Saturday, 20 February 2010
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Friday, 19 February 2010
I am sure we are all very keen to know just what the objectives of the Highland-wide Local Development Plan will turn out to be. The content of their blog post - "how the plan objectives can be delivered" - certainly seems to indicate that whatever will be included in the HwLDP very much depends on whether or not it can be delivered.
Click here to read the planners blog post.
(All views always gratefully received)
Question 1: Do you think it is important to know how much land we are using for development and where that land is?
"Most definitely - although the local plan should identify where the land is but changes in between local plans being drawn up could slip people's attention"
"Yes, clear maps really get the message across""PPS 1 says it is the right of the community to decide the future shape of their environment therefore its important that the community view is reflected by the planning policy teams preparing the Local Plan and the Local Development Frameworks."
"The reason why I would always support (and indeed, I often 'champion') planning as a system/activity/profession is because without it - we are left with only the market, and with market allocation of land, land uses and all the things that come with that (goods, services etc). So, outside all the bunkum that you've no doubt read about the planning system being there to do x, y and z (which is it's purpose, of course) - really the reason we have a planning system is that we as a society decided some time ago that the use and development of land should be regulated and strategically provided for. That means that all the red tape and regulation you're currently working through is supposed to be there to ensure that land is developed in a way that doesn't just suit the landowner, but contributes something to broader social/environmental/economic goals. Now, that of course is the key question for debate - and where planning becomes very politically contested (as you know) over whether a development constitutes something that contributes to such goals, and even what the goals should be."
Apologies in advance if all the fonts come out differently: it happens when I import from e mails
If APT hired a hall and set up a microphone would you come along and speak out in a 5 minute slot?
Would you come along and listen to what others had to say?
Would you like to hear from your councillors, politicians or even the Director of Planning for Highland?
How about hearing from local architects or other planning professionals working in the area?
What about the landowners perspective?
What is it that you feel needs to be done?
Post now or contact APTSec through the e mail address.
Two items caught my eye today. The first was an item in my 'in box' sent through from the Planners Network UK regarding a conference in the US. PNUK sent these details to introduce ideas and possibly stimulate potential lines of debate for the network .
"No More Affordable Housing Scams (NO MAHS)" Towards Community Control of Land in New York City.
This is a call for those who are tired of being told that their dream for truly sustainable housing, free from market pressures, is unreasonable, impractical, or naive. This conference aims to create a space where we can radically re-imagine what is possible in our struggles over land, learn about some of the concrete skills to implement new strategies for community control over our resources, and build and strengthen ties within the housing, community and social justice movements."
The next item was on the 'Shelter' web site:
"Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland said: 'The smoke and mirrors will not blind us to the fact that there is nothing new in the Scottish Budget for homes, and nothing new for construction jobs."
To find out more from Mr Brown and Shelter click here
So where do you stand on the affordable housing debate? Do you think we are building the homes that people need and importantly want to live in? Where is the money going to come from?
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
1 Do you think it is important to know how much land we are using for development and where that land is?
2 Do you think it is important to know what will be developed on the land – roads, railways, schools, surgeries, shops, houses, industrial units, tourism centres, renewable energy provision, waste management etc?
3 Do you feel that Government’s and Local Council’s could play a greater role in helping people understand the planning system? (Facilitate more courses for Community Councils from Planning Aid Scotland for example)?
4 Do you find the information that APT provides - through meetings and / or e mails and / or the blog - of any help?
5 Do you feel that you could continue to support the group? (‘Support’ can take many forms and membership is open to anyone who agrees with the groups objectives)
If you are not on our database and would like to be please contact APTSEC at the address on the LHS
Wildlife & Natural Environment Bill Consultation Analysis
Full Consultation Analysis - http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2010/02/15104834/0
Research Findings - http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2010/02/15104751/0
Monday, 15 February 2010
for full item see Highland Council web site click here
"Planners should consider the impact of new housing on local health services when considering planning applications, according to the British Medical Association Scotland"
Planning Magazine item here
BBC Item here
Edinburgh Evening News item here
Roll on the next census!