Chelgate Local Newsletter – June 2019

July 12th, 2019 by

This month: All change at Basildon Council … again, Stansted growth and Uttlesford’s local plan, London sales and lettings, and Unlocking Growth in Oxford and Oxfordshire   All change at Basildon Council … again By Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property The politics of Basildon Council never provides a dull moment: for the fourth time, in as many years, the administration has changed hands again. The May local elections saw the council move into ‘no overall control’ with the Conservatives losing two seats and its slim majority. The opposition groups have joined in an alliance to form an administration, […]

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Chelgate Local Newsletter – May 2019

June 10th, 2019 by

This month: May Local Elections, New councillors, Hertfordshire Growth Plans and Oxford-Cambridge Growth Corridor May Local Elections By Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property The dust is settling following the dramatic May local elections in which the two main parties saw very significant losses. Ordinarily, the party in power would be expected to lose members mid-term and for the opposition to pick them up, but that did not happen. Both parties lost seats to the benefit of the LibDems, independent and resident groups. Although many are seeing this as a protest vote rather than a trend, caused by the […]

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Chelgate Local Newsletter – April 2019

April 4th, 2019 by

This month: Spring Statement, MHCLG musings, Housing Delivery Test and London development slumps Housing blooms in Spring Statement By Kasia Banas, Consultant While mostly overshadowed by the Brexit debates and votes, this year’s Spring Statement included a number of important housing announcements. The new package is part of government’s wider strategy to deliver 300,000 a year by the mid-2020s and includes new infrastructure funding, reforms of parts of the planning system and increasing energy efficiency of new builds. Housing Guarantees The Chancellor confirmed that £3 billion will be available in loans to housing associations, to facilitate delivery of 30,000 new […]

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Breakfast Briefing on the impact of air rights and upward development in solving London’s housing issues

March 8th, 2019 by

  Chelgate Local is hosting a Breakfast Briefing on the impact of air rights and upward development in solving London’s housing issues   Hear the latest views from the sector on whether air rights and upward development can be the answer to London’s housing crisis.   Chelgate Local and DLP Planning are hosting a breakfast briefing seminar on whether air rights and upward development will help solve London’s housing crisis. Greater densities is a more efficient use of the land available and is being pushed by the Mayor, but is this practical and is it the answer? Hear the views […]

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Chelgate Local Newsletter – March 2019

March 5th, 2019 by

Marching into Spring: Rosewell Review, focus on micro-homes, Housing Delivery Test, and importance of infrastructure   Rosewell ‘appeals’ for quicker decisions By Kasia Banas, Consultant The time taken to determine planning appeals could be cut by almost half, a Government-commissioned review has found. In the report published on 12 February 2019, Bridget Rosewell CBE concluded that the average duration of the process could be “slashed” from 47 weeks to around 26 weeks. She found that “outdated administrative processes and poor IT infrastructure were unnecessarily holding up cases”, and “a lack of suitably qualified inspectors was also hampering efforts to set […]

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