Private companies should release results of cladding tests, says LGA chair Lord Porter

Private companies should release results of cladding tests, says LGA chair Lord Porter
Mark Moran

The Local Government Association (LGA) calling on the government to launch an urgent review of building regulations in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 80 people. The LGA believes there is a need to act now rather than wait for the outcomes... continue

19 Jul 2017RUDI News
Cycle superhighway boost for CityConnect’s Bike Friendly Business scheme

Cycle superhighway boost for CityConnect’s Bike Friendly Business scheme

A further five local businesses along the Cycle Superhighway have applied to the CityConnect Bike Friendly Business Scheme in a pledge to encourage more staff to cycle to work.  CityConnect will provide tailored support to each business in the form of expert advice, training or... continue

13 Apr 2017RUDI News

Development Consent Orders bring housing into the Planning Act 2008 regime

Section 160 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016, which allows the inclusion of ‘related housing’ in A Development Consent Orders (DCOs), comes into force on 6 April 2017, bringing in housing to the Planning Act 2008 regime. DCLG has now issued Guidance on this, as Ministers said... continue

6 Apr 2017RUDI News

New Enterprise Zones go live in a simplified planning framework

Twelve new Enterprise Zones have gone live, helping to boost economic growth from the north-east to the south-west. Announced in the Autumn Statement 2015, these new zones support businesses, helping budding entrepreneurs to start and established companies to grow. They offer business rates... continue

6 Apr 2017RUDI News

Councils to have new tools to speed up development of derelict and underused land for new homes

Councils will have new tools to speed up development of derelict and underused land for new homes, Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell has confirmed. Local authorities across the country will now have to produce and maintain up-to-date, publicly available registers of brownfield sites... continue

6 Apr 2017RUDI News

Newcastle to use public health money to support public parks funding

Newcastle City Council is preparing to set up a mutual organisation to take over its parks service, with substantial funding set to come from the public health department. The council has said it expects it will have no money for non-statutory services by 2017-18, reports Horticulture Week. The... continue

6 Mar 2017RUDI News

Right to Build Task Force will support local authorities

A Right to Build expert task force that aims to help 80 organisations across the UK deliver more homes over the next three years has been launched. The task force also intends to assist local authorities, community groups and other organisations to deliver large, affordable custom and... continue

22 Feb 2017RUDI News

Call for good urban practices examples to be shared across Europe

In early December URBACT launched a call for Good Practices, inviting Europe’s cities to put forward their most effective examples. The call remains open until 31st March. Across Europe, cities face formidable environmental, economic and social challenges. Affordable housing, business... continue

17 Jan 2017RUDI News
Protection increased for neighbourhood plans

Protection increased for neighbourhood plans

The government acted this month to strengthen neighbourhood plans in areas where the local authority does not have a five-year housing land supply. Neighbourhood plans will no... continue

22 Dec 2016RUDI News

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