Chelgate Local Newsletter – July 2017

July 20th, 2017 by

  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 Local Plan Under Fire

July 3rd, 2017 by

  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..

Secretary of State speaks at Romania Conference

February 10th, 2016 by

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..

UK energy policy: gas and fracking

December 7th, 2015 by

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..

The future of solar

November 25th, 2015 by

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..

Work Wise UK – Celebrating 10 years of success

June 4th, 2015 by

Chelgate’s Executive Vice President, Michael Hardware, published the below piece on Work Wise UK’s blog, looking back on Work Wise UK’s 10 years of innovative efforts to improve working practices across the country. Chelgate was retained to handle public relations and public affairs for Work Wise UK from its launch in May 2006 through until 2011. — Assisting Work Wise UK was a fascinating assignment for Chelgate, as it focused on updating working practices that have been ingrained since Victorian times: working nine-to-five in a central work location is the way we have always done it. But it does not have to be that […]

Read More..

Election Competition – And The Winner Is…

May 28th, 2015 by

Thanks to all of you who entered the Chelgate Election Competition We don’t often do promotions here at Chelgate – we like to let our work speak for itself. But there is one promotion we have been running almost since the beginning: our general election competition. At each and every general election, we ask our clients, our contacts, our friends and even our competitors to predict the outcome of the election. The most accurate seer is rewarded with a case of champagne. This year, we asked entrants to guess: Who would win the most seats Whether we would have a […]

Read More..

Why are shadows being cast over solar?

December 23rd, 2014 by

When the Coalition came to power in 2011 and a Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was created, David Cameron’s pledge was to lead “the Greenest Government ever”. But not only has that not happened, it could be argued that this Government is actually going backwards, especially with solar energy now that DECC has confirmed the subsidy changes to come into effect next April following a recent failed attempt to challenge the policy in the High Court.   Energy targets The overall target was that 15 per cent of total energy would come from renewables by 2020 (30 per […]

Read More..

Turbulent twelve months for planning?

December 1st, 2014 by

Chelgate Autumn Newsletter 2014 Unusually, we know when the General Election will be next year: 7 May 2015. The Coalition’s move to fixed term parliaments has in one sense added an element of certainty to political and thus commercial life. But in other respects the future for local authorities, planners and developers has never been more uncertain. It would be a foolish person who claimed to predict the outcome of the next general election, whether in terms of votes, seats or the government which emerges from the smoke and fury. Labour maintains a remarkably narrow lead over the Conservatives given […]

Read More..

Filling the PR void of fracking

December 1st, 2014 by

Chelgate Autumn Newsletter 2014 The UK stands on the launchpad of a shale revolution, but while this prospect is threatened by ill-informed and ill-intended opposition, it is not helped by the reluctance of the UK oil and gas industry to do more in terms of information dissemination, engagement and community contributions. Huge potential reserves of oil and gas have been identified in various areas of England and Scotland which, if exploited, could lead to an economic boom similar to that experienced in the US in recent years. But protest groups have been very effective in swaying public opinion against hydraulic […]

Read More..