Housing blooms in Spring Statement

Apr 2, 2019

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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

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Rosewell ‘appeals’ for quicker decisions

Mar 4, 2019

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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

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Waking up to an ageing population

Jan 31, 2019

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By Kasia Banas, Consultant January saw Chelgate Local kick off 2019 with another successful breakfast briefing event. The Chelgate team partnered up with Barton Willmore to host a timely discussion on the impact of an ageing population on housing provision. Delegates from across Kent gathered to hear from speakers from

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Jobs boom but young are left bust

Jan 31, 2019

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By Kasia Banas, Consultant Britain is seeing unprecedented jobs and employment growth despite an ageing population and increased health problems, a new report has shown. Resolution Foundation started the year with launch of ‘Setting the record straight’ – its latest report exploring how record employment levels have changed the country

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Cashing in on the Bank of Mum and Dad

Jan 3, 2019

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By Kasia Banas, Consultant Having parents with property wealth is significantly more important in determining your ability to buy a home than your earnings or education, new research has shown. Young people whose parents have property wealth are now almost three times as likely to be homeowners by the age

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Raynsford reins in ‘patchwork’ planning system

Nov 30, 2018

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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

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Government lifts HRA borrowing cap

Oct 31, 2018

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By Kasia Banas, Consultant In one of the biggest announcements from this year’s Conservative Party conference, Theresa May presented government’s plans to remove the cap on councils’ borrowing against housing revenue accounts (HRA). She told the conference in Birmingham that solving the housing crisis is the “biggest domestic policy challenge

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