It is a Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) consultation on a package of proposals for reform of the planning system in England, covering plan-making, development management, development contributions, and other related policy proposals.
Views are sought for specific proposals and the wider package of reforms presented to streamline and modernise the planning process, improve outcomes on design and sustainability, reform developer contributions and ensure more land is available for development where it is needed.
This consultation will last for 12 weeks from 6 August 2020 (until 29th October).
NALC calls on government to introduce sanctions to support the proposed code of conduct
Eighteen months after the Committee on Standards in Public Life reported to the Prime Minister on improving ethical standards in local government, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has been pleased to have worked with the Local Government Association (LGA) to take forward the recommendation to develop an updated national model code of conduct for all tiers of local government. This is an important measure NALC called for and proposed to the committee.
COVID-19 has had a major impact on all our lives over the last few months. Now, with lockdown easing, Coventry City Council is seeking to understand the impact that COVID-19 has had across our communities.
The Council has put together a survey which asks residents how they feel about the current COVID-19 crisis and how it's impacted their everyday life. It also asks them for their views on the city's response to the crisis.
PC13-19 | Strengthening Police Powers to Tackle Unauthorised Encampments
The Home Office has issued a new consultation on strengthening police powers to tackle unauthorised encampments. The consultation covers criminalising the act of trespassing, broadening the existing categories of criminal trespass and broadening police powers to deal with trespassers. The main consultation document can be found here.
The government has published their parkrun consultation response, which Iconcludes that legislation is not necessary at this point. In NALC's written response to last year’s consultation, NALC strongly opposed the introduction of any measures which will remove the ability of local (parish and town) councils to charge for park-based activities including Parkrun. However, the government remains of the view that local authorities should not charge Parkrun or other organisations that currently provide free-to-enter running events, and intends to publish non-statutory guidance which will make very clear that local authorities should never charge for local Parkrun events. NALC will be liaising further with officials and ministers on this issue.
Article taken from NALCs Chief executive's bulletin 20 December 2018.