Election shocks

Jun 7, 2019

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By Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property The dust is settling following the dramatic May local elections in which the two main parties saw very significant losses. Ordinarily, the party in power would be expected to lose members mid-term and for the opposition to pick them up, but that did

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Hertfordshire Growth Plans

Jun 7, 2019

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By Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property The Built Environment Network Group held a Hertfordshire Development Plans event in Stevenage in May. Speakers included Hertfordshire County Council, the University of Hertfordshire and Places for People.  Patsy Dell, assistant director strategic planning, infrastructure and economy at Hertfordshire County Council, described the context and efforts of

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Housing Delivery Test update

Apr 2, 2019

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By Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property In our last newsletter we talked about the Housing Delivery Test and the 100 or so local authorities which failed it. The test looked at housing need and housing delivery over the last three years and represented it as a percentage. Those

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Is placemaking back on the agenda?

Mar 4, 2019

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By Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property, Chelgate Local Michael is also an Essex County and Harlow District councillor, vice-chairman of the county Development and Regulation Committee and sits on the district Development Management Committee. Quality design in all its facets and ‘place’ are key streams in the new

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The impact of an ageing population

Jan 4, 2019

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By Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property Using excerpts from ‘Later Living: Are we planning for our future?’ published by Barton Willmore, we take a look at the changing profile of the later living population and what challenges and opportunities this poses for the market.  Barton Willmore’s full report

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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-compliant 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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