Chelgate Public Affairs Publishes Guides on ASSE & TAXE3

March 15th, 2018 by

  Our affiliate company, Chelgate Public Affairs has today published guides on two new special committees set up by the European Commission. These cover the Special Committee on Tax (TAXE3) and the Certification System for Aviation Security Screening Equipment (ASSE). They also recently published a similar guide on the Pesticide Authorisation (PEST) special committee. Chelgate Public Affairs is an independent political communications agency with a branch in Brussels and associates around the world. From the Dáil to the European Parliament, Chelgate Public Affairs provides political intelligence, engagement and campaigning services that helps our clients shape their policy and regulatory environments.   […]

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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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Chelgate Local Newsletter – February 2018

February 13th, 2018 by

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 […]

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Essex Garden Towns and Garden Villages

January 22nd, 2018 by

By Michael Hardware, Associate Director, Chelgate Local – Essex Garden Villages This article was published as an opinion piece in PlacemakingResource on 22nd January. You can view it here (subscription needed). Essex may soon overtake Kent as the ‘Garden of England’, with numerous garden communities planned and new bids about to be announced. Several of Essex’s councils are taking an increasingly prominent role in the development of these new communities. Working collaboratively using garden city principles and an infrastructure-first approach, the new garden towns and villages are set to deliver significant numbers of new homes in communities in which people […]

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Dominic Raab ousts Sharma as new Housing Minister

January 13th, 2018 by

Dominic Raab MP has today been confirmed as the new Minister for Housing. An up-and-coming MP who was part of the 2010 intake, Raab is thought of as veering towards the right wing of the party, and will be a controversial choice for some in the housing and planning sector due to his tough views on immigration. Raab becomes the 16th housing minister in just 20 years, and will work with the newly re-appointed Secretary of State Sajid Javid to keep Housing at the top of the Government’s agenda. Leaving his post as Minister of State at the Ministry of […]

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