New MHCLG Secretary of State Appointment

July 25th, 2019 by

The new Prime Minister has had a radical clear out of ministers following his appointment yesterday. Of interest to the development industry will be the new MHCLG Secretary of State and another new Housing and Planning Minister. Robert Jenrick – Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick is the youngest member in Mr Johnson’s new cabinet, and the most recent arrival in Westminster. The appointment as the MHCLG Secretary of State is a big promotion for the former lawyer who was first elected in 2014 in the Newark byelection, following the resignation of Patrick Mercer MP due to the […]

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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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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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Chelgate Local Newsletter – February 2019

February 1st, 2019 by

  2019 picks up speed: Land values languish, key infrastructure projects, jobs boom but young suffer, and breakfast briefing recap Three key infrastructure projects to watch in 2019 By Daniel Fryd, Account Director Ahead of Chelgate’s Breakfast Briefing on ‘Infrastructure-led Growth’ on 6th March, we take a look at three of the key infrastructure projects set to drive growth and change the shape of the country. No earth will be moved, nor any bricks will be laid for any of these projects this year but make no mistake: 2019 will be a critical year for each of these schemes. With […]

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Chelgate Local Newsletter – January 2019

January 4th, 2019 by

Chelgate Local’s first newsletter of 2019: Housing an ageing population, modular houses, bank of mum and dad, movers stick close to home, and breakfast briefing debrief   Hesitant home movers stick to what they know By Vivienne Shirley, Senior Consultant Half of home movers move less than 10 miles, and we are moving half as often as we did 30 years ago, new research shows. Analysis by home moving company AnyVan.com of over 18,000 home removal jobs showed 48% of moves are less than 10 miles from people’s current homes, with 27% less than 5 miles. This is not too […]

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Chelgate Local – Maidstone Breakfast Briefing on the impact of an aging population on housing provision

December 17th, 2018 by

You are invited to our Breakfast Briefing on the impact of an aging population on housing provision     Get up to speed on the government’s latest policies and guidance on later living and explore how developers and planners can help provide housing which meets the needs of all sectors of the economy. Chelgate Local and Barton Willmore would like to invite you to a breakfast briefing on the impact of an aging population on housing provision. You will hear from the MHCLG officer responsible for development of new policy and guidance in the area, together with leading local politicians, […]

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Chelgate Local Newsletter – December 2018

November 30th, 2018 by

Raynsford Review, understanding councillors, super-prime market steadies, Castle Point crisis and new homes slow   Raynsford reins in ‘patchwork’ planning system By Kasia Banas, Consultant There is a ‘chaotic patchwork’ of different planning responsibilities in the country, the long-awaited Raynsford Review of the planning system warned earlier this month. The report, which provides “a holistic appraisal of the kind of planning system that England will need from 2020 onwards”, calls for a people-centred planning system, compatible with promoting the health, well-being and civil rights of communities. The esteemed former Housing Minister Nick Raynsford identifies restoring public confidence in the planning […]

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Chelgate Local – St. Albans Breakfast Briefing on the Role of County Councils in Planning

November 8th, 2018 by

Get up to speed on the fast-changing role of county councils in planning with speakers from county councils, housing associations, development companies and local councils.   Chelgate Local is hosting a breakfast briefing on the shifting role of county councils in planning We will hear from leading local politicians, housing associations and developers on how county councils are starting to play a far greater role in the planning of infrastructure and large-scale developments, especially garden communities. The briefing is free to attend with breakfast provided – tickets are limited so please register with vshirley@chelgate.com to secure your place. Speakers include: […]

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