Empowering Communities

Sep 6, 2017 Housing

  New Housing Design was the subject of a piece of high political theatre today in Westminster Hall as a Tory MP sought to hold new Housing Minister Alok Sharma MP to account. Neil Parish MP had organised the debate after concerns about the quality of new homes in the UK from the design phase


Waverley Plan Under Fire

Jul 3, 2017 News

  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



Developing Brownfield Sites Conference

Mar 8, 2016 News

Last week our deputy chairman, Nick Wood-Dow, chaired a Westminster Briefing on developing brownfield sites. The Government has recognised the need to encourage building. House prices are rocketing skywards and there is not nearly enough housing supply of the right type and in the right places to meet demand. As part of this recognition that


Developing Brownfield Sites

Feb 25, 2016 News

With twin ambitions to build more homes while protecting the Green Belt, the Government is keen to see more development on brownfield land. The Housing & Planning Bill, currently going through Parliament, will create the legislative framework to make this happen. Local Authorities will be given a duty to produce a register of sites that


Westminster Briefing: Housing and Planning

Feb 4, 2016 News

Transforming Generation Rent into Generation Buy: The Housing & Planning Bill, Starter Homes & Affordable Housing Thursday 18th February 2016: 11.00am – 3.30pm (including networking lunch)110 Rochester Row, Victoria, London Confirmed Speakers Include: Mike Kiely, Chair, Planning Officers Society Andrew Taylor, Chief Executive, Sutton Housing Partnership Tim Baldwin, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers Robin Tetlow, Chairman, Tetlow


Planning Policy 2016

Feb 3, 2016 News

Chelgate’s Nick Wood-Dow chaired a Westminster Briefing seminar “Planning Policy in 2016” in Manchester on 21 January. It was attended by 35 planning professionals from the public and private sector, including planning directors of local authorities and several Councillors. Permission in principle The morning session looked at the Housing Bill, currently going through Parliament, the main



Planning Policy in 2016: Westminster Briefing

Dec 16, 2015 News

Manchester | Thurs, 21st January | 11.00am – 3.30pm The Housing & Planning Bill, which was introduced in October, is currently making its way through Parliament. It contains many of the Government’s key reforms to the planning system. With major changes expected, what will 2016 hold for the different stakeholders involved? Nick Wood-Dow, deputy chairman of