Welcome to Bennett's World: a collection of articles and references covering a wide variety of topics in which I am involved. I am a very political person but I have no allegiance to any political party. Follow me on twitter @colinhove

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Better Access to Development Planning Documents

Consideration of Development Planning in our society under the Town & Country Planning Act is a vital process. Not everyone understands it or takes advantage of the possibilities of influencing Planning decisions. Access to information about Planning issues has up to now been restricted to those who can visit specific Council Offices to consult the relevant files or attend the Planning Committee Meetings. The advent of the world-wide web (of which this Blog is a part) offers a very important opportunity for all people, including disabled people to participate in the Planning process which is an essential part of local democracy. As an active campaigner in Brighton & Hove and nationally, I welcome this development. I therefore have asked my local Planning Department at Brighton & Hove City Council about making full availability of Planning Documents. I am pleased to say that I have had encouraging news as a result of my enquiry. It appears that as part of a national initiative called e-planning which has been undertaken by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (the Government Department that oversees all Planning matters), more comprehensive information will be put online. I find this information most encouraging and I will not be the only one watching out for progress later this this year !

Friday, March 10, 2006

Local News : Council in court over hearing loop

Yes my DDA case against Brighton & Hove City Council featured in the local Brighton & Hove Argus newspaper. Thanks to their online archives you can read this by clicking here.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

DDA Dossier Document 55

I have promised various people that I would inform them that the General Form of Judgment or Order from my recent day in Court is now online. Click here.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

News about (lack of) Disabled Access to Brighton & Hove Council Buildings

Front page news in the Brighton & Hove Argus on Friday. This is not related to my DDA Case (see the Dossier here) but it makes interesting reading.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

My DDA Claim Dossier

New additions to my dossier have been added up to and including Document 54. Please click here !