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..
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..
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced today radical new proposals to crack down on the use of leaseholds in new-build homes. Leaseholds have previously been used for flats with shared communal areas however the number of houses sold as leaseholds has increased significantly in recent years. In many of these cases, there are clauses within the leaseholds that specify significant increases in ‘ground rent’ charges. A common example is for the ground rent to double every ten years. This has led to some leaseholders being left with homes that are almost impossible to sell. In other instances, the freehold has […]Read More..
A year on from Brexit, A weak and wobbly Great Repeal Bill, New Leader of St Albans Council National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) Steve Quartermain, the Chief Planner of the DCLG has said that the Government will be looking to make the much discussed revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework this year. The department anticipate that a consultation will be launched no later than this summer, and that the department will be working on a revised NPPF towards the back end of this year. Savid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has said […]Read More..
Waverley Borough Council’s Local Plan is under examination – early indications suggest the council will need to provide more homes. The examination in public (EiP) of Part 1 of the Waverley Local Plan, allocating strategic sites across the borough up to 2032, got off to a rocky start in Farnham last week. Such was local interest in the EiP that two additional rooms had to be provided at the council’s offices to accommodate the numbers. In April, in preparation for the EiP, the inspector had posed a series of questions to the council. These included questioning the allocation at […]Read More..
The Romanian Secretary of State for the Economy, Claudiu Vrinceanu, was the keynote speaker at the Doing Business in Romania Conference last Wednesday (February 3), which was organised by Chelgate. The Minister was joined at the Romanian Cultural Institute by the newly appointed adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister, Viorel Ciocoiu, and Matteo Patrone, Director, of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, to give an insight to Romania as a destination for business and investment. The conference, which was co-hosted by the Romanian Embassy, InvestRomania, the British Romanian Chamber of Commerce (BRCC), Chelgate and Eversheds, heard how Romania […]Read More..
All coal-fired power stations will need to cease generating by 2025 – many will close far earlier due to a lack of investment. This will mean that a significant amount of gas-powered generation will need to be built in the next 10 years which, in turn, will result in an increase in the level of gas usage. The UK consumes, on average, three trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of gas a year. The North Sea, the main source of supplies since the 1970s, is now a mature field and only has approximately 19Tcf remaining. More than half our supplies are imported […]Read More..
Today (November 25, 2015), the Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, used Prime Minister’s Questions to ask five of his six questions about the Government’s energy policy. He expressed concerns that the reduction in subsidies, especially solar, will result in job losses, will stop local authorities investing in green energy, will not achieve environmental targets, and will dispel the myth that the last Conservative Government was the greenest government ever. He also re-iterated the criticism levelled by the UN Chief Scientist that the UK is going backwards in terms of renewable energy In responding, the Prime Minster appeared to give […]Read More..