Planning Obligations (Section 106 Agreements)
Published Friday, September 6, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7200
This briefing looks at recent changes to planning obligations, the appeals process surrounding them and how planning obligations interact with the Community Infrastructure Levy. The briefing looks at England only.
The UK Shared Prosperity Fund
Published Tuesday, September 3, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8527
Background and issues for consideration concerning the Government's proposed Shared Prosperity Fund, which will replace EU structural funding after Brexit.
Must planning committees follow officers' advice in reaching decisions?
Published Friday, August 30, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN01030
This briefing examines the relationship between planning officers and councillors and how published guidance deals with the considerations that might arise when planning committees overturn officers’ advice. It applies to England only.
Debate on a motion on the British house building industry
Published Monday, August 19, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0205
On 5 September 2019 there will be a debate on a motion on the British house building industry. The debate will take place in the main Chamber and will be led by Siobhain McDonagh.
High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, August 15, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0106
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Bill on 4 September 2019.
Topics: Regional planning and development, Agriculture and environment, Biodiversity, Climate change, Countryside, Farmers, Forestry, Hedges and ditches, Nature conservation, Pollution, Public expenditure, Railways, Roads, Wildlife
Local Growth Deals
Published Monday, July 29, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN07120
This note looks at the creation of the Single Local Growth Fund and the process of allocating Growth Deal funding to Local Enterprise Partnerships.
Published Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | POSTbriefs POST-PB-0032
5G is the next generation of mobile communications technology. It follows on from the previous generations of mobile technology, such as 3G and 4G. 5G is expected to improve on previous mobile technologies by providing faster, lower latency (response time) mobile broadband connections and being able to connect a greater number of devices to a mobile network in a particular area while maintaining good quality connections. 5G mobile broadband will be the first widespread application of the technology. However, in the longer term it may have applications in other sectors.
Topics: Broadcasting, Companies, Competition, Consumers, Industry, Information technology, Internet and cybercrime, Planning, Regulation, Research and innovation, Security industry, Standards, Telecommunications
Commons Library analysis: Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [HL] 2017-19
Published Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8598
This Commons Library briefing deals with the Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [HL] 2017-19, which would provide that the Secretary of State’s powers in relation to the management of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, include the power to grant a lease in respect of land for a period of up to 150 years.
Enforcement of planning law
Published Monday, July 8, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN01579
This briefing describes the legal powers available to local planning authorities ensure enforcement of planning law. It applies to England only.
Replacement of EU structural funds for Least Developed Regions
Published Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0163
A Westminster Hall debate on the replacement of EU structural funds for Least Developed Regions has been scheduled for Wednesday 26 June 2019, from 2:30-4:00pm. The debate will be led by Paul Blomfield MP.
Protecting and Representing Future Generations in Policymaking
Published Thursday, June 13, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0076
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 20 June 2019. Lord Bird (Crossbench) is to move that “this House takes note of the case for better protecting and representing the interests of future generations in policymaking”.
General Debate on Social Housing
Published Monday, June 10, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0144
On 13 June 2019 there will be a general debate on social housing. This debate will take place in the main chamber.
Topics: Regional planning and development, Empty property, Homelessness, Housing, Housing adaptations, Housing standards, Housing supply, Overcrowding, Planning, Regeneration, Social rented housing, Supported housing, Sustainable development
Published Monday, June 10, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0147
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall at 4.30pm on Tuesday 11 June 2019 on housebuilding targets. The debate will be opened by Anne Marie Morris MP.
What next for planning in England? The National Planning Policy Framework
Published Monday, June 10, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8260
The National Planning Policy Framework sets the direction for planning in England. Following a consultation, it has been revised, to reflect more than 80 reforms previously announced by the Government in the Housing White Paper and in its consultation on planning for the right homes in the right places.
Regional Industrial Strategy
Published Friday, May 31, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0137
A debate will take place in Westminster Hall on “Industrial Strategy in the North East of England” on Wednesday 5th June at 9:30am. The debate was initiated by Mary Glindon MP.
Developments in Wind Power
Published Thursday, May 23, 2019 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0602
UK power generation from wind has increased in recent years due to sharp reductions in the costs of constructing and operating wind power facilities. Onshore wind power provides the cheapest electricity of any form of new generation built, and offshore is expected to continue to reduce in cost. Generating wind power does not emit greenhouse gases, hence future growth will help the UK meet its GHG emissions reduction targets. This POSTnote examines the innovations that have enabled wind power cost reductions, associated policy considerations and challenges for future deployment.
Topics: Climate change, Countryside, Electricity, Energy, Manufacturing industries, Marine environment, Planning, Renewable energy, Research and innovation, Science, Wildlife
Building Regulations and Safety: Review and Reforms
Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8482
This briefing contains a short overview of the building regulation and fire safety review and proposed reforms following the Grenfell Fire.
What is affordable housing?
Published Monday, May 20, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7747
This briefing paper considers how affordable housing is defined in England and looks at key trends in the affordability of different tenure types. It examines the supply of affordable housing and the role of Housing Benefit in enabling households to access and retain affordable housing.