Flexibility & Protection – A Use Class Order for the 21st Century?
Reform was promised and change is very much the order of the day for this Government with the latest changes to use classes and permitted development rights. Mike Jones, Planning Partners highlights the fundamental changes to use classes which come in to force on the 1st September 2020.
Following Bidwells’ spring update of the Local Plan Watch, associate and socio-economics expert, Juliet Clark, takes a closer look at how local authorities are approaching health impact assessments (HIA).
There’s currently a debate underway in the UK around where plantation forestry i.e. fast-growing timber producing forestry, fits into the voluntary carbon market system, the Woodland Carbon Code (WCC). Similar discussions are being had in other parts of the world - as globally we analyse how to deal with the climate change challenge we all face.
A ‘blessing’ of the UK’s cool and wet oceanic climate is that it allows for the formation of peatland, fondly referred to as ‘bogs’. Peatlands are not unique to the UK but are found across the globe and on all continents. Although the highest levels are found predominately in the northern hemisphere, significant levels of peatland are also found in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Tasmania.
The trajectory of the carbon offset market looks set, with the launch sequence initiated. The global voluntary carbon market doubled between 2017 and 2019 and with the likes of visionary Microsoft founder Bill Gates and ex-Bank of England Governor Mark Carney collaborating on a taskforce aiming to scale this market, some estimates put the value of the voluntary carbon market growing from around $300 million today to $25 billion by 2030.
As we struggle towards what we hope will be the final stages for the UK of this terrible global pandemic, a growing commitment towards climate change reversal and managing natural capital and biodiversity is ramping up in a way which has made the last five years look like a warm up.
Statues, Plaques and Memorials – new policies for old history
The government is consulting on revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which was last updated in 2019, to include guidance on the altering or removal of statues, plaques and memorials. Eleanor Grace, Principal Heritage Consultant, explains what the process could look like, if the revisions are accepted following the end of the consultation period on 27 March 2021.