according to government figures released February 20. Last year, 122,590 new homes were started. In the three quarters since April, private starts rose by 29% compared to the equivalent period in 2012.
Further stats at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/house-building-in-england-october-to-december-2013

6. Call for Kent new town
A new town similar in size to Milton Keynes should be built on the Thames Estuary at Ebbsfleet, Kent, a think tank has proposed. That’s the headline recommendation in a report from the Centre for London. The organisation argued the case for the establishment of a new town development corporation at Ebbsfleet and that one or two other suitable locations for new town development corporations should be considered, including Barking Reach and the area around the London Gateway Port at Thurrock. Download the report.