Last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered his much-anticipated post-Brexit Government cabinet reshuffle. It saw the departure of many prominent ministers, some expected whilst others were perhaps a little surprising and one was very unexpected. The cabinet reshuffle sent a clear message overall that Johnson will only enter post-Brexit negotiations with ministers loyal to his party whip, by his side. Some of the more headlining departures and promotions have been listed below. Perhaps the most unexpected news came from Sajid Javid. Whilst the he was given the option to stay as Chancellor the offer came with some painful conditions […]Read More..
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 […]Read More..
The Prime Minister’s speech this morning about the changes to the planning system have received an understandably mooted response from the industry. She made promises to tackle the housing crisis, calling upon housebuilders to ‘do their duty’ and ‘stop sitting on land and start building houses’ and ‘restore the dream’ of home ownership. Many of the provisions outlined by Theresa May were discussed in detail by the MHCLG ministerial team which attended the Conservative Councillors’ Association (CCA) conference in Warwickshire on Friday. Despite a weather-hit attendance, Heather Wheeler MP and Rishi Sunak MP joined Secretary of State, Sajid Javid MP, […]Read More..
Waverley Borough Council’s Local Plan is under examination – early indications suggest the council will need to provide more homes. The examination in public (EiP) of Part 1 of the Waverley Local Plan, allocating strategic sites across the borough up to 2032, got off to a rocky start in Farnham last week. Such was local interest in the EiP that two additional rooms had to be provided at the council’s offices to accommodate the numbers. In April, in preparation for the EiP, the inspector had posed a series of questions to the council. These included questioning the allocation at […]Read More..