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 […]Read More..
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 […]Read More..
Breakfast Briefing on the impact of air rights and upward development in solving London’s housing issuesMarch 8th, 2019 by Kasia Banas
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 […]Read More..
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 […]Read More..
Unlocking infrastructure-led development in the London-Cambridge corridor Lichfields and Chelgate Local will be hosting a breakfast seminar exploring how best to unlock infrastructure-led development in the London-Cambridge corridor and surrounding areas. David Waterhouse, Head of Infrastructure at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government- will be joined by: Lucy Shomali, Director of Regeneration and Growth, LB Waltham Forest Ciaran Gunne-Jones, Senior Director and Head of Economics Lichfields Michael Hardware . Director of Planning and Property, Chelgate Local They will focus on the potential to drive infrastructure-led growth in this region to support new housing and jobs, including Crossrail 2 […]Read More..