Topic: Transport and infrastructure

Affordable, accessible and sustainable transport and infrastructure are crucial to the economy and wellbeing of every community.

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On Your Radar October 2012

On Your Radar looks back over the last period, ahead at what could be hitting the headlines and comments on issues relevant to local government that will be influencing the political landscape over the coming months. This edition covers: Upcoming briefings Party conferences 2012 - main announcements and developments DCLG during the conference recess

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Consultation on revised Sustainable Development Indicators

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is completing the final consultation on a new set of national Sustainable Development Indicators (SDI’s). The consultation ends on 15 October and can be returned via an online survey: http://sd.defra.gov.uk/new-sd-indicators/ * The new set of indicators has been streamlined, with 68 being reduced to 37: 12…

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Setting local speed limits: a consultation

The Department for Transport has published a consultation on setting local speed limits. The proposed guidance sets out the framework that traffic authorities should follow when setting and reviewing local speed limits on single and dual carriageway roads in urban and rural areas, and should be finalised by the end of 2012. The circular pulls…

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On Your Radar August-September 2012

On Your Radar looks back over the last period, ahead at what could be hitting the headlines and comments on issues relevant to local government that will be influencing the political landscape over the coming months. This edition catches up with what the LGiU and CLG have been doing over August. Briefings during August CLG…

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The Coalition’s housing and planning reform package: focus on planning

The government has announced a set of planning and housing measures as part of its overall efforts to stimulate the economy. The key planning announcements include: • an instruction to local planning authorities to renegotiate section 106 obligations relating to affordable housing in some circumstances • a time-limited relaxation of permitted development rights • possible…

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Reuniting health with planning

A new handbook – Reuniting Health With Planning: Healthier Homes, Healthier Communities, published by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) – highlights the opportunities that government reforms create for planners and public health practitioners to work more closely together. These are contained within the National Planning Policy Framework, the Health and Social Care Act…

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Rural Communities Inquiry

This briefing alerts local authorities to a Select Committee Inquiry into the Government’s new rural policy arrangements. *The Commission for Rural Communities and the Rural Advocate have been replaced by a new in-house Rural Communities Policy Unit. It is currently preparing a Government-wide Rural Statement. *The Environment Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee has launched…

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City Deals – implications for enhanced devolution and local economic growth

With the ‘City Deal’ announcements on July 5 2012, the government has now concluded agreements with the eight ‘Core Cities’ and/or their ‘Local Enterprise Partnerships’ (LEPs) on a range of measures to stimulate city growth and development. This briefing outlines the genesis and progress to date on city deals, their importance to the city regions…

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NICE public health draft guidance on obesity

This briefing covers the recent draft guidance by NICE on obesity on which it is seeking views. It discusses a community-based multi-sectoral approach. It will be useful to all those concerned with public health in local government and to Members and officers involved in planning, transport, leisure, walking, cycling, the health of staff and communities’…

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