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, […]Read More..
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..
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 She found that “outdated administrative processes and poor IT infrastructure were unnecessarily holding up cases”, and “a lack of suitably qualified inspectors was also hampering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..
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 […]Read More..
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 […]Read More..
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 […]Read More..
This month: Letwin on land banking, Malthouse ignores ONS stats, upwards extensions, HRA borrowing cap and TCPA’s tips on affordable housing Malthouse calls for “more, better, faster” as Gov ignore latest population stats By Daniel Fryd, Senior Consultant Government will not change its housing need targets despite official statistics predicting lower household growth than previously thought, it was confirmed last week. In a consultation report launched at the end of last week, just before the Budget and its slew of other reports was released, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) set out its latest position […]Read More..
This month: CaMkOx corridor, greenfield land prices flourish, ONS releases fresh household projections, and new Head of Chelgate Local New head of Chelgate Local Michael Hardware has been appointed to head Chelgate’s planning public affairs division, Chelgate Local. With a career spanning over 30 years, 24 of them at Chelgate, Michael has a wealth of experience in property and construction. Over those years he has worked with many of the leading developers and housebuilders undertaking planning public affairs and consultation assignments on a myriad of different projects across the country. As a serving county and district councillor, he brings experience […]Read More..
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 […]Read More..