Local Plan updates – February

Feb 9, 2018

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Aylesbury Vale – Plan submitted for examination in January 2018 – the Council hopes to adopt the plan before the end of 2018. Basildon – A change of administration delayed the local plan, and now the council is one of the 15 threatened with intervention by the Secretary of State. Still awaiting

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RIP UKIP: More politicians flee the sinking ship

Feb 9, 2018

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Already it’s not shaping up to be a good year for UKIP. In yet another blow to the beleaguered party, all 17 of the UKIP councillors in Thurrock, Essex, have now resigned from their membership. Saying they have “had enough of the aggressive and bitter reality of party politics”, the

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Dominic Raab ousts Sharma as new Housing Minister

Jan 9, 2018

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Dominic Raab MP has today been confirmed as the new Minister for Housing. An up-and-coming MP who was part of the 2010 intake, Raab is thought of as veering towards the right wing of the party, and will be a controversial choice for some in the housing and planning sector

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Two wheels good, four wheels bad for Cambridge-Oxford competition winner

Dec 12, 2017

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A cluster of green, car-free villages connected by cycle routes, with swathes of common land and shared amenities to make sure communities interact with each other. This is future of growth in the Oxford-Cambridge-Milton Keynes corridor, if the winning entry to the National Infrastructure Commission’s competition is anything to go

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Secretary of State threatens to intervene with Local Plans

Nov 16, 2017

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Sajid Javid has today announced he will be formally intervening in “unacceptably slow” local authorities who are yet to adopt their local plans. Blasting local authorities who are lagging behind in adopting a local plan for development, the Communities Secretary said that his “patience has run out” and that the

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Crispin Blunt MP tightens Greenbelt on Government

Nov 15, 2017

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Crispin Blunt and some London based colleagues have taken up the cudgels in the green belt debate. Mr Blunt, MP for Reigate, formed the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for London’s green belt with the intention of pressuring the Government to do more to protect green belt, build on brownfield

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