Why policy matters
The LI have now submitted planning strategies on how, after the revocations of RSS, larger-than-local scale planning (e.g. green infrastructure and waste management) will work, including a look at the viability of Local Enterprise Partnerships.
The LI Policy Committee will also be responding to the following two policy proposals that have the potential to have an impact on the profession:
Communities and Local Government inquiry – Localism (deadline 1 October)
This inquiry will focus on the government’s plans for localism and the decentralisation of public services. For more information, read our article ‘Localism could miss the big picture on planning.’
Defra white paper discussion document – An invitation to shape the nature of England (deadline 30 October)
The document covers green infrastructure, ecosystem services and the value of the natural environment, all of which are central themes of recent, and ongoing, LI policy activity.
We’d be delighted if more members would like to assist in helping shape the LI’s response. For more information on how to get involved, please contact the policy team, Policy and Public Affairs Officer on 020 7299 4537 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
What the press are saying
Regeneration & Renewal Blog
Ben Cook says the charity, Groundwork Northern Ireland, have been working on bringing the feuding sides of the country together to form, as David Cameron proposed, “a Big Society”. However, their efforts have been undermined as £200,000 was withdrawn from their funding by (ironically) the Department for Social Development. According to an Ashton Community Trust worker, “the idea of the Big Society – without material resources – is nonsense.”
Speaking of fewer resources, £7.5m will be taken out of construction services as a result of Building Schools For the Future (BSF) being scrapped. But, says Sarah Richardson in her blog, it’s not all bad.
Despite the client design adviser now being at the centre of the project – which makes the government’s decision not to fund Cabe’s service quite perverse – smaller firms are going to find that they’re back in the game, she says. Pascale Scheurer argues, civil society may indeed play a part in the free school movement through online networks that are able to salvage experience gained on BSF.