Planning Ahead – Planning news, views, and insight This month: New NPPF, it’s all happening in Basildon, and no sign of the Social Housing Green Paper Welcome to August’s edition of Chelgate Local’s Newsletter, Planning Ahead. Things have been hotting up at Chelgate Local this month along with the weather. We achieved planning permission for a residential scheme in Kent, started work on a major new project in Uttlesford, and got draft allocation for a 4,000-home garden village in Tandridge. Please find further information below about how to get in touch for help with your projects, and to sign up […]Read More..
The following article written by Mike Hardware, Associate Director, concerning Park Homes has been published by PlacemakingResource. The popularity of mobile homes has grown significantly in recent years. No longer the preserve of the over-55s or retiring couples, rising house prices and decreasing affordability have led to these homes becoming more mainstream with over 3,000 sites across the UK. But the peace and quiet of these serene oases is potentially under threat by overzealous local authorities. Park homes, as they are better known, have been around since the 1940s, which is when Warfield Park in Bracknell was first established. The Mobile Homes Act of […]Read More..
In the June issue of the Chelgate Local Newsletter we discuss the Garden Village Boom, the housing crisis laid bare in NHF report, an update of the Letwin Review and a round-up of Council Local Plans What’s new with Chelgate… The team took on new work promoting six new schemes of residential and supported housing across the home counties. We also supported on public and political engagement for large mixed residential schemes in Oxfordshire, Leicestershire and Bedfordshire. To find out how we can help you, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org Raab plants seeds for Garden Village boom Councils planning new […]Read More..
Chelgate’s new addition, Garden City principals, the Letwin Review, Labour bite back on housing, and why the May elections will bring Tory blues in the Capital Chelgate Local makes new senior hire Chelgate Local has hired David Mills from Sainsbury’s to lead its property communications and stakeholder engagement division. With a team of specialists in community, political and stakeholder engagement, Chelgate Local is one of the leading agencies working in the property sector and has been working with residential and commercial developers for 30 years. David was responsible for public affairs, media and community relations around Sainsbury’s […]Read More..
The Prime Minister’s speech this morning about the changes to the planning system have received an understandably mooted response from the industry. She made promises to tackle the housing crisis, calling upon housebuilders to ‘do their duty’ and ‘stop sitting on land and start building houses’ and ‘restore the dream’ of home ownership. Many of the provisions outlined by Theresa May were discussed in detail by the MHCLG ministerial team which attended the Conservative Councillors’ Association (CCA) conference in Warwickshire on Friday. Despite a weather-hit attendance, Heather Wheeler MP and Rishi Sunak MP joined Secretary of State, Sajid Javid MP, […]Read More..
NPPF timetable, the Letwin Review and an MP attacks ‘predatory’ developers New timescales for NPPF revealed Secretary of State, Sajid Javid, is working towards an ‘Easter’ date for publication of the new draft NPPF, it was revealed last week. The long-awaited changes to the country’s ‘planning bible’ will include the rollout of the new method for calculating Objectively Assessed Housing Need. This was met with fury from many of the Conservative government’s own councils in the Home Counties when it was initially released in September last year. The revised NPPF is also expected to bring changes to the way developers […]Read More..
By Michael Hardware, Associate Director, Chelgate Local – Essex Garden Villages This article was published as an opinion piece in PlacemakingResource on 22nd January. You can view it here (subscription needed). Essex may soon overtake Kent as the ‘Garden of England’, with numerous garden communities planned and new bids about to be announced. Several of Essex’s councils are taking an increasingly prominent role in the development of these new communities. Working collaboratively using garden city principles and an infrastructure-first approach, the new garden towns and villages are set to deliver significant numbers of new homes in communities in which people […]Read More..
DCLG Secretary of State, Sajid Javid, has given 15 local planning authorities a deadline of 31st January 2018 Sajid Javid has today announced he will be formally intervening in “unacceptably slow” local authorities who are yet to adopt a local plan. Blasting local authorities who are lagging behind in adopting a local plan for development, the Communities Secretary said that his “patience has run out” and that the formal intervention process for non-compliant local authorities will begin. Speaking in Bristol this morning, Javid set out the need for sustainable housing development across the country and praised the majority of […]Read More..
Chelgate keeps you up to date with Planning this month… Slough in green belt land grab Slough Council has announced an audacious bid to meet its housing numbers by proposing a new settlement of 10,000 homes in South Bucks District Council. Needless to say, South Bucks has opposed the plan. Like a number of other urban unitary authorities with tightly drawn boundaries (think Stevenage, Luton etc) Slough has struggled to meet its housing need within its own borders. This was not a particular problem when Regional Spatial Strategies existed but since their removal these urban authorities have struggled. In […]Read More..
Gove announces UK’s plan to ban all petrol and diesel cars by 2040, Sajid Javid to crack down on leaseholds abuses, Gove on delivering a ‘Green Brexit’ Gove announces that the UK will ban all petrol and diesel cars by 2040 Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, has announced plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK roads by 2040, in a bid to meet challenging emissions targets. Gove explained that the increasing number of petrol and diesel cars on our roads is having a damaging effect on people’s health, the environment and […]Read More..