Planning Update June 2014- BREEAM, Code, Sustainable Buildings

Planning Update June 2014- BREEAM, Code, Sustainable Buildings

From 31 July 2014, it will no longer be necessary to provide Code for Sustainable Homes or BREEAM reporting with the majority of applications. The Minister has now set out how current requirements for BREEAM/Code for Sustainable Homes will be removed from the planning process.  On 31 July 2014, Part B of the sustainable building policy under Planning Policy Wales (minimum sustainable building – standards code level 3, BREEAM para 4.12.4) will be withdrawn.  Decisions made after that date need not take it into account and the current requirement to accompany planning applications with pre-assessment C4SH or BREEAM reports will fall.  The same approach applies to S73 applications to vary planning conditions on existing planning permissions (e.g. requiring interim and post-construction reporting). click here to see more...
Legislation Update

Legislation Update

Planning Bill The consultation on the Planning Bill closed on 26th February . The Bill contains the Welsh Government’s proposals to modernise the planning system in Wales through changes to primary legislation, secondary legislation, policy and guidance. The consultation paper identified the need for culture change and a change in attitude away from regulating development towards encouraging and supporting development. The Bill is expected to be introduced to the Assembly in June (though no formal timetable has been published) and will be keeping a close eye on its progress. We will seek to keep people informed as the Bill progresses. Latest news on the Planning Bill can be found here. Housing Bill The Housing Bill is progressing through the Assembly and is now at Stage 2 committee consideration of amendments. The majority of the Housing Bill relates to issues which may not be immediately relevant to architects such as landlord licensing and council tax on empty homes. The RIBA are contributing to the Bill through their membership of the Development Quality Requirements Review and RIBA made a submission to the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee on barriers to home building in Wales. Heritage Bill Heritage issues have been prominent over the past six months with the Welsh Government issuing regular strategic plans for the historic environment of Wales, the creation of a new independent advisory panel and the decision that Cadw and the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales will remain separate organisations. A Heritage Bill is still some way off and likely to be introduced to the Assembly in 2015.  Future Generations Bill The Welsh Government has indicated that...