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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

‘Short but sweet’ search lands Derek Fisher as coach of LA Sparks

first_img“This opportunity is not a step down, sideways, backwards, somehow different than the men’s game,” Fisher told a room full of media at a downtown hotel, insisting the WNBA isn’t a steppingstone. “There isn’t a future outside of what we’re here to talk about today.”Executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler didn’t look far in finding a replacement for Brian Agler, who resigned last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Our coach’s search was short but sweet,” she said. “The first person who came to mind was Derek Fisher. Derek has been a huge supporter of the Sparks, but even more importantly, he’s been a huge supporter of the WNBA from day one. He would leave his practice and fly and watch us play.”Toler said that during her 20 years as GM she would discuss the team with Fisher and seek his advice and suggestions. Los Angeles Sparks newly named head coach Derek Fisher takes questions from the media during a news conference in Los Angeles, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was a “short but sweet” search to find the new coach of the Los Angeles Sparks. Turns out he has been sitting in the courtside seats for years.Derek Fisher was introduced Friday as coach of the team that he watched play at Staples Center while helping the Lakers win five NBA championships as their point guard. It’s Fisher’s second stint as a head coach in the pro ranks. He was fired from the New York Knicks in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Fisher said it took a while for him to come to terms with the fact that he was “overly fixated with what other people thought about my experience in New York as opposed to what I felt about my experience in New York.”Fisher peppered Toler with what she said were “about 2,000 questions” before agreeing to take the Sparks job. He indicated the homework was necessary after his time with the Knicks.“What I learned is, if there is not clarity in purpose, vision and mission from ownership to management to coaches to players to staff, it doesn’t work,” he said. “Some of the basketball things are irrelevant if ownership, management, staff, players, if we are not aligned in the way we see going about our jobs and achieving our purpose and our mission.”Since leaving New York, Fisher has worked as a TV analyst. He said he explored jobs with college and men’s pro teams but the timing wasn’t right.He also experienced upheaval in his personal life. “I want more,” she said.Besides Parker, the Sparks have another former league MVP in Nneka Ogwumike and hope to re-sign guard Chelsea Gray.“We have chemistry,” Parker said.Parker noted she first met Fisher when she was 8 or 9 and her older brother’s agent was based in Arkansas, where Fisher is from.Fisher was fired in New York after going 40-96 in 1 ½ seasons while working under then-Knicks executive Phil Jackson, who coached him on the Lakers. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia “He’s invested,” she said.Fisher becomes the 12th coach in franchise history. He takes over a team that went 19-15 in the regular season this year before losing in the second round of the playoffs.Agler resigned without explanation after four years that included winning the WNBA championship in 2016. He had an 85-51 career mark with the Sparks.“I don’t know why he wanted to. I didn’t ask,” Toler said. “When someone wants to resign, it’s not my job to talk them out of it.”Former league MVP Candace Parker was on hand to welcome Fisher. She waved her right hand in the air, showing off her WNBA championship ring that made a clunking noise when her hand hit the table.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? In June 2015, he and former teammate Matt Barnes got into an altercation at the home of Gloria Govan, Barnes’ ex-wife who is now Fisher’s fiancée. In June 2017, Fisher was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after his vehicle flipped on a Los Angeles freeway. He and Govan weren’t injured.Govan and two of Fisher’s children from his first marriage were on hand Friday.“The book is not finished yet,” Fisher said. “I feel like this is an opportunity for me to continue writing my coaching book and I’m excited to do it here in LA with the Sparks.” No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Jalalon, Barroca anchor smothering Magnolia defense in Game 2 win Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Drake Travels To UNI Tuesday Night In First Of Two Games This Week

first_img CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer team returns from a week off from game action on Tuesday night when it travels to UNI for Missouri Valley Conference play. First kick is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday night at UNI (7-5-2, 1-1-1 MVC), the Bulldogs are trying to secure their first MVC win this season. Drake suffered close defeats to Evansville and Indiana State in its first league games. Illinois State Live Stats UNI has just three regular season games, including two Valley contests, remaining after Tuesday night’s meeting. The Panthers are led in goals scored by Sarah Brandt’s five. Drake and UNI battled to a 1-1 draw last season in Des Moines.  Print Friendly Version Story Links Following their two conference games this week, the Bulldogs visit Iowa State on Oct. 18 for a 7 p.m. game with the Cyclones. Illinois State (7-5-2, 1-0-1 MVC) travels to Chicago to play at Loyola Wednesday night. The Redbirds have not lost a game since Sept. 8 at then No. 24 Northwestern. ISU is 5-0-2 during that span with a big win at Indiana State (4-0) and a 1-1 tie against Missouri State Sunday afternoon. Lauren Koehl has a league-leading 10 goals this season. Drake rallied for a 3-2 win over Illinois State last season for its first win in the series since 2005. Drake has four MVC matches remaining this season as the Bulldogs look to carry over their defensive pressure from non-conference play to league action to help secure victories. Drake is 9-1-1 in non-conference games and has allowed just four goals while the Bulldogs have allowed four goals in their two MVC losses. Following Tuesday’s road game, Drake (9-3-1, 0-2-0 MVC) hosts Illinois State on Saturday, Oct. 15 for a 7 p.m. game. UNI Live Stats last_img read more