1 in 4 deaths of children under 5 years of age are attributable to unhealthy environments, says WHO

More than 1 in 4 deaths of children under 5 years of age are attributable to unhealthy environments. Every year, environmental risks – such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, second-hand smoke, unsafe water, lack of sanitation, and inadequate hygiene – take the lives of 1.7 million... continue

6 Mar 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

Neighbourhood Planning Bill 'could do more' to speed up housing delivery, says LGA

The Neighbourhood Planning Bill completed its report stage, a further chance to examine the bill and make changes, in the Lords on Tuesday 28 February. The House of Lords has voted in favour of an amendment that seeks to make it clear what clause 13’s intention is, and to clarify whether or... continue

1 Mar 2017RUDI News

Councils to benefit from long-term financial certainty with 4-year funding settlement

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that councils will continue to benefit from the long-term financial certainty of a 4-year funding settlement, helping them to plan ahead with confidence. He also confirmed he is working closely with the Chancellor of the Exchequer to determine how... continue

23 Feb 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

Public authorities must take an active role in the roll-out of AVs, says UITP

The arrival of driverless autonomous vehicles (AVs) represents a unique opportunity for a fundamental change in urban mobility as long as public authorities and public transport companies take an active role now to integrate AVs into an effective public transport network. This is according to... continue

17 Jan 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

Warwick University app supports ride-sharing for the drive to campus

A free app that will allow Warwick students to share rides between Leamington and Campus is set to launch in January 2017 for iPhone and Android users. Any Warwick student will be able to sign up for the app, called UniDrive, using their Warwick email address. The app will operate on a feedback... continue

29 Dec 2016RUDI 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
Autonomous shuttle pilots connect travellers to bus, bike and car-sharing services

Autonomous shuttle pilots connect travellers to bus, bike and car-sharing services

EasyMile, an electric vehicle producer founded in 2014, specialises in providing both software powering autonomous vehicles and last mile smart mobility solutions. Together with public transport company Kolumbus and Forus PRT, EasyMile will start a pilot project at the Forus PRT business park in Stavenger, Norway, starting... continue

22 Dec 2016RUDI News
New funding for estate regeneration

New funding for estate regeneration

A new government strategy and additional funding will breathe new life into rundown estates Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has... continue

15 Dec 2016RUDI News
UK 4G network worse than Romania and Albania: poor preparation for smart, digital futures

UK 4G network worse than Romania and Albania: poor preparation for smart, digital futures

The National Infrastructure Commission has published its final report into 5G and telecommunication technology. 5G means seamless connectivity, says the NIC. 5G is 'Ultra-fast, ultra-reliable, ultra-high capacity transmitting at super low latency', it states. It will support the ever larger data requirements of the existing network and new... continue

15 Dec 2016RUDI News

Blackburn named best high street in Britain
Mark Moran

Blackburn in Lancashire has won the top prize at the annual Great British High Street Awards. The competition, now in its third year, attracted over 900 entries from villages, market towns and larger towns across the UK. The competition recognises work done to promote city locations, town centres,... continue

13 Dec 2016RUDI News

LGA calls for more powers as fly-tipping clean-up bill hits £50m
Mark Moran

Local authorities are using new powers to seize and crush vehicles used by fly-tippers. Councils are also calling for the closure of a legal loophole that means enforcement officers have to give some fly-tippers seven days written warning before inspecting them and seizing evidence. The Local... continue

9 Dec 2016RUDI News
Public health and medical professionals should 'advocate for healthier city design and transportation policies'

Public health and medical professionals should 'advocate for healthier city design and transportation policies'

James F Sallis, a specialist in Family Medicine and Public Health at the  University of California, San Diego, writes in The Lancet Public Health about collated evidence that suggests that active and public transport contribute to improvements in Body Mass Index (BMI), so providing further support for public health and medical professionals to advocate for healthier city design and transportation policies.  He says: 'Advocacy... continue

5 Dec 2016RUDI News
£100 billion National Housing Fund could deliver 75,000 homes a year, says study

£100 billion National Housing Fund could deliver 75,000 homes a year, says study

The drastic shortage of housing among working people could be plugged with a Government-backed National Housing Fund of £100 billion over 10 years, providing up to 75,000 extra new homes a year, a report by the independent think tank ResPublica has found. Launched in late November, the new report on housing... continue

2 Dec 2016RUDI News

Cross-government task-force will join up departmental oversight on development

Speaking an an industry lunch in November, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid stated that: 'Getting the infrastructure right is absolutely vital if new developments are going to be successful and, crucially, be welcomed by local communities. They need the roads, the utilities, the internet... continue

2 Dec 2016RUDI News

White Paper on future housing strategy delayed until 2017: land banking to be targeted

The timing for the publication of the government’s Housing White Paper has slipped. It was thought that the document may possibly be published in November and certainly before the Christmas and New Year break. However it will now be published in January, according to Planning... continue

2 Dec 2016RUDI News
Investment in greener, more sustainable transport essential for achieving Sustainable Development Goals, says UN

Investment in greener, more sustainable transport essential for achieving Sustainable Development Goals, says UN

An expert panel appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon concluded that greater investment in greener, more sustainable transport systems is essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In its report, titled ‘Mobilising Sustainable Transport for Development,’ the High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport notes that the investments needed for transitioning to sustainable transport amount to the... continue

2 Dec 2016RUDI News
'Wide variation' between local authorities in England in proportion of new residential addresses on previously developed land

'Wide variation' between local authorities in England in proportion of new residential addresses on previously developed land

The third publication of land use change statistics has been published, using a methodology based on changes in Ordnance Survey products rather than from the physical observations that informed the previous series. It provides estimates for 2015 to 2016 on the creation and deletion of residential addresses and changes in density. England has a land area of just over 13 million hectares. Of this area only about 11% is developed. Around 13% of England is Green Belt, encircling 14 urban areas and... continue

30 Nov 2016RUDI News

Review of Homes and Communities Agency will improve efficiency and provide greater focus to housebuilding

The government has published a wide-ranging review of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) that will help improve its efficiency and provide greater focus to its housebuilding work. The Tailored Review found that the HCA is well positioned to help achieve national housebuilding ambitions and... continue

30 Nov 2016RUDI News

Housing Infrastructure Fund of £2.3 billion to 'unlock new housing supply'

The government has set out comprehensive housing measures that will address the needs of people at different stages of their lives, ensuring the housing market works for everyone, not just the privileged few. The Autumn Statement detailed investment of over £7.2 billion in housing. This means... continue

25 Nov 2016RUDI News

NAO report on DCLG finds issues with LEPs and public land disposal

The latest Departmental Overview, carried out by the National Audit Office on the Department for Communities and Local Government, summarises its performance during the year ended March 2016, together with NAO recent reports. The content of the report has been shared with the Department to ensure... continue

16 Nov 2016RUDI News
New figures show big increase in brownfield sites available for housing

New figures show big increase in brownfield sites available for housing

New research published by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) shows that suitable brownfield sites across England can provide at least 1.1 million new homes. The Government had described a previous CPRE estimate of around 1 million homes as ‘wildly over... continue

11 Nov 2016RUDI News

Greenfield sites can help solve the housing crisis

England’s greenfield sites, including green belts, need to be considered alongside brownfield land as locations for new housing, the RTPI has said. In its policy statement Where should we build new homes, published after canvassing members across England and Wales, the RTPI said the... continue

10 Nov 2016RUDI News

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