County Councils step up

September 13th, 2018 by

By Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property at Chelgate Local This article was published in Housebuilder magazine on September 7, 2018. You can view it here (registration required). The role of county councils in planning appears to be changing. Hertfordshire County Council last year called for more planning powers to be able to provide infrastructure, whereas earlier this year it was rumoured that failed local plans may well be passed to county councils to oversee. Some councils are already taking a far greater role in the planning of larger developments, especially garden towns and villages. This could be a belated […]

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Chelgate Local Newsletter – September 2018

August 31st, 2018 by

  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 […]

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Chelgate Public Affairs Newsletter – August 2018

August 23rd, 2018 by

Welcome to our new EU Transport Policy Newsletter! September Battles Ahead The European Parliament and European Commission are set to return from Summer Recces with a whole stack of new regulations and directives to agree before the European Commission end their term in October 2019. September is therefore likely to be a hectic month of negotiations within the European Parliament’s transport (TRAN) and environment (ENVI) committees. Below we look at a few of the battles which lie ahead in September, as well as presenting the other reports which will be debated in Committee this month. Battle One: He ain’t heavy, […]

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Social Housing Green Paper introduces League Tables and “springboard” to ownership

August 15th, 2018 by

  By Kasia Banas, Consultant Following months of delays and anticipation, a ‘new deal’ for social housing residents has been launched by the Secretary of State for Communities, James Brokenshire. But despite a raft of new Ministers working on the plan and promises from former Communities Secretary Sajid Javid that the paper would deliver “more of the right homes built in the right places”, the announcements in today’s paper have fallen somewhat flat with housing associations. Launching the paper yesterday, James Brokenshire said that “Providing high quality and well managed social housing is a core priority for this government”, and […]

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Chelgate Local Newsletter – August 2018

August 2nd, 2018 by

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 […]

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