UK Housing Numbers, Garden Villages and Westminster Hostility… 

Sep 22, 2017 News

A boost for housing The Department for Communities and Local Government has attempted a bold new step in addressing our housing crisis. A new formula to calculate housing targets means that 150 local authorities across the UK have seen their housing targets increase by as much as 35 percent.   For the local authorities baffled


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August Monthly Update

Aug 22, 2017 News

  Gove announces that the UK will ban all petrol and diesel cars by 2040 Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, has announced plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK roads by 2040, in a bid to meet challenging emissions targets. Gove explained that the increasing number of petrol



Javid Announces Ban on Controversial Leaseholds

Jul 25, 2017 News

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced today radical new proposals to crack down on the use of leaseholds in new-build homes. Leaseholds have previously been used for flats with shared communal areas however the number of houses sold as leaseholds has increased significantly in recent years. In many of these cases, there are clauses within


July Monthly Update

Jul 20, 2017 News

A year on from Brexit A year on from the infamous referendum we know that “Brexit means Brexit” but precious little else. All that is certain is that discussions started in June and have to finish by March 2019. Prior to the General Election Theresa May pledged to carry out a ‘hard’ Brexit. Although the


Hertfordshire Council Challenge Fails

Jul 13, 2017 News

  St Albans council has failed in its bid to overturn an inspector’s view that its local plan was unsound. The council launched a judicial review to challenge David Hogger’s interim findings that the council had failed to fulfil its duty to cooperate. The case was heard in the High Court last month, and the


The Polls

Jun 2, 2017 News

  Senior Consultant Diana Varley looks in more detail at the polling during this General Election campaign.   Until Theresa May called the General Election, the polls were relatively consistent. Last month the Conservative Party were miles ahead and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party were struggling to keep up. UKIP were just behind the Liberal Democrats,


Top seven things to look out for in the final week of the election

May 26, 2017 News

Campaigning is well underway again after the shocking terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. The decision that was (rightly) made to suspend campaigning gave the nation time to grieve over a terrible act which specifically targeted young women and girls celebrating the many freedoms offered to them in the West. It is