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The Future Fox Digest, Jan 21

Welcome to the first edition of The Future Fox Digest.

The team and I are pleased to bring you some recent highlights from the planning and technology world. Subscribe to our Newsletter to be the first in the know about updates in our industry and to hear about our newest projects.

HM Gov Right to Regenerate

New plans announced this month by the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick would allow for easier redevelopment of underused public land by communitiesThe ‘Right to Regenerate’ proposals provide an opportunity for communities to decide how to make better use of neglected land and turn empty buildings into new homes or community spaces in England. This new process promises to cut through red tape, selling the land back to communities by default.

You can respond to the consultation by 13th March

People Feel More Connected to Their Communities

In a study completed by The National Lottery Community Fund, data shows that more people plan to get involved with their local community. The study reveals that nearly 7 in 10 people feel like they are a part of their community with 3 in 10 people planning to get involved in 2021. These results reflect that Covid-19 has influenced people’s sense of belonging (35%), showing that the challenges faced in 2020 have inspired communities to come together to resolve local issues.

Read more about this story here.

Green Groups Challenge Planning Reforms

A coalition led by the CPRE has challenged the government’s white paper scheme that bypasses pre-application consultations for ‘growth’ zones. Whilst there will be no local planning committee, the Housing Minister Christopher Pincher has stated that they still plan to engage local people in planning developments, subject to democratic control.

We are interested to see how local communities will be invited to engage in new developments and how the zone system will serve to both protect the natural environment while also meeting new housing demands.

Read more about this story here.

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