Chelgate Local Newsletter – January 2021

January 7th, 2021 by

  This month we bring you a review of 2020, the latest news on the St Albans local plan, Sevenoaks Council’s Judicial Review ruling appeal and more… All at Chelgate Local wish you a very happy New Year By Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property The past year has been one many will understandably want to forget, but it will be remembered for a long time. Chelgate sent its staff to work from home on 10th March which, at the time, seemed a little drastic. The firm worked throughout the lock down although much of the industry did not. […]

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Hardware to take helm of journalism professional body

April 27th, 2020 by

Chelgate’s Michael Hardware has been appointed Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIOJ). The CIOJ is the world’s oldest journalism professional body, having received its first Royal Warrant, from Queen Victoria, over 140 years ago. Michael, who heads up Chelgate Local, has been a member of the Chelgate team for over 25 years. He has also been a member of the CIOJ for over 15 years, serving on its national council for the last eight. He has been responsible for the development of a long term strategy which addresses the current poor perception of journalism, the ongoing shift […]

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Chelgate Local Newsletter – April 2020

April 21st, 2020 by

  This month we bring you updates on local plan sagas in Sevenoaks, St Albans and Uttlesford. We also recap the first two of our Live Planning Events with Cllr Linda Haysey from East Herts DC and Cllr Carlo Guglielmi, Tendring DC.   Sevenoaks in legal challenge over local plan By Kasia Banas, Account Director Sevenoaks District Council has decided to legally challenge the Inspector’s decision to find their local plan unsound It looks like the battle over the local plan process in Sevenoaks is set to continue as the Council seeks leave to Judicially Review the decisions made by […]

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The Show Must Go On

April 8th, 2020 by

Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property at Chelgate Local, has published an in PlacemakingResource on 30th March titled The Show Must Go On discussing virtual planning meetings.  You can read the article below or using this link (subscription required).     The development industry is pulling together so work can continue during the coronavirus restrictions. Efforts are being made to ensure the disruption caused to the housing supply is not too dramatic. That said, the industry, like almost all others, has been severely impacted. That impact may lessen as we settle into our new ways of working and realise what […]

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Chelgate response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 26th, 2020 by

  A great deal has happened since Chelgate decided to close its offices and move to home working’ on 10th March in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We took an early decision to avoid travel and meetings and protect our staff, clients and prospects as the underlying spread of the virus was not being recognised or reported. Subsequent statements by the Government on 20th March and this week have sought to protect the NHS and save lives asking us all to, as far as possible, stay at home. Our teams are effectively working remotely. We have had access to […]

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Crisis Management consultants switch to “minimal presence” staffing as Corona Virus threat mounts

March 9th, 2020 by

International Issues and Crisis Management Consultants, Chelgate Ltd have announced a switch to “minimal presence staffing” at the company’s London Headquarters.   In a memo to staff Chelgate Executive Chairman, Terence Fane-Saunders said that the company would be making “important changes to the way we work, in order to protect our staff, our clients and our business contacts. “Public transport is potentially a petri dish for the virus, and I want to minimise the degree to which people are required to expose themselves to this risk. I also want to minimise the risks created by unnecessarily bringing together groups of […]

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The latest episode of our “Opinion Battlegrounds” podcast is now live

February 6th, 2020 by

The latest episode of our “Opinion Battlegrounds” podcast is now live. This week we are happily chewing over the Iowa fiasco, Boris the Pub Bruiser and the Labour leadership One Horse Race (or is it?) SoundCloud Download

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Chelgate launches its “Opinion Battlegrounds” Podcast

December 17th, 2019 by

Chelgate has launched a new fortnightly podcast.  Called “Opinion Battlegrounds” the team discusses and dissects recent arguments, debates and controversies.  They don’t take sides or decide  who was right and who was wrong.  Their focus is on the art of persuasion; on the argument.  Who won it,  and who lost? What techniques did they apply?  Did those techniques work? Normally, Opinion Battlegrounds runs every two weeks, but for the British General Election we ran an Election Special, within a few hours of the election result. Listen to Opinion Battlegrounds with any of these links: Spotify Podcast Apple Podcast SoundCloud Podcast […]

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Chelgate Public Affairs Newsletter – September 2019

August 28th, 2019 by

EU Parliament is back… And the Commission is nearly back too! With all the talk this week of parliaments being prorogued, you can rest assured that at least the European Parliament shall be open during September. After the long Summer Recess this will be a busy month – both legislatively and politically. The new and emboldened EU Parliamentary Committees will be scrutinising the proposed EU Commissioners under their remit in what will prove to be a feisty exchange and legislative portfolios will begin to be picked up again. What a Waste (Directive)! 2018 revised directive to be re-reviewed in 2020 […]

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Artificial Intelligence Introductory Guide

July 15th, 2018 by

UK GOVERNMENT SECTOR DEAL AND THE EU COMMISSION APPROACH ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE   Recently, the UK Government and EU Commission have announced bold aspirations for the Artificial Intelligence sector. Both announcements could have potentially wide-ranging ramifications for the growth of individual sectors – health, finance, transport – as well as the artificial intelligence sector taken as a whole. Both approaches will set the course for the artificial intelligence industry in the UK and EU for the next ten years. If the decision makers get it right, the benefits from the growth in artificial intelligence will be a revolution for the […]

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