Consultation on Planning Law in Wales

The Law Commission is running a public consultation on Planning Law in Wales having published a Scoping Paper on 30 June.  Emphasis is on simplification and consolidation of planning legislation in Wales and includes proposals to amalgamate the listed building and conservation area consent regimes with planning permission. The reform elements comprise: the restatement of existing law so that…

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Rural tourism in England inquiry launched

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee–chaired by the Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton, Neil Parish–has launched an inquiry into the role of tourism in supporting rural growth in England. The Government's Five Point Plan for Tourism, published in July 2015, explicitly seeks to drive tourism beyond London. Taking this further, the Select…

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Leaving the EU: implications and opportunities for science and research

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee is examining the implications and opportunities of leaving the EU for science and research. The Committee intends to hold hearings on this inquiry during July, and invites written submissions during that period, which might address the following issues: 1. What the effect of the various models available…

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Self-sufficient local government: 100% business rates retention

The Department for Communities and Local Government opened a public consultation on 5 July on the Government’s proposal to allow councils to retain 100% of the business rates they raise locally. This follows on rapidly from the CLG Select Committee's report on business rates retention that was published on 14 June and reported in the previous…

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Capacity of the housebuilding industry to meet demand for new homes

The CLG Committee has launched an inquiry into the capacity of the housebuilding industry to meet demand for new homes. The Committee invites submissions of evidence on the following issues: whether the numbers of builders and types of firms in the homebuilding industry is sufficient to meet housing demand the structure of the homebuilding industry,…

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Select Committee inquiry into Local Plan-making

The CLG Select Committee, Chaired by Clive Betts MP, has launched a short inquiry into Local Plan-making. Views are sought on the 47 measures proposed to Government by the Local Plan Expert Group in its Report published in March. Amongst other recommendations, the Group has called for a statutory duty to be placed on Local Plan-making…

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Cambridge–Milton Keynes–Oxford: ‘growth corridor’ call for evidence

In the 2016 Budget, the Chancellor asked the National Infrastructure Commission to make recommendations to Government to maximize the potential of the Cambridge–Milton Keynes–Oxford corridor. The Commission has launched a 12-week call for evidence and encourages all interested parties to submit evidence, ideas and solutions. Amongst other aspects, the Commission invites evidence on why many…

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Consultation on distribution of Big Lottery Fund money

On 20 May the Government launched a 12-week consultation  inviting views into how National Lottery money is distributed across the UK through the Big Lottery Fund. The Big Lottery Fund receives 40% of the £1.8 billion ‘good causes’ money generated through the National Lottery each year. This amounts to around £700 million annually to improve lives…

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Consultation on power to disqualify from acting as a trustee

The Charity Commission has launched a consultation into proposals for the exercise of a new statutory power to disqualify individuals from acting as trustees.  The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 gives the Commission a power to disqualify individuals from acting as trustees. The measure, which is set to come into effect in July, will…

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Consultation on distribution of Big Lottery Fund money

On 20 May the Government launched a 12-week consultation  inviting views into how National Lottery money is distributed across the UK through the Big Lottery Fund. The Big Lottery Fund receives 40% of the £1.8 billion ‘good causes’ money generated through the National Lottery each year. This amounts to around £700 million annually to improve lives…

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