This week’s updates are:

1. Creating Safe Places to live through Design – Report from Design Council Cabe 15/01/2014 - Thanks to Jim Shanks, North Yorkshire Police for this.

2. Guidance on the banning of below-cost sales of alcohol

3. Free access to Palgrave Macmillan Journals during March

4. CPA forecast

5. HCA Newsletter

6. Talking ATM’s

7. New Homes Bonus payments top £900m mark

8. Independent review of how more social housing can be built

9. MP proposes Bill to require flood prevention measures for new roads and homes

10. Councils call for compulsory purchase reform

11. Prostitution moves

12. Go-ahead for Leicester gypsy church

13. New planning court gets go ahead to support UK growth

14. Suicide prevention report

15. 'This is abuse': discussion guide

16. Written Ministerial Statement by Planning Minister Nick Boles on change of use to provide new homes.

17. Care Home: Dodgy Fire Door of the Year

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1. Creating Safe Places to live through Design – Report from Design Council Cabe 15/01/2014 - Thanks to Jim Shanks, North Yorkshire Police for this.
The Cabe team at the Design Council is pleased to be presenting this new evidence to help designers and other stakeholders create safe, attractive neighbourhoods. We are clearly aware that crime and fear of crime is a critical issue in how residents view their neighbourhood and their resultant quality of life. This guide, and the case studies included in it, were part of a Cabe crime and urban design research project that was funded by the Home Office and undertaken in 2009-2010. Inside you will find: Six case studies investigating crime rates among recently built housing schemes & Background to the research project and methodology of investigation.
Download the report at: http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/knowledge-resources/creating-safe-places-live-through-design (This takes a while).

2. Guidance on the banning of below-cost sales of alcohol
This guidance provides a single point of reference for suppliers of alcohol and local authorities in England and Wales for banning the sale of alcohol below the cost of duty plus VAT.
It provides comprehensive information regarding implementation of the relevant legislation, methods of calculating the amount of duty plus VAT (referred to in legislation as ‘the permitted price’) and effective enforcement of the ban. The document is attached.

3. Free access to Palgrave Macmillan Journals during March
From March 1-31, 2014 Palgrave Macmillan will be running its Access All Areas campaign. All journals, including Security Journal will be free to view online. Click here to learn more.

4. CPA forecast
Construction Products Association’s (CPA) latest forecast anticipates that growth in private house building, infrastructure work and commercial activity are set to drive recovery in the industry over the next four years. Construction output is expected to rise by 3.4% in 2014 and by a further 5.2% in 2015; and growth is projected to continue throughout the forecast period, to 2017.

5. HCA Newsletter
The newsletter for 5th February 2014 is available at: http://email.homesandcommunities.co.uk/communique/static/2684/17602678

6. Talking ATM’s
There is an article on these at: http://www.rnib.org.uk/getinvolved/campaign/cashmachine/Pages/talking-atms.aspx &
http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/local/talking-cash-machines-to-be-introduced-in-northampton-1-5572770 Northamptonshire confirmed these ATM’s created no problems. The machine has a headphone jack fitted to the front, so a blind or partially sighted person can use an earpiece to one ear to listen to instructions.

7. New Homes Bonus payments top £900m mark
Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has confirmed the final allocations for this year’s New Homes Bonus payments - totalling over £900m - which will be shared among England’s 353 councils. Since the payment scheme was introduced in 2011, councils have receiving funding for delivering 550,000 newly-built homes and conversions, including over 160,000 affordable homes, and for bringing 93,000 empty homes back into use. These latest allocations bring the total payments made to councils since the scheme’s launch to over £2bn. New figures from the National House Building Council show a 28 per cent increase in housing supply in 2013 compared to the previous year, while house building is at its highest level since 2007.
Read the Department for Communities and Local Government news release on the New Homes Bonus.

8. Independent review of how more social housing can be built
an independent review into how more social homes can be built has been launched by Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander and Communities Secretary Eric Pickles. The review will be led by Natalie Elphicke, chair of Million Homes, Million Lives, and Keith House, leader of Eastleigh Borough Council.
Read the Department for Communities and Local Government news release on the social housing review.

9. MP proposes Bill to require flood prevention measures for new roads and homes
New road construction projects and new housing developments would have to include flood prevention measures as an integral part of the scheme, according to proposed legislation introduced in the Commons by Conservative backbench MP Mark Spencer. The MP, who represents the Sherwood constituency in Nottinghamshire, said his Bill would be directed towards developers and highway authorities. More at: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/general/news/stories/2014/february14/060214/060214_2

10. Councils call for compulsory purchase reform
English councils have urged changes to the ‘overly complex and bureaucratic’ compulsory purchase order system to help start bringing 700,000 empty homes back into use. The Local Government Association (LGA) wants the system simplified, including ending the need to seek central government permission. According to the latest statistics there are more than 700,000 empty properties in England, with a third empty for six months or more. More at: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/general/news/stories/2014/february14/060214/060214_5

11. Prostitution moves
Newham Council in east London has become one of the first local authorities in the country to use planning regulations to clampdown on prostitution. In the latest of the weekly swoops eight properties were visited by planning officers and police as part of Operation Miami launched last year. One was suspected of being a brothel and the landlord was served with an enforcement notice. While it is illegal to run a brothel or solicit sex on the street, it is technically legal for a woman to charge for sex in her own home, if she is working alone.
However, if planning officers can prove a house is not being used for its intended purpose the brothel can be closed down within two days. Councillor Ian Corbett, the council’s executive member for infrastructure and environment, said: “The existence of brothels within residential areas is not new to London and is not solely a Newham issue. However, we are one of the first local authorities to use our planning powers to tackle it.”

12. Go-ahead for Leicester gypsy church
Plans to build a Gypsy church in a former football clubhouse have been approved by Leicester City Council despite more than 1,000 objections. The place of worship will be at the former Aylestone Park FC site in Eyres Monsell, Leicester. Residents claimed the proposal would lead to parking problems.

13. New planning court gets go ahead to support UK growth
Legal disputes over major developments will be fast-tracked for consideration by a new Planning Court which will be established by this Summer, to support the Government’s long term plan for economic recovery. The move will see an estimated 400 planning cases a year resolved more quickly by being fast-tracked for hearings with specialist judges, instead of clogging the main Administrative Court. It will support the growing economy by reducing unnecessary and costly legal delays which developers have previously blamed for the collapse of potential major building schemes. The strong package of reforms to the Judicial Review (JR) system will also include changes to make sure anyone making a JR claim faces a fair level of financial risk – ending the current situation where individuals and campaign groups can cause expensive delays with no cost or risk for themselves.
More at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-planning-court-gets-go-ahead-to-support-uk-growth

14. Suicide prevention report
The Department of Health has issued the first annual report on the suicide prevention strategy for England, which available at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/suicide-prevention-report

15. 'This is abuse': discussion guide
This discussion guide is to help with the use of campaign materials to facilitate discussion with teenagers on the issues surrounding abuse within their relationships. It contains ideas for setting out lesson plans with information which will help young people to recognise what abusive behaviours are and encourage them to re-think their views of controlling behaviour, violence, abuse and what consent means within their relationships. The guide has been produced so it can be used by a wide range of organisations who work directly with young people. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/this-is-abuse-discussion-guide

16. Written Ministerial Statement by Planning Minister Nick Boles on change of use to provide new homes.
In May 2013, the coalition government amended legislation to allow for offices to convert to homes without having to apply for full planning permission. The policy goal was to make it easier to convert redundant, empty and under-used office space into new homes, promoting brownfield regeneration, increasing footfall in town centres and boosting housing supply. A recent survey by Estates Gazette (10 January) has found that there were more than 2,250 applications for change of use from office to residential in the first 6 months since this change was introduced. Some of these developments are, in themselves, each set to deliver more than 100 homes. By making efficient use of existing buildings, we are helping to tackle the housing shortage across England whilst simultaneously creating jobs in the construction and services industries. The significant take-up is good news. I am now aware of 8 local authorities who have made directions which prevent office to home conversions under national rights. These directions vary in extent, some apply to entire local authority areas and others are targeted at specific sites.
More at: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/change-of-use-new-homes

17. Care Home: Dodgy Fire Door of the Year
An unnamed care home has been crowned champion at the not-so-prestigious Dodgy Fire Door of the Year awards. Launched by the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS) last April, the Theodore Firedoor campaign publicizes the widespread problems of ill-fitting, damaged, and poorly maintained fire doors. The attached photo shows an offending fire doors, neatly "adapted" to fit a stairlift.