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


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A Weak and Wobbly Great Repeal Bill

Jul 14, 2017 News

  After much speculation, the Government has now published details of its so-called ‘Great Repeal Bill’. It is safe to say that majority of people will have found it a great disappointment. The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, bringing an end to Britain’s membership of the European Union. European


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


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


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