A more beautiful National Planning Policy Framework?
A revised National Planning Policy Framework was published yesterday with the aim of putting ‘beauty’ at the heart of the English planning system. It was accompanied by the launch of a new National Model Design Code and ‘Office for Place’ within the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. These changes follow the new National Design Guide introduced in January. Sam Metson, Planning Partner explains what the revised NPPF means for planners, developers and promoters.
How, why and (crucially) when are buildings that are not considered to be worthy of local listing identified as NDHAs? Kate Hannelly-Brown explains the problems with non-designated heritage assets in our latest planning blog.
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.