DCLG is offering funding for Community Led Project- planning applications work as part of the Community Right to Build programme.
£14 million has been allocated for the next two years for communities in England.
See attached document for full details of assessment criteria and who is eligible to apply.
A reminder that Bristol City Council sends out an update to the members of the users group on recent planning issues. The bulletins can be found here
on the Design Bristol website.
The latest edition was circulated on 4th July.
Guidance has been published for Local Planning Authorities on renegotiating s106 agreements to kick start stalled projects:
Extract from DCLG Section 106 affordable housing requirements
Review and appeal
10. The test for viability is that the evidence indicates that the current cost of building out the entire site (at today’s prices) is at a level that would enable the developer to sell all the market units on the site (in today’s market) at a rate of build out evidenced by the developer, and make a competitive return to a willing developer and a willing landowner.
11. The developer will need to demonstrate to the planning authority, and to the Planning Inspectorate on appeal, that the affordable housing obligation as currently agreed makes the scheme unviable in current market conditions.
12. A viable affordable housing provision should be proposed. This should deliver the maximum level of affordable housing consistent with viability and the optimum mix of provision. The proposal may consider whether adjustments should be made to the affordable housing tenure and mix and, where relevant, phasing may also be considered. Timing and level of off-site affordable housing contributions may also be considered, as may any other aspect of the affordable housing requirement.
Design and Access Statement no longer required for some smaller
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
has published its response confirming that the administration would introduce
proposed reforms to the validation regime for planning applications, Design and
Access Statements and changes to decision notices.
These changes came into
force on 25 June.
New rules will mean only major developments, some
applications in designated areas and listed building consents will require
Design and Access Statements.
Bristol is reviewing the validation documents required locally:
"Our consultation exercise on revisions to the validation requirements is underway and details are our Planning application requirements
web pages. The review has taken place as a consequence of the Amendment No 3 to the Development Management Procedure Order which in effect requires local lists to be reviewed every 2 years. The review has been undertaken with an objective to both reduce the levels of information required, and to simplify the thresholds. The revisions take into account both the NPPF and the Growth and Infrastructure Bill. i.e.
· NPPF para 193 “Local planning authorities should publish a list of their information requirements for applications, which should be proportionate to the nature and scale of development proposals and reviewed on a frequent basis. Local planning authorities should only request supporting information that is relevant, necessary and material to the application in question.”
· Growth & Infrastructure Bill: requirements (to provide supporting information) - (a) must be reasonable having regard, in particular, to the nature and scale of the proposed development; and (b) may require particulars of, or evidence about, a matter only if it is reasonable to think that the matter will be a material consideration in the determination of the application.
The consultation period runs until the 12 July 2013, when an assessment will be made of the responses received."
A number of changes have been brought in by the current government about which changes of use are permitted for a temporary period - see attached document below for a full chart.
This chart shows the position from 30 May 2013.
In summary the changes for additional change of use permitted development rights
applying from 30 May 2013:
- Agricultural buildings under 500 square metres can change to
a number of other uses (A1, A2, A3, B1, B8, C1 and D2). For buildings between
150 square metres and 500 square metres, prior approval (covering flooding,
highways and transport impacts, and noise) is required.
- Premises in B1, C1, C2, C2A and D2 use classes can change
use permanently to a state-funded school, subject to prior approval covering
highways and transport impacts and noise.
- Premises in B1(a) office use can change to C3 residential
use, subject to prior approval covering flooding, highways and transport issues
- Prior approval fees for change of use is set at £80. The
draft regulations have been laid in Parliament and are due to come into force
on 1 October 2013. This fee will be applicable from 1 October 2013.
- Buildings with A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, B1, D1 and D2 uses will
be permitted to change use for a single period of up two years to A1, A2, A3
and B1 uses.
- Thresholds for business change of use. Thresholds increased
on May 2013 from 235 square metres to
500 square metres for permitted development for change of use from B1 or B2 to
B8 and from B2 or B8 to B1.
For full information about Use Classes and Change of Use see the Planning Portal page here
, the planning newsletter for people doing a Neighbourhood Plan is available on their website here
The latest edition 28 June 2013 has just been published: you can also look at all the back copies.
If you would like to receive this publication regularly, you can subscribe on the same page.
A number of people have asked how to go about setting up notifications of planning applications using the Bristol City Council Planning Online
I have done some notes on this which you may find helpful which are attached at the bottom of this page.
The advantage of this system over the independent Planning Finder
is that you receive an alert if any new documents are added to the application.
is useful because it shows you the location of the applications on maps, but you can also get that by looking at the Planning Online
search which gives the option to open up applications on a map:
Did you know you can also look at the Bristol City Council Explore map and find planning applications and other useful information like Conservation Area boundaries and NPN group boundaries?
You get to the map from the Home page of Bristol City Council Website - on the right hand side there is a purple box headed My Neighbourhood, in the box is a link which says
This opens up to show you Local information such as the location of parks, taxi ranks and hospitals, but there are also options to find other information on the Left Hand side column.
Under Local information you can find Planning Applications under the Environment heading.
You can also find Neighbourhood Planning Network under the Council and Democracy heading!
Under Historic Information you can find Conservation Areas.
- Salford City Council has published a consultation on a revised hot food takeaways
supplementary planning document (SPD), which includes a proposal to ban new
outlets near schools from opening until 5pm to restrict the exposure of children
to junk food to help tackle obesity.
- A review of
local planning authorities (LPAs) earlier in the year found that more than 20
have exclusion zone policies (draft or adopted) designed to ban new hot food
takeaways from opening in close proximity to schools and other facilities such
as leisure centres and parks.
- There is no published evaluation of the effectiveness of these kind of
planning interventions, although organisations such as the National Institute
for Health and Social Care Excellence (NICE) advise councils to consider using
planning to restrict fast food outlets within a wider strategy to prevent
Briefing in full
Salford’s draft SPD on hot food takeaways
On 28 May 2013 Salford published a draft version of a revised
supplementary planning document (SPD) on hot food takeaways.
(HFTA2) generated considerable coverage:
‘Where a hot food takeaway is proposed within 400 metres of a school,
planning permission will only be granted subject to a condition that the
premises are not open to the public before 17:00 and there are no over the
counter sales before that time.’
The West of England Authorities have
undertaken the following work to articulate their shared issues and priorities
and to demonstrate their continued commitment to joint working:
Strategic Framework - which pulls together the Core Strategy visions and priorities into a single
framework. The framework includes work on identifying infrastructure
requirements to inform the Local Enterprise Partnership's work on the Revolving
Infrastructure Programme and Growth Incentive element of the City Deal.
Duty to Co-operate schedule - to highlight those issues that the Authorities have cooperated on or that
they will cooperate on with neighbouring authorities and other statutory bodies
(as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework expectations with regard
to the duty to cooperate).
Strategic Housing Market Assessment pre-production brief - to ensure evidence base preparation is considered jointly to inform future
Local Plan reviews.
The consultation on the Duty to cooperate
schedule and the Strategic Housing Market Assessment Pre-production brief ran from March 28th to May 31st
The presentation at the annual meeting by Stephen Hewitt from the Healthy Urban team at BCC on the Healthy walkabouts (formerly Healthy City walkabouts) referred to a number of cases which are attached below.
As well as carrying out these walkabouts, the team will help with the Health Impact Assessments for Neighbourhood Development Plans and responds to planning applications.