STOP PRESS: Council intervention on the cards…

Nov 30, 2018

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By Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property Castle Point council this week voted its draft local plan down. As the council is on the Secretary of State James Brokenshire’s ‘naughty list’ it looks likely that the Government will intervene and the south Essex authority will become the first in the

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Understanding councillors

Nov 30, 2018

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By Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property We have all at some point come out of a planning committee wondering what had just happened. A perfectly reasonable policy-complaint planning application had been unexpectedly refused for vague and perhaps spurious reasons, or on an issue which you were not aware of.

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Brexit Festival, dirty dancing and housing policies galore

Oct 5, 2018

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By Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property The dust has finally settled from another entertaining 2018 party political conference season, with plenty to mull over. One unforgettable highlight this week saw an unconventional podium walk from the Prime Minister at the Conservative conference in Birmingham. Aside from that, the past three weeks has also seen Labour coming out strong

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Cambridge and the CaMkOx corridor

Sep 27, 2018

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By Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property The Cambridge and Peterborough Mayor has been critical of some of the planning authorities in his region for standing against greater growth. Speaking at the Built Environment Network event in Cambridge on Tuesday evening (25th September), James Palmer said that he had been

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County councils step up

Sep 12, 2018

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By Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property 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

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Park Homes in the spotlight!

Aug 1, 2018

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By Mike Hardware, Associate Director The popularity of mobile homes has grown significantly in recent years. No longer the preserve of the over-55s or retiring couples, rising house prices and decreasing affordability have led to these homes becoming more mainstream with over 3,000 sites across the UK. But the peace

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It’s all happening in Basildon

Aug 1, 2018

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By Mike Hardware, Associate Director Of all the local authorities currently going through the local plan process, Basildon must rank as one of the most exciting, if exciting is a word to describe such things. Within a year, we have seen two changes of administration, the local plan altered and

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