Policy consultations by Central Government: planning appeals inquiry process

Review of the planning appeals process

Update 19/09/2018

We have commented on the policy consultation by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government on the Planning Appeal Inquiries process. You can see what we have said here: Planning Appeal Inquiries process review

The review is designed to identify how processes can be improved so that “decisions can be made sooner but without compromising their quality”.

Revised National Planning Policy Framework

Update 09/05/2018

We have submitted our comments on the Government’s proposed amendments to the National Planning Policy Framework. This is an important document framing planning policies. Amongst a number of issues we have raised, we are seeking to ensure there is improved protection for the setting of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, particularly from insensitive developments which could affect its historic vistas. You can see our comments here: National Planning Policy Framework revision Kew Society comments

House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment

Update 22/02/2016

The Select Committee has now published its report, “Building better places”, which you can see here.

We are pleased to see that the Committee has picked up on several of our points, perhaps most notably recommending that financial viability assessments, often used to argue against the inclusion of affordable housing in schemes, should be published (see paras 324-336 in the report), We hope the Government will implement this recommendation – this is something we have been raising for some time, not least on the Brentford Football Stadium enabling developments where we have achieved partial disclosure through the Freedom of Information Act and appeal to the Information Commissioner.

The report also comments on delays by developers in implementing approved plans for housing development (see paras 312-323) which we raised, on the expertise needed in Council planning departments (see paras 375-376), and on the problems with allowing change of use from employment space to housing introduced by national Government which is causing problems in many parts of the country, including Kew (see paras 131-140).

Update 23/10/2015

We have taken the opportunity to submit evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment, drawing on our experience over the last few years. We have commented on the poor location proposed for the Deer Park School on the A316, difficulties in meeting affordable housing targets, the expertise we think is needed within the Council for optimal planning management, problems with loss of employment space because of Government policies on housing,  delays by developers in implementing agreed plans, and a lack of transparency in the evidence used in assessing the financial viability of schemes. You can see details of the Committee here and our submission on the questions most relevant to us here: Evidence for the House of Lords Select Committee.

You can watch the oral evidence given to the Committee by David Tittle, a Trustee of Civic Voice to which we belong here:Oral evidence

This is an important consultation drawn to our attention by the London Forum which will be featuring the Kew Society in its next Newsletter.

Superfast broadband

Update 26/3/2013

Together with the Richmond Society we drafted a response to the Government’s consultation on speeding up the process for roll-out of superfast broadband around the country. The Government proposed relaxing the current restrictions on deployment of overhead infrastructure in protected areas and removing requirements for prior approval of the siting of street cabinets. The Government’s view is that these relaxations in planning law are needed in order to speed up deployment, especially in rural communities. We do not think the relaxations are necessary and are concerned that they could mean unsightly deployment of street cabinets and overhead lines. Commercial providers should engage with communities through local authorities to demonstrate they have given due weight to environmental issues. The process of approval could be speeded up by the development of guidelines and a Code of Practice which Civic Voice, the national body of civic societies, has already offered to help develop. We submitted comments in a joint letter from the Richmond and Kew Societies on 4 March 2013.

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  • Sat
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    11am & 11.15amThe National Archives

    The National Archives 'Behind the Scenes' tours  on January 21st are sold out. Three further dates a

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    Wednesday February 22nd 2017

    Alexander Road by Caroline Blomfiedl 2011

    (Photo by Caroline Blomfield 2011)

    At the National Archives, Ruskin Av

  • Sat
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    7:00 pmPriory Road Tennis Club House

    The Kew Society Annual Party is on Saturday February 25th, 7pm

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    Doors open at 6.30pm and the talk starts at 7pm.

    'A Riverside View of Georgian London'

    'The past and

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    11:00 amThe National Archives

    This tour is now full, we will be requesting new dates soon.

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    7:00 pmThe National Archives

    The Kew Society committee is calling an EGM to:

    1. approve the changes to the constitution of The Kew
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    7:00 pmThe National Archives

    You are invited to attend a public meeting on local air pollution.

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    11am & 11.15amThe National Archives

     

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     Talk by Simon Inglis (author, Played in London)

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    "Charting the heritage of the world’s

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    We are delighted to offer our members a private guided tour by The Historic Royal Places of The Kew

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    Your chance to hear the local Parliamentary candidates' views and then ask your questions.

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    11am & 11.15amThe National Archives

    We are delighted that the National Archives have offered our members another two 'Behind the Scenes'

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    11am - 6pmKew Green

    Once again the Kew Midsummer Fete is coming to Kew Green and The Kew Society will be having a stall.

  • Sat
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    The Kew Society Summer Party is on Saturday July 29th, 6pm

    We are delighted to invite our members an

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    We were delighted to have the chance to offer our Members the opportunity to enjoy an early Sunday m

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    10am - 4pmThe National Archives

    To celebrate 40 years in Kew, The National Archives are opening their doors. There will be many free

  • Wed
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    5:30 pmRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    Tour of the Economic Botany Collection at the Royal Botanic gardens, Kew by Ethobotanist and Curator

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    5:30 pmRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    Tour of the Economic Botany Collection at the Royal Botanic gardens, Kew by Ethobotanist and Curator

  • Mon
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    7pm - 8.30pmThe National Archives

     

    West London Waste and Recycling team gave an eye-opening presentation to Kew Society members in Ju

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    9:15 amWestminster

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  • Wed
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    6:45 pmThe National Archives

    To all members, please join us at The National Archives for our Annual General Meeting.

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  • Wed
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    We are delighted that Lucinda Ganderton has agreed to talk to The Kew Society. She will reveal how Q

  • Thu
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    As part of the next phase of the village planning process, the council are hosting a number of 'Ques

  • Wed
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    6.45pm for 7pm startThe National Archives

    Following a fascinating presentation by Professor Roger Mason earlier this year, the Kew Society hav