Publications and Toolkits

Planning Practice Guidance published online

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has launched the final ‘alpha’ version of the Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) online. This is accompanied by a list of previous planning practice guidance documents that are superseded by the guidance.
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Loss of local authority conservation staffing

A new report by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), supported by English Heritage, shows a continued decline in local authority conservation staffing with a reduction in 4% in 2012, part of a ‘devastating 33% cut since 2006’.
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VAT on housing renovation and repair

An independent research report by Experian suggests that a reduction of VAT on housing renovation and repair from 20% to 5% could boost the UK economy by more than £15billion from 2015 to 2020. It could also create more than 95,000 jobs and save 240,000 tonnes of CO2 from thousands of homes. The report is backed by more than 60 charities, trade associations, business groups and financial institutions that are united in calling on all three main political parties to commit to the reduction in their 2015 election
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TCPA - New Towns Act 2015?

The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) has published a document showing how a new generation of garden cities could be developed as part of the solution to the need for new housing. The document is intended to encourage the political parties to commit to a programme of new garden cities in the run up to the general election in 2015.
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South East homes shortfall

Savills have published a report which suggests that there will be a shortfall of at least 160,000 homes across London, east, south east and south west England over the next five years. The forecast is based on a comparison of the latest locally planned targets and the needs predictions made by the Town and Country Planning Association.
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Love local landmarks toolkit

The Love Local Landscapes toolkit has been issued by the Hackney Society to help councils, heritage groups, amenity societies and local groups to use volunteers to review, revise and expand local lists of heritage assets.
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English Heritage Conservation Bulletin 72

English Heritage has issued a new conservation bulletin on housing. A free download is available from the EH website.
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