This week’s updates are:

1. Planning Practice Guidance – (The Beta web site is now archived) – Thanks to Mark Montgomery, Hertfordshire this.
2. Written ministerial statement by Nick Boles on local planning - Thanks to Mark Montgomery, Hertfordshire this.
3. Palgrave Macmillan Journals – Access all areas in March 2014.
4. English Housing Survey 2012-13 Headline Report
5. Housing standards in the private rented sector
6. ABUS TS007 E90 BSI 3-star door cylinder – Thanks to Rob Drury, Derbyshire for this.
7. End of support for Microsoft Windows XP
8. Home planning statistics
9. Welsh push for more affordable housing
10. Gangs: - House of Commons note

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1. Planning Practice Guidance – (The Beta web site is now archived) – Thanks to Mark Montgomery, Hertfordshire this.
Planning should address Crime Prevention at: http://planningguidance.planningportal.gov.uk/blog/guidance/design/what-planning-objectives-can-good-design-help-achieve/#paragraph_010
The Planning Practice Guidance home page is at: http://planningguidance.planningportal.gov.uk/

On 6 March 2014 the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) launched the planning practice guidance web-based resource. This was accompanied by a Written Ministerial Statement which includes a list of the previous planning practice guidance documents cancelled when this site was launched. For the first time, planning practice guidance is now available entirely online in a usable and accessible way. Important information for any user of the planning system previously only published in separate documents can now be found quickly and simply. You can link easily between the National Planning Policy Framework and relevant planning practice guidance, as well as between different categories of guidance.

Planning practice guidance will be updated as needed and you can sign up for email alerts on any changes, or view these revisions on the site. Click the sign-up button at the bottom of any guidance page to register your email details.

This web-based resource was developed following the recommendations of the External Review of Planning Practice Guidance which the Government previously consulted on. You can find the Government’s response to the consultation on the recommendations of the External Review of Planning Practice Guidance, or find out background information on the review.

DCLG will be actively managing the planning practice guidance, and any necessary updates will be made as soon as possible.

All guidance will also go through a regular review process to ensure it is relevant, usable and up-to-date. It is important to note that this does not mean that they will be continually changing the practice guidance material, or that everything will be updated or amended every time they review it. We know that clarity and stability are vital to an effective planning system.

You can stay up-to-date on any changes to national planning practice guidance by signing up for email alerts.

The contents page for each guidance category shows when that section was last updated. Each question within the guidance also shows its most recent revision date. If a question has been amended or updated, you will be able to click on “see revisions” to view previous versions of that question. If the “revisions” link is not visible, then no previous versions of that question exist and it has not been amended or updated.

The Beta version of the planning practice guidance web-based resource has been archived by the National Archives.

You can refer to individual sections of the guidance using the specific and unique Reference ID shown at the top of each question. This Reference ID is also updated if a question is amended or updated, and you will be able to see any previous versions of that question, with the relevant Reference ID, by clicking on “see revisions”. Please note that paragraph numbers are not necessarily sequential.

The site links to legislation.gov.uk when referencing legislation in the planning practice guidance. Please note however, that legislation.gov.uk may not be up-to-date for individual sections of legislation, particularly when viewing secondary legislation. Where changes and effects have yet to be applied to the legislation you are viewing, in the case of primary legislation this is normally highlighted, but will not be reflected in the content.

The sections listed below set out in order the guidance relating to the planning application process.

When is permission required?
Before submitting an application
Making an application
Consultation and pre-decision matters
Determining a planning application
Use of Planning Conditions
Planning obligations
Flexible options for planning permissions
Appeals
Ensuring effective enforcement
Lawful development certificates

The National Planning Policy Framework sets out the Government’s planning policies for England. It was published on 27 March 2012. The National Planning Policy Framework should be read in conjunction with the Government’s planning policy for traveller sites. Local planning authorities preparing plans and taking decisions on waste on travellers’ sites should also take account of the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework.

There are no specific policies for nationally significant infrastructure projects in the National Planning Policy Framework. The Secretary of State determines these in accordance with the Planning Act 2008 and relevant national policy statements for major infrastructure, as well as any other matters that are considered both important and relevant (which may include the National Planning Policy Framework). More information can be found on GOV.UK

2. Written ministerial statement by Nick Boles on local planning - Thanks to Mark Montgomery, Hertfordshire this.
Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/local-planning

3. Palgrave Macmillan Journals – Access all areas in March 2014.
Palgrave Macmillan is offering FREE online access to the current content and archives of its complete journals portfolio throughout March 2014. There is a Crime & Security area.

4. English Housing Survey 2012-13 Headline Report - published on 26 February.
The report covers a range of topics related to the physical condition of homes and the circumstances of the people that live in them. This was the first release of data from the 2012-13 survey.

Key findings

  • In 2012-13, the private rented sector overtook the social rented sector to become the second largest tenure in England. Of the estimated 22.0 million households in England, 65% (14.3 million) were owner occupiers, 18% (4.0 million) were private renters and 17% (3.7 million) were social renters.
  • Overall rates of overcrowding and under-occupation have not changed in recent years. However between 2010-11 and 2012-13, there was a decrease in the proportion of overcrowded households in the social rented sector (from 7% to 6%).
  • The proportion of renting households in receipt of housing benefit increased. This increase was particularly pronounced among working households in the social sector, of which a third (32%) were in receipt of housing benefit in 2012-13, up from 24% in 2010-11 and 20% in 2009-10.
  • In 2012-13, 61% of private renters and 23% of social renters stated that they expected to buy a property at some point in the future. Among social renters who expected to buy, the proportion who expected to buy their current home increased from 37% in 2011-12 to 44% in 2012-13.
  • The energy efficiency of the English housing stock continued to improve.
  • The number of non-decent homes in England continued to decline. In 2012, 4.9 million dwellings (22%) failed to meet the decent homes standard, a reduction of some 2.8 million homes since 2006, when 35% of homes failed to meet the decent home standard.
  • As in previous years, the private rented sector had the highest proportion of non-decent homes (33%) while the social rented sector had the lowest (15%).
    • The full report can be downloaded from the DCLG website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/english-housing-survey-2012-to-2013-headline-report

      5. Housing standards in the private rented sector
      Letter from Kris Hopkins to local housing authority leaders about housing standards in the private rented sector.
      Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/housing-standards-in-the-private-rented-sector

      6. ABUS TS007 E90 BSI 3-star door cylinder – Thanks to Rob Drury, Derbyshire for this.
      New ABUS TS007 E90 BSI 3-star door cylinder is anti-bump, anti-snap and available as a euro profile, half/double cylinder and thumbturn in a range of cylinder sizes and finishes.
      Further at: Product News - UK launch of E90 BSI*** euro cylinders for ABUS

      7. End of support for Microsoft Windows XP
      On April 8, 2014, Windows XP will no longer be supported by Microsoft. This means organisations running Windows XP will no longer receive: New security updates; Non-security hotfixes Free or paid assisted support options ; Online technical content updates. Further at: http://www.cpni.gov.uk/highlights/End-of-support-for-Microsoft-Windows-XP/

      8. Home planning statistics
      The Home Builders Federation’s latest English Housing Pipeline Report shows that planning permission was granted for 52,534 new homes in the fourth quarter of last year, the highest quarterly total since the first three months of 2008. In total 174,471 planning permissions were granted in England in 2013, the highest annual figure since 2007. Read the Home Builders Federation news release.

      9. Welsh push for more affordable housing
      The Welsh Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Carl Sargeant has announced a series of initiatives designed to increase housing supply. First, he has announced he will appoint a Housing Supply Adviser to work with home builders, owners of land, local authorities and housing associations. Second, he is setting a revised target of 10,000 new affordable homes during this term of Government. This move will be supported by a delivery pact agreed with Community Housing Cymru (CHC). The pact will clearly set out commitments from both the Welsh Government and CHC. In addition, the minister has promised to work with developers, housing associations, local authorities and financiers to find innovative ways of moving forward. “To get this work under way I recently approved a number of innovative pilot projects and will be looking to extend these to make best use of land and finance,” he said. Read the Welsh Government news release.

      10. Gangs: - House of Commons note
      This note is attached and provides a select bibliography of material on gangs.

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