The latest from PAS
Visit our COVID-19 and planning page. It includes an FAQ, links to all of the Government’s latest updates, guides, regulations and Statutory Instruments as well as PAS guidance and protocols for running virtual planning committees. In the works is something on using new digital approaches to consultation and public engagement more broadly.
Visit our Development Management pages for a summary of recent legislative changes that have been laid / brought into force and that relate to Town and Country Planning matters in England.
Did your authority score below 95% in the 2019 Housing Delivery Test and so required to publish a HDT Action Plan before the 13th August 2020? To help with this we have updated our "Housing Delivery Test - Preparing an Effective Action Plan" advice note and we also ran a series of virtual workshops during July. Both draw on the experience and lessons learnt on preparing action plans to date. What we do know is that they can be really effective tools in helping to understand, and address housing delivery issues in your area.
Effective infrastructure planning, prioritisation and governance of spend are critical to supporting the delivery of sustainable development and growth. To help your senior leadership understand the role of developer contributions we have published an advice note on the role of CIL and S106 including policies and processes. This advice has been developed in response to recent changes in legislation and Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) and to highlight the importance of these planning tools.
Recently we held a workshop with viability experts and set to work on drafting an advice note for councils. The advice reflects the range of matters that you will need to consider in developing an invitation to tender (ITT) or undertaking this work in-house as it covers matters that should be addressed in any viability assessment work. This is the first publication - we may do others if helpful. .
During the autumn we ran a series of workshops around the country with MHCLG on the September 2019 reforms to developer contributions. This included the amendments to the Community Infrastructure Levy regulations, updated Planning Policy Guidance the role of Infrastructure Funding Statements and how CIL and Section 106 should work together. You can see the event materials (including a very helpful question book with answers) here.
In May 2018 PAS worked with a group of practitioners and partners to make a guide to managing data in LPAs. It has been published as an interim while we work on a more complete guide. Unfortunately the guide has been delayed until later in 2020 while some details are sorted out.
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