1. Southwark moves to control betting shop and payday load outlets.

2. HCA Newsletters.

3. Bellway focuses on volume growth

4. Record numbers of illegal waste sites shut, agency says – Thanks for Paul King, Environment Agency for this.

5. Newsletter 8, The Crime Prevention web site.

6. British Security Industry Association “A specifier’s guide to the security classification of access control systems”. – Thanks to Lesley Nesbitt, CPDA Oxford University for this.

7. Perceptions of Crime Survey carried out between Neighbourhood Watch and Suzy Lamplugh Trust - The survey closes at 5 pm on Friday 1st November 2013.

8. Sensitive material in planning.

9. Construction to rebound with four-year boom – From the Glazine.

10. In Security- on line magazine.

11. Article 4 Direction use urged for some betting shops – From the Planning Portal.

12. Government will use "muscular localism" on housing standards – From the Housebuilder News.

13. The Effects of Improved Street Lighting.

14. Community infrastructure levy: further reforms

15. Exploring the evolution of urban planning and the design of public places: new research from MIT

16. RTPI responds on Government Guidance beta test website

Visit the 'Secured By Design' web site for CPDA contact details, design guides, licence holders & application forms: www.securedbydesign.com

1. Southwark moves to control betting shop and payday load outlets
Southwark Council in central London has became the first in England to introduce Article 4 Directions to contain the spread of betting shops and ‘financial services’ outlets like pawnbrokers and payday loan shops. It has also just approved a major mixed-use scheme on London’s South Bank.
More at: http://www.southwark.gov.uk/news/article/1415/council_uses_planning_powers_to_stop_spread_of_high_street_betting_shops

2. HCA Newsletters.
For 16th October 2013 is at: http://email.homesandcommunities.co.uk/communique/static/2646/17253426
For 23rd October 2013 is at: http://email.homesandcommunities.co.uk/communique/static/2647/17273208

3. Bellway focuses on volume growth
Bellway has experienced a strong 12 months, with plans to increase its volume growth by up to 15% in its current financial year. Reporting on its results for the year ending July 31 2013, the housebuilder said that its pre-tax profit grew almost 34% to £140.9 million against the equivalent period last year. Its home sales increased 8.2% to 5,652. The average selling price of a Bellway home rose 3.4% to £193,025. The housebuilder said that both its northern and southern divisions performed well over the year with completions increasing 11.7% to 2,652 homes in the north and by 5.2% in the south to 3,000 homes. Its order book rose 54% in value to £679.5 million as of July 31 2013. Bellway said that it had opened two new divisions in Manchester and in the Thames Valley, increasing operational capacity to 7,500 homes and beyond per annum.

4. Record numbers of illegal waste sites shut, agency says – Thanks for Paul King, Environment Agency for this.
The number of illegal waste sites being shut down has increased by 70% in the past 12 months, according to the Environment Agency. Some 1,279 locations were identified and closed in 2012/13, according to its Waste Crime Report. However, construction waste continues to be a problem, while scrap cars were found at a quarter of all illegal sites. And the number of successful prosecutions was down by 30%. The legitimate waste and recycling industry currently generates over £12bn every year in the UK, and employs about 128,000 people. Two years ago, it set up an illegal waste taskforce. Its latest report states that, over the past 12 months, it closed down an average of 25 of these sites every week.
More at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24494396

5. Newsletter 8, The Crime Prevention web site.
Available at: http://thecrimepreventionwebsite.com/contact/684/newsletter/

6. British Security Industry Association “A specifier’s guide to the security classification of access control systems”. – Thanks to Lesley Nesbitt, CPDA Oxford University for this.
The latest version is at: http://www.bsia.co.uk/web_images/publications/132_specifiers_guide_access_control.pdf An older version was previously circulated a couple of years ago.

7. Perceptions of Crime Survey carried out between Neighbourhood Watch and Suzy Lamplugh Trust - The survey closes at 5 pm on Friday 1st November 2013.
Suzy Lamplugh Trust are working jointly with Neighbourhood Watch to carry out a survey about street lighting and the perceptions of crime.
More at: http://www.suzylamplugh.org/2013/10/joint-perceptions-crime-survey-neighbourhood-watch-suzy-lamplugh-trust/

8. Sensitive material in planning.
I was asked about this subject recently and I attached the letter from the Chief Planning Officer to all Local Authorities. Also if go to the Home page of the ‘Planning Guidance Portal’ at: http://planningguidance.planningportal.gov.uk/ and search “security”, there is further information regarding:
· What additional permitted development rights does the Crown have?
· What provisions are in place to prevent the disclosure of sensitive information in a public inquiry?
· Why might a planning application contain sensitive information?
· What types of Crown development are permitted for national security purposes?
· National Security
· Can Crown development be determined as a matter of urgency?
· Do the normal planning rules apply to Crown Development?
· Can the Crown withhold details of a proposed development?

9. Construction to rebound with four-year boom – From the Glazine.
Construction will swing into a period of rapid and sustained growth over the next four years, according to leading economists. The latest forecast from the Construction Products Association anticipates the £111bn construction industry will enjoy a massive19% growth by 2017. This equates to a £20bn expansion of activity over the four years with housing and energy and transport infrastructure leading the boom. Economists have torn up previous forecasts to upwardly revise predictions after the housing industry kicked into gear over the summer.
More at: http://www.the-glazine.com/WeeklyFolders/glazine22october2013/Construction_will_swing.html

10. In Security- on line magazine.
Available at: http://issuu.com/mebmedia/docs/insec_jul13

11. Article 4 Direction use urged for some betting shops – From the Planning Portal.
Communities and Local Government Ministers Brandon Lewis and Stephen Williams told Parliament last week (16 October) that councils worried about concentrations of betting shops and payday loan outlets should make greater use of Article 4 Directions. That advice came during a three-hours Commons debate on the health of UK town centres and high streets.

12. Government will use "muscular localism" on housing standards – From the Housebuilder News.
The government will apply “muscular localism” to streamline local standards, said DCLG’s Simon Brown on October 24th. Speaking at HBF’s technical conference in Birmingham, Brown, team leader of the Housing Standards Review and the Code for Sustainable Homes, said that the government would “lead from the centre so that people can make intelligent local decisions” on housing standards.
He added that the current “untenable forest” of local housing standards was a result of standards often being produced in silos by local authorities “making guidance for themselves”. “The government does not want more of the untenable forest because local authorities do not like what is in a future standards document,” he said. “Standards will only be drawn down if they’re appropriate.”
However, he said that the process of absorbing all standards immediately into Building Regulations – an outcome that much of the industry hopes for following the Housing Standards Review – was not simple. “If you want a regulation to go in, then two pounds-worth of regulations must come out. We must do a rigorous cost-benefit analysis.”
But housing standards reform must not become a “political football” for the coalition government over the coming months, particularly against a backdrop of an improving economy, said Andy von Bradsky, chairman of PRP Architects and member of the government’s Challenge Panel on standards and regulations.
“We need certainty from the government on when these changes are going to be implemented,” von Bradsky stated. “A radical overhaul of standards could lead to innovation. Over the next five to ten years, we could see a big impact from this rationalisation."

13. The Effects of Improved Street Lighting.
This document is in the College of Policing, What Works, guidance documents. Available at: http://www.college.police.uk/en/docs/What_works_Street_lighting.pdf

14. Community infrastructure levy: further reforms
This document sets out the government’s proposed changes to the community infrastructure levy, following the consultation held in early 2013.
Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/community-infrastructure-levy-further-reforms

15. Exploring the evolution of urban planning and the design of public places: new research from MIT
The MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning has released new research that explores the evolution of the urban planning and design of public places toward a process called "placemaking." Placemaking is an innovative approach to transforming communities by creating and revitalizing open, public spaces around the needs and desires of the community.
Download the report Places in the Making here
The research reveals that placemaking is relevant and powerful in enhancing quality of life and supporting collaborations that connect people and support local action. The widening emphasis of placemaking beyond the design and use of physical place to include the importance of the "making" process in benefiting people and relationships recognizes the long-term power of nurturing community capacity and local leadership. The research was conducted by a team of city planning and urban design experts in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

16. RTPI responds on Government Guidance beta test website
Responding to the Government’s consultation on the National Planning Guidance Practice Guidance (NPPG) beta test website, the RTPI warmly welcomed the Government’s ongoing commitment to provide a single portal to access up to date advice and make a number of recommendations that would ensure that the final site is as good as the beta test suggests it could be.
The RTPI stressed that it is essential that the Government sets out how it thinks viability of plans and sites is assessed in order to avoid each local plan examination and planning appeal having to adjudicate between methodologies. The full response can be read at: http://www.rtpi.org.uk/media/696654/National%20Planning%20Practice%20Guidance.pdf

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