Welcome to our March newsletter, marking hopefully the start of spring. In this issue we look at: the new Housing Minister, Rachel Maclean, and peoples reactions to this; the Westminster debate on updating green belt regulation; the Conservative Councillors Association Local Government Conference and their special guests. We have a political update, our usual local plan update and some comment from us. New Housing Minster – Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean has been confirmed as the new Housing Minister. This was due to Lucy Frazer being promoted during Rishi Sunak’s department shake-up on February 7. Maclean becomes the sixth […]Read More..
Chelgate Local Newsletter – March 2023March 13th, 2023 by Michael Hardware
£1,000 Cost-of-Living Crisis Bonus for Every EmployeeMay 19th, 2022 by Terence Fane-Saunders
International PR firm, Chelgate Ltd , today announced that it will give a one-off £1,000 cost-of-living crisis bonus to every employee on their staff in their September pay packets. The Consultancy’s Executive Chairman Terence Fane-Saunders explained : “ These are horribly difficult times, and with the arrival of autumn, and heating bills soaring, things will grow even more difficult. We realise that we can’t solve this Government’s problems, nor wholly protect our staff from the grim times the whole country- in fact, most of the world – is facing, but we have a committed and hard-working team at […]Read More..
Chelgate Local Newsletter – May 2022May 4th, 2022 by Michael Hardware
This month we have four articles looking at this week’s local elections, levelling up, planning gain reform and the current shape of the local plan system. We also have our local plan updates and an invitation to a seminar on Housing Policy and Older People. Please do feel free to get in touch and share your thoughts. 2022 Local Elections It is that time of year again By Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property It is that time of year again: tomorrow sees a plethora of district, borough, city and parish elections, together with all the London […]Read More..
Analysis: Are our housing policies working for all?March 23rd, 2022 by Michael Hardware
Local plans and housing policies are failing to provide homes for older people and the most vulnerable, writes Michael Hardware. The article was published in Placemaking Resource. No one would argue with the fact that there is a housing crisis in the UK, caused by decades of not building enough new homes. Although the government is trying hard to address this, are our housing policies really working? Are we providing all the housing our communities need through local plans and housing policies? The overheated housing market, with ever-growing property prices, certainly impacts heavily on younger people – the […]Read More..
Chelgate Local Newsletter – January 2022January 20th, 2022 by Michael Hardware
This is our first newsletter of 2022 and we have four thought-provoking articles looking at current government policies. Although the NHS reforms are in the process of being implemented, local government reforms are still being formulated or yet to be reviewed. Housing numbers and housing policies are like the planning reforms: yet to be finalised. Local government reforms By Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property Despite being pushed into the long grass last year, local government reforms have certainly not gone away. Originally in the 2019 election manifesto, there was a brief reveal in the summer last year […]Read More..