This week’s updates are:

1. ACPO and NBCF announce definition of business crime
2. TruckPol relaunches to fight freight crime
3. Response to report on code for sustainable homes and the housing standards review
4. Building Regulations.
5. Government responds to Housing Standards Review – From Housebuilder News
6. Deal to start £1bn Chelmsford housing scheme – Thanks to John Hills, Essex for this.
7. Newsletter 10, The Crime Prevention web site.
8. ICO Register of data controllers – Thanks to John Hills, Essex for this.
9. Berkeley to build more homes than in market peak - From Housebuilder News

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1. ACPO and NBCF announce 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.businesscrime.org.uk/htm/n20140217.736349.htm

2. TruckPol relaunches to fight freight crime
TruckPol, the joint police and haulage industry partnership dedicated to fighting freight crime, is set to re-open its doors following sponsorship and support from the National Business Crime Solution. TruckPol is an independent not-for-profit organisation working collaboratively with the UK's 43 police forces, freight and haulage associations, independent commercial organisations and insurers. Criminals use the road network to commit their crimes and freight crime alone costs the UK economy an estimated £1 billion annually.
More at: http://www.crp-news.com/htm/n20140312.677753.htm

3. Response to report on code for sustainable homes and the housing standards review
A response by the government to the Environmental Audit Committee report on the code for sustainable homes and the housing standards review is attached.

4. Building Regulations.
Note supporting the written ministerial statement on the housing standards review, is attached.

5. Government responds to Housing Standards Review – From Housebuilder News
The government has announced that it will move all necessary local housing standards into Building Regulations in its response to the Housing Standards Review. In its desire to streamline “the many overlapping and confusing standards currently in operation,” the government also confirmed that it would phase out the Code for Sustainable Homes and put most of its elements into Building Regulations. Alongside the ministerial statement on the response written by Building Regulations minister Stephen Williams MP, the government published a supporting document explaining how it intends to tackle the other standards covered in the review. For accessibility and water standards, it has proposed optional standards above Parts M and G respectively to exist in Building Regulations. These higher tiered standards can be applied locally but would need to be justified in local plan policies and pass viability testing. On security, the government is considering whether to apply a single minimum security standard either nationally through Building Regulations or on a local basis. But it intends to develop a national space standard outside of Building Regulations, encompassing two sets of specifications. This will be an optional standard which local authorities must prove the need for. The minister’s statement read: “Setting requirements solely in Building Regulations will help to provide the certainty needed to ensure that home builders know what they need to do , and can deliver high quality new homes which meet local community’s needs.” The government intends to absorb standards into Building Regulations this year.

6. Deal to start £1bn Chelmsford housing scheme – Thanks to John Hills, Essex for this.
Countryside and development partner L&Q have secured full planning for their £1bn Beaulieu development in Essex after signing a major section 106 deal. Chelmsford City Council and Essex County Council have agreed a raft of community infrastructure works after months of talks. Work can now start on vital site infrastructure to pave the way for 3,600 homes to the north east of Chelmsford city centre and a site for a new railway station on the East Anglian main line. L&Q will provide up to 970 new affordable homes for shared ownership and rent. A main part of the proposals will be an estate parkland setting for the Grade 1 listed New Hall School.

Infrastructure deal

  • A road connecting the development to the A12
  • Two new primary schools and a secondary school
  • Shops
  • Community facilities
  • Health service facilities
    • It is now expected that construction works will begin in the spring.

      7. Newsletter 10, The Crime Prevention web site.
      Available to subscribe to at: http://thecrimepreventionwebsite.com/contact/684/newsletter/

      8. ICO Register of data controllers – Thanks to John Hills, Essex for this.
      The Data Protection Act 1998 requires every organisation that processes personal information to register with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), unless they are exempt. Failure to do so is a criminal offence. There are more than 370,000 registered data controllers. We publish the name and address of these data controllers, as well as a description of the kind of processing they do. You can view a current register entry online at: http://www.ico.org.uk/what_we_cover/register_of_data_controllers.aspx

      9. Berkeley to build more homes than in market peak - From Housebuilder News
      The Berkeley Group has said that it expects to complete around 30% more homes this year than at the market’s peak in 2007.

      Giving an update covering the period November 1 2013 to February 28 2014, the housebuilder said that sales of its new homes had been “strong,” with cash due on forward sales of more £1.9 billion against £1.75 billion as of October 31 2013. This was a reflection of the continuing demand for homes in London and the south of England, it added.

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