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Press release: Government’s new planning rulebook to deliver more quality, well-designed homes

first_img Contact form https://forms.communit… Media enquiries stronger protection for the environment Building attractive and better-designed homes in areas where they are needed is at the centre of new planning rules published by Secretary of State Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP today (24 July 2018).The new rules will also make it easier for councils to challenge poor quality and unattractive development, and give communities a greater voice about how developments should look and feel.The revised National Planning Policy Framework follows a public consultation launched by the Prime Minister earlier this year to provide a comprehensive approach for planners, developers and councils to build more homes, more quickly and in the places where people want to live. Fundamental to building the homes our country needs is ensuring that our planning system is fit for the future. This revised planning framework sets out our vision of a planning system that delivers the homes we need. I am clear that quantity must never compromise the quality of what is built, and this is reflected in the new rules. We have listened to the tens of thousands of people who told us their views, making this a shared strategy for development in England. Social media – MHCLG Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 Revised National Planning Policy Framework Ministers have been clear on their ambition to achieve 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s, which follows 217,000 homes built last year, the biggest increase in housing supply in England for almost a decade.The new rules will see 85 of the proposals set out in the housing white paper and the Budget, implemented in the new National Planning Policy Framework.Promoting high quality design of new homes and placesRefocusing on the quality and design of proposals which are in line with what local communities want, the framework ensures councils have the confidence and tools to refuse permission for development that does not prioritise design quality and does not complement its surroundings.With an emphasis on engaging with communities and allowing residents to see proposed development before it’s even built, the new framework encourages councils to make use of innovative new visual tools to promote better design and quality, which will also make sure new homes fit in with their surroundings.Adopted neighbourhood plans will demonstrate clear local leadership in design quality, with the framework allowing groups seeking such plans to truly reflect the community’s expectations on how new development will visually contribute to their area.Whilst the framework sets the strategic direction for driving up new build quality, it will remain up to councils to apply these polices in the most appropriate way in their area, recognising that they are well placed to know their area’s unique character and setting.To maximise the use of land we are promoting more effective use of the land available and giving councils more confidence to refuse applications that don’t provide enough homes.Stronger protection for the environmentThe new framework has also been updated to provide further protection for biodiversity; ensuring wildlife thrives at the same time as addressing the need for new homes.Changes to the framework see the planning system align more closely with Defra’s 25 Year Environment Plan, which aims to leave the environment in a better state for future generations. This includes more protection for habitats, and places greater importance on air quality when deciding development proposals.It provides strengthened protection for ancient woodland and ancient and veteran trees across England, ensuring they can be retained for the benefit of future generations.Whilst giving councils real flexibility to make the most of their existing brownfield land, the revised framework makes sure they exhaust all other reasonable options for development before looking to alter a Green Belt boundary.The government has more explicitly outlined the protection of the Green Belt in England, explaining the high expectations and considerable evidence that would be needed to alter any boundary.Building the right number of homes in the right placesTo help tackle unaffordable house prices in many areas across the country, the framework sets out a new way for councils to calculate the housing need of their local community (including different forms of housing, such as older people’s retirement homes).This new methodology aims to deliver more homes in the places where they are most needed, based on factors including the affordability of existing homes for people on lower and medium incomes.Greater responsibility and accountability for housing delivery from councils and developersFrom November 2018 councils will have a Housing Delivery Test focused on driving up the numbers of homes actually delivered in their area, rather than how many are planned for.In addition, to make sure that the necessary infrastructure and affordable housing is delivered to support communities, clearer guidance for both developers and councils will also be published today.Meaning that developers will know what is expected of them up front, even before they submit a planning application and councils have greater power to hold them to these commitments.Further informationThe publication of the National Planning Policy Framework follows the government’s first Design Quality Conference held in London earlier this year, which demonstrated our commitment to engaging local government and industry to promote and deliver a step change in the design quality of new development.See the final National Planning Policy Framework published today (24 July 2018).During the consultation the government held 10 regional engagement events and approximately 40 individual meetings.29,224 responses received to the government’s consultation on the revised National Planning Policy Framework. This included over 25,000 campaign responses. Secretary of State for Communities, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale.center_img Email [email protected] building the right number of homes in the right places General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 greater responsibility and accountability for housing delivery from councils and developers Office address and general enquiries 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF The new rule book will focus on: promoting high quality design of new homes and places Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclglast_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers clinch NL West Title

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> And so — here they are again.But this time it was a rookie manager leading them through record use of the disabled list — including the 75-day loss of their ace to a back injury — and leaning as heavily on the products of baseball’s top-ranked farm system as baseball’s highest payroll. The Dodgers finished atop the National League West again Sunday afternoon when Charlie Culberson’s game-winning home run in the 10th inning gave them a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.The win came just moments before the San Francisco Giants’ latest loss (their 41st in 66 games since the All-Star break) became final, which also would have sent the Dodgers to the postseason.But the Culberson homer was a much more appropriate ending for a team that boasted of its depth leading into the season, started rookie pitchers a major-league high 65 times and had every man on their 40-man roster active for Sunday’s clincher. Dave Roberts used 19 of them against the Rockies, just a typical September afternoon for him. “My first year managing, to see this whole big machine come together and to realize one part of a goal — it’s really tough to put into words,” Roberts said.“You get your best player (Corey Seager) hitting that game-tying home run off (Adam) Ottavino (with two outs in the bottom of the ninth) and then you get Charlie Culberson, who was a non-roster invitee, who was up and down all year long, who did everything we asked — for him to get that big hit … I embraced him and he said outside of him having his baby that was the greatest moment of his life.”The Dodgers will head to the postseason for the seventh time in the past 11 seasons still looking for it to end with greatness for the first time since 1988.Nonetheless, they are the first team to win the NL West in four consecutive seasons, the first NL team to win their division four consecutive times since the Philadelphia Phillies won the NL East five consecutive times from 2007-11.They will meet the Washington Nationals in the first round with only the travel arrangements to be finalized. The Nationals (91-64) hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the Dodgers (90-66) for homefield in a best-of-5 Division Series. The Nats’ magic number to clinch that advantage is six as the regular season enters its final week. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I mean, if we only had to use 25 guys and had no injuries — that would have been fine too,” GM Farhan Zaidi said of watching the depth assembled by the Dodgers’ front office pay off on the field. “But I wouldn’t say it’s validation because you go through injuries every year and this year was no different. And if it wasn’t for these guys stepping up and performing, what does depth mean?“I’ve seen it over the years and I know how hard it is for guys to come up and hit the ground running in the big leagues. For guys like Grant Dayton and Andrew Toles to come up and make such a big impact right away and sustain it — you just don’t see it that often with this volume of players so it’s been really tremendous.”For most of the day Sunday, however, it was all about Vin Scully — whether he liked it or not.The first time through the lineup, Dodgers batters stopped near home plate and raised their helmets in his direction, saluting the Hall of Fame broadcaster as he called his final game at Dodger Stadium.“Me and JT were texting last night and said we should do something. That’s what we came up with,” Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said. “We have a hitters meeting every day and we talked about it and everybody thought it was a good idea. We went with it to honor Vin and give him the respect he deserves.“He deserves way more than that. I think it’s a little token of our appreciation for him.”Scully was moved, exclaiming on air, “Are they waving up here? Oh, that’s terrific. Holy Mackerel.”It was almost the only time all afternoon the Dodgers managed to get to a left-hander.Rockies starter Tyler Anderson held the Dodgers to one run over the first six innings despite scattering eight hits. The Dodgers went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position against Anderson, their latest frustration against a left-handed pitcher.But in the seventh, the Dodgers tied the game on an RBI triple by Corey Seager. The Rockies regained the lead in the top of the ninth when Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up a two-out home run to David Dahl.Down to their last out in the bottom of the ninth, Seager came through again, re-tying the game with a drive into the seats down the right-field line.Culberson’s clinching home run came an inning later with two outs off Rockies reliever Boone Logan. He dropped the bat and stood at home plate, admiring the drive with more gusto than a player with six career home runs can usually muster.“I don’t hit too many home runs,” he said sheepishly in the afterglow. “I knew that was gone.”That put a punctuation mark on an emotional weekend during which the Dodgers embraced both their Hall of Fame broadcaster and a “team mentality, really,” as Clayton Kershaw put it.“This year has been a little different for me personally, being out for so long,” he said. “It’s good to see these guys do what they needed to do. It just shows this team isn’t about one guy. Any guy can step up, any guy can win a game and you just saw that today.“One guy goes down, another guy steps up. A testament to our team, the depth that we have, the guys that we could bring in, the young guys that stepped up.”last_img read more

LIVING THE DREAM: DONEGAL SCHOOL TEACHER’S MARATHON BID

first_imgLINDA AND THE REST OF THE SPARTAN CHALLENGERSA LETTERKENNY-based teacher is appealing for help to raise money for Donegal charities after being picked to represent the county in the Dublin marathon.Linda Sweeney, from Meenacross near Dungloe, only ran her first 5k in February.And when Spar ran a competition for a representative from each county to get specialist training, donegaldaily.com and you, our readers, got right behind her and Linda was picked. She’s certainly getting support from far and wide. From home around Dungloe of course, from Letterkenny where she teaches at Woodlands National School – and from Cranford/Milford where she now lives.Here she tells you about her progress – and hopes you will support her in raising funds for Donegal charities:LINDA WRITES: I am absolutely loving every minute of this challenge and I would like to thank everyone who voted for me because without their support I wouldnt be here!So far it has been an amazing experience. Our trainer is Karl Henry. I am currently following a 16-week training plan to prepare for the Dublin marathon which is 11 weeks on Monday! I have to do 4 runs a week – a recovery run, an interval run, a hill run and a long run. This week I am doing 23 miles in total but this will increase to 39 miles as the weeks go on. I am enjoying the runs but I find the interval training tough. I will be calling on my husband and a few of my friends in Woodlands NS to help me with these and push me.We are getting fantastic help from our nutritionists Paula Mee and Eimear Walsh. They are really supportive and if you have any queries they email you back almost instantly with a wealth of information. I am allergic to wheat, aspartame and MSG and they have taught me so much on how to manage my diet better. This will help me for the rest of my life not only through this challenge. I feel much better and have much more energy.All the Spartans are following individual  food plans. some of us have to lose weight and some have to put on weight and every one of them is doing fantastic and doing their county proud. I have another half stone to lose so I hope to have it off by our next training day in September.As well as receiving expert advice on fitness and nutrition we had the opportunity to meet Olympian runner Catherina McKiernan who gave us tips on how to run to avoid injury. We also met with Caroline Currid a psychologist that worked with the Kenyan Olympians this year. She was absolutely brilliant and coached us how to prepare our mind for the marathon to avoid hitting the wall! All of our pictures and profiles were in Irish Runners Magazine and also in Fit Magazine that comes with the Irish Independent every Thursday.The other Spartans are an amazing group of people and we all get on great. we are like a support group for each other which is great on a day that you dont feel you did your best or a day you are finding it tough because you are tired etc. We are constantly taking a hand at each other about something. They are all great craic and each and every one of them are doing brilliant and I have no doubt that we will all cross the finish line in October. So far we have completed a 5-mile race and a 10km race in Dublin as part of the Dublin Race Series. I ran the 5-mile in 50:31 and the 10k in 60:34. Our next race is on the 25th of August in Phoenix Park and it is a 10mile race. We will then be running a half marathon in September and the full Dublin City Marathon in October 26.2miles!I try to do as many local races as possible but sometimes it is hard to fit them in around my training plan. I did the run in 40k around the Bay and the Waterfall 10k in Cranford recently both of which were great events. I will be doing the semi skimmed Mooathon in Kilmacrennan in September however I have 20miles to run that day so I will have to do an additional 7 either before or after the race!I have to write blogs weekly on the Spartan challenge page. Some people have left some lovely encouraging comments and I have also got some lovely emails. This support and encouragement really keeps me going so it would be great if anyone who gets a chance could leave a comment on my blogs. you can follow my progress and blogs  by logging onto spartan.spar.ie/blog/author/39I am collecting sponsorship for the marathon. As I am running this marathon for Donegal I wanted to make sure the money stayed in Donegal so i am raising money for MS Ireland Donegal Branch and the North West Cancer Group as i believe these are two worthy charities. I will be putting sponsorship cards in businesses in Dungloe, Cranford and Milford and Tobins in Letterkenny have kindly offered to put collection boxes on each till. If anyone has a business and would be interested in taking a sponsor card or sponsoring me they can contact me [email protected] I would like to thank everyone who has supported and encouraged me so far as I couldn’t do it without your help. I would also like to thank my husband, family and friends for listening to me as I talk about nothing else at the minute!!!And Donegal Daily of course – for helping me get there in the first place!LIVING THE DREAM: DONEGAL SCHOOL TEACHER’S MARATHON BID was last modified: August 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more