Raynsford Review, understanding councillors, super-prime market steadies, Castle Point crisis and new homes slow Raynsford reins in ‘patchwork’ planning system By Kasia Banas, Consultant There is a ‘chaotic patchwork’ of different planning responsibilities in the country, the long-awaited Raynsford Review of the planning system warned earlier this month. The report, which provides “a holistic appraisal of the kind of planning system that England will need from 2020 onwards”, calls for a people-centred planning system, compatible with promoting the health, well-being and civil rights of communities. The esteemed former Housing Minister Nick Raynsford identifies restoring public confidence in the planning […]Read More..
This month: Letwin on land banking, Malthouse ignores ONS stats, upwards extensions, HRA borrowing cap and TCPA’s tips on affordable housing Malthouse calls for “more, better, faster” as Gov ignore latest population stats By Daniel Fryd, Senior Consultant Government will not change its housing need targets despite official statistics predicting lower household growth than previously thought, it was confirmed last week. In a consultation report launched at the end of last week, just before the Budget and its slew of other reports was released, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) set out its latest position […]Read More..
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 […]Read More..
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 […]Read More..
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..
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..
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..
Budget breakdown, Letwin review and Oxfordshire deals A vision for homes? Just a few weeks ago Theresa May dedicated what remains of her premiership to fixing the housing problem. A bold claim and one which she almost immediately passed to besieged Phillip Hammond to deliver in his Budget today. And Spreadsheet Phil has come up with an interesting package of measures, but is there any real substance here? The answer is not really. The Chancellor has announced a few new measures, repackaged a few older measures and carefully sought to break down the dominance of the big house builders […]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..