Levelling Up, Nutrient Neutrality, PAS events and more...

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26 May 2022

Planning Advisory Service

Wow - what a month! We started with the local elections (congratulations to all of our newly elected/re-elected councillors around the country), moved swiftly through to the Queens Speech and the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill and now the Jubilee celebrations next week.

We have confirmed our work programme for 2022/23 with DLUHC. We will be working on Local Plans, Development Management performance, Pre-Apps and PPAs, Design, Developer Contributions, NSIPs, Class E, Environmental Outcomes Report and Nutrients as a start.

We will be announcing a series of workshops and roundtables to discuss the Bill, with more information on these coming soon. We are sharing some LURB FAQs on our website to provide a quick reference point for busy people. We will update these as we know more.

Anna Rose

Head of PAS

Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill FAQs

Earlier this month we got to see the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill (which is obviously known as the LURB). It is a big, complicated beast with lots of the detail still to emerge. Some of the reporting around it has been sloppy, with several aspects of it becoming confused or just plain wrong.

The PAS team have spent some time with the LURB and the helpful policy paper that accompanies it. We have started by sketching out some explanatory FAQs which no doubt will be extended and amended as we learn more about how it will work in practice. 

LURB: The position on Transition. Levelling Up & Regeneration Bill

Martin reflects on transitional arrangements for Local Plan making. How will councils be guided into the new system? The effectiveness of the support PAS provides hangs on understanding this. 

Martin sets out the main scenarios/questions facing councils.

Anna Rose in conversation with... Pooja Agrawal, CEO of Public Practice

In our latest episode Anna’s conversation is with Pooja Agrawal, CEO and co-founder of Public Practice. Anna and Pooja discuss design - what is design? who is it for? and how does it help to make connections between people and places, movement and urban form, nature and the built fabric? 

PAS Conference

There are only a few places left on the PAS Heads of Planning and Rising Stars Conference on Thursday 14th & Friday 15th July at Wolverhampton.  If you haven't booked already and want to come along I suggest you book on ASAP to avoid disappointment.

Thanks to everyone who has already booked their place.  Following the LURB announcement we are updating the agenda and we will be circulating it and other information very soon.

Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects - the new NSIP network

Decarbonising the grid is going to mean local authorities will start to see more NSIP projects and more complex ones too. We did some initial scoping work last year, and NSIPs are now part of the PAS programme. In many councils NSIPs are a bit niche, so we're starting a network for people to share their experiences and to learn first-hand how the NSIP process is going to change.

We will also compare notes and findings from the recent innovation and capacity fund. To find out more contact richard.crawley@local.gov.uk and we'll be in touch. 

Nutrient Neutrality (NN) Update

We’ve reached the end of our event series – thanks to everyone that took part – here are all of the nutrient neutrality event presentations. Next, we are launching a new network for catchment leads, planning more topic-based workshops, and aiming to get 'out-and-about' to join your catchment meetings, albeit virtually. Keep up to date by visiting our Nutrient Neutrality web pages.

Nature Recovery Networks - come and work for PAS!

We are adding another post to our team to work on Nature Recovery Networks and the integration of environmental planning. Funding is confirmed only until March 23 in the first instance, so we're hoping to find a suitable secondment. To make it easier for your employer we're happy to consider part-time or job-share arrangements. 

For an informal chat drop richard.crawley@local.gov.uk a note. 

Defra conservation covenant events

There are a few spaces left on our conservation covenant seminars with Defra and Natural England on 7th and 9th June. Conservation covenants are new legal agreements enabled through the Environment Act that secure long-term conservation of natural or heritage features of land, including for biodiversity net gain. 

Natural England Green Infrastructure Framework - Survey

LIVE Economics ltd would like your views on the relevance and usefulness of Natural England’s Green Infrastructure Framework to your work. This will help Natural England to refine it into a valuable and practical tool for the delivery of green infrastructure across England. 

Share your views.

LGA Climate Action Plan Roundtables

The LGA is supporting councils in their development and implementation of their climate action plans by organising a set of roundtables. The roundtables will bring councils together to discuss and share learning through facilitated peer support. You can sign up to the support via the expression of interest form. If you have any queries, you can read the Climate Change Action Plan Roundtables - Frequently Asked Questions. Or, please do not hesitate to get in touch via climate@local.gov.uk

Homes England Local Government Capacity Centre Summer Learning Programme

Registrations are now open for Homes England's LGCC’s Summer Learning Programme. There are 18 webinars scheduled across the fortnight of 4-15 July designed to support local government officers with the development of homes and communities.

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