Built Environment Networking Event

October 17th, 2018 by

  Chelgate Local is excited to be supporting Built Environment Networking’s event focused on development in Essex and the South East! Get up to speed with the Essex property market with discussions by leading local politicians and executives, outlining the development plans for some of the region’s biggest projects. With close proximity to London, Essex is a key centre for economic growth, and councils have started to team up to deliver joint strategic plans to accelerate the creation of housing, jobs and businesses. In Chelmsford we’ll be hearing from: Cllr Gagan Mohindra – Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Essex […]

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Conference roundup special

October 5th, 2018 by

Our one-minute party conference summary…   The dust has finally settled from another entertaining 2018 party political conference season, with plenty to mull over. One unforgettable highlight this week saw an unconventional podium walk from the Prime Minister at the Conservative conference in Birmingham. Aside from that, the past three weeks has also seen Labour coming out strong in Liverpool and the LibDems reasserting themselves in Brighton. There were no disasters, no mishaps, no significant rows, a potential bid to join the 2019 “Strictly” team, Diane Abbott beer mats, Vince Cable mugs and the occasional ‘exotic spresm’. There was offence […]

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Chelgate Local Newsletter – October2018

September 28th, 2018 by

This month: CaMkOx corridor, greenfield land prices flourish, ONS releases fresh household projections, and new Head of Chelgate Local New head of Chelgate Local Michael Hardware has been appointed to head Chelgate’s planning public affairs division, Chelgate Local. With a career spanning over 30 years, 24 of them at Chelgate, Michael has a wealth of experience in property and construction. Over those years he has worked with many of the leading developers and housebuilders undertaking planning public affairs and consultation assignments on a myriad of different projects across the country. As a serving county and district councillor, he brings experience […]

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County Councils step up

September 13th, 2018 by

By Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property at Chelgate Local This article was published in Housebuilder magazine on September 7, 2018. You can view it here (registration required). The role of county councils in planning appears to be changing. Hertfordshire County Council last year called for more planning powers to be able to provide infrastructure, whereas earlier this year it was rumoured that failed local plans may well be passed to county councils to oversee. Some councils are already taking a far greater role in the planning of larger developments, especially garden towns and villages. This could be a belated […]

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Chelgate Local Newsletter – September 2018

August 31st, 2018 by

  Planning Ahead – Planning news, views and insight   This month: Land value capture reform, boost for garden communities, digging into the Social Housing Green Paper and is Right to Buy heading in the wrong direction?   Government looks Onward to land value capture reform By Kasia Banas, Consultant The government has been called on to consider radical reform of land value capture for communities in an open letter addressed to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP. The letter from conservative think-tank Onward was signed by 16 organisations including the […]

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Chelgate Local Newsletter – August 2018

August 2nd, 2018 by

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 […]

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Park Homes in the spotlight!

July 11th, 2018 by

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 […]

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Chelgate Local Newsletter – June 2018

June 27th, 2018 by

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 mhardware@chelgate.com   Raab plants seeds for Garden Village boom Councils planning new […]

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Chelgate Local Newsletter – April 2018

April 23rd, 2018 by

  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 […]

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Prime Minister’s speech on housing and the NPPF

March 5th, 2018 by

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, […]

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