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Grass Roots Online Issue 31

The Civic Trust - better places for people

Help create a knowledge base of Civic Trust fact sheets!
One of our ambitions is to produce more summaries of national legislation, regulations, guidance, PPGs, etc., in a way which will give Civic Societies, in concise form, the information you need to engage as effectively as possible with the planning system. The proliferation and complexity of planning law and guidance, and the rapid rate of change being pushed forward by Government, means that new and updated information of importance to their ability to engage effectively is needed, and it is difficult for us to provide this service at present. The Civic Trust want to establish a virtual team of Civic Societies who are keen to offer advice and share expertise, and in doing so help The Civic Trust develop a series of fact sheets that will help you engage as effectively as possible with the planning system.

If you would be interested in supporting us in this initiative, please click here.
Civic Trust Chairman on Channel 4 as a legal expert
Leading licensing barrister and Civic Trust Chairman, Philp Kolvin has worked with feminist campaign groups the Fawcett Society, and Object, and was recently invited to appear on the Channel 4's "Dispatches" programme on lapdancing as a legal expert.
Civic Trust Awards' Angela Brady is on national TV
Vice Chairman of the Civic Trust Awards National Panel, Angela Brady, will be appearing regularly on Channel 4's "The Home Show." Angela will be visiting Copenhagen, Venice, Paris, Marrakech, Bavaria and Palma to unlock the secrets of beautiful homes which epitomise each national style, and will show viewers how they can create a similar look.
Planning Bill Update
Planning Bill Update - still no concessions from the Government: Despite herculean efforts, the current position is that the Government's Planning Bill, which is being debated by the House of Lords now and will face its final vote in the House of Commons during November, remains essentially unchanged, reducing your ability to have input into the Independent Planning Commission's decisions about major projects near you.
Planning applications: A faster and more responsive system
The Civic Trust has made its longest ever reponse to a Government consultation. Members contributed to the Trust's response on the Killian Pretty Report, which examines how the current planning system can be accelerated and made more "customer focused

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PPS6 'will help alleviate downturn'
The government's revised retail planning policy will help small shop owners suffering as a result of the credit crunch, housing minister Iain Wright told the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) today.
Wright reassured them that new protections included in the government's revised PPS6, published in July, will help them through the economic downturn and keep town centres vibrant.

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Enabling Development Guidance
English Heritage has released their updated guidance on Enabling Development - that is, development within the curtilage of a Listed or Scheduled site which is permissible if it would demonstrably be the only way of saving the heritage asset itself.
The 90-page document can be seen on http://www.helm.org.uk/enablingdevelopment"
Green Pennant Award
The Green Pennant Award is part of the Green Flag Award scheme, which is the national benchmark for parks and green spaces in England and Wales. The Green Pennant Award is given to green spaces which are managed by community or voluntary groups, and it recognises the importance of these groups in providing valuable green spaces in their neighbourhoods. If you would like to register your interest in entering your green space for a Green Pennant Award, please click here . To find out more about the Award, click here
Building for Life Award winners announced
Despite the challenging economic climate, more schemes than ever before were submitted for the prestigious Building for Life standard - 125 in 2008, rising from 35 in 2007. A record number of developments have achieved the Standard, which means they demonstrated a commitment to high quality design, good placemaking and sustainable development.
"Ten Streets for All: Practical Case Studies"

English Heritage, which launched the Save our Streets campaign in 2004, has now published the best "how to" examples from around the country in ten Streets for All: Practical Case Studies. These showcase examples of councils who have taken the initiative to deal with a particular aspect of street clutter.

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