Week commencing 15 July 2019

In today's bulletin

• Housing design for the ages
• Put student health and wellbeing at the heart of developments

• Seabed managers prepare industry for Offshore Wind leasing launch later this year
• Consider “smart energy” in national planning

Property, Planning and Regeneration

Housing design for the ages

Age-friendly design and building, support for moving home and better integrated public services are just some of the actions proposed by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in its latest report.
The report, A home for the ages, explores the housing issues arising from an ageing society and how to address and plan for them through better design.

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Put student health and wellbeing at the heart of developments

University students need their accommodation to be a home from home that makes their move to independent living easier according to new guidance from the British Property Federation (BPF).
The guidance, on wellbeing and mental health protocols for the student accommodation sector, has been endorsed by the Department for Health.

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UK economic growth to remain below long-term trend

Economic growth in the UK is predicted to remain at a modest 1.4 per cent in 2019 and 1.3 per cent in 2020, below its long-term trend of 2 per cent, according to PwC’s UK Economic Outlook report.
The report’s predictions are based on the assumption that a Brexit deal is eventually passed resulting in an orderly exit from the EU.

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Consider “smart energy” in national planning

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has warned that planning policy needs to change to facilitate a net zero carbon future.
In its report NPPF: lack of attention to smart energy, the RTPI says that, “nothing should be planned without demonstrating it is fit to take its place in a net zero emissions future.”

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Transport

Improvements in Britain’s railway slowing

An Office of Road and Rail (ORR) report released on Tuesday (16 July) has found that British railways remain some of the safest in Europe, but improvement has slowed.
The report highlighted increasing pressure on the system due to higher demand and warned that technological advances should be implemented with care.

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Highways England praised in ORR report

Highways England has been praised for its running of A-roads and motorways but told to improve efficiency by the Office of Road and Rail (ORR).
A report released on Thursday (18 July) found that 98.3 per cent of the road network run by the organisation was kept open over the last year, but that increased traffic and more roadworks were worsening the issue of congestion.

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Energy and environment

New tool for tracking methane emissions worldwide

A new “methane tracker” developed by the International Energy Agency (IEA) will provide a detailed picture of global methane gas emissions.
The new tool will track this often-overlooked greenhouse gas and help provide details on how to use existing technology to reduce emissions. IEA analysis suggests methane emissions from the oil and gas sector could be reduced by nearly half.

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How to create sustainable supply chains for the future

How will the UK reduce deforestation and environmental degradation? Business leaders and environmental organisations have come together to form a new taskforce charged with identifying actions to reduce the impacts of key UK supply chains on the climate and environment.
The Global Resource Initiative (GRI) taskforce will produce a report, due to be delivered next year (2020), that will be the foundation for the UK’s sustainability agenda and Sustainable Development Goals.

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Seabed managers prepare industry for Offshore Wind leasing launch later this year

In anticipation of launching Offshore Wind Leasing Round 4 later this year, The Crown Estate presented its revised tender design to the market on 18 July.
Following 18 months of engagement, The Crown Estate, confirmed that it will make between 7GW and 8.5GW of capacity available to bidders.

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Other News

LGiU sets out local government funding recommendations

LGiU – the local democracy think tank – has challenged the next Prime Minister to address local council finances within his first 100 days in office.
In a report called Local Finance Taskforce: A roadmap to a sustainable future, the LGiU recommends the new Government commits to an emergency one year local government funding settlement. The Government’s current plans include a 75 per cent Business Rate Retention and a Fair Funding Review.

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