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Snap General Election 2017

Apr 18, 2017 News

In a period of huge political uncertainty with Brexit, Trump and other world leaders including Putin jostling for stronger positions, Prime Minister Theresa May has thrown her hat into the ring by calling a UK General Election. If she manages to get her surprise snap poll, announced in Downing Street earlier today, through the House

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Local Plan Round-up – April 2017

Apr 12, 2017 News

  Harlow District, Essex The drama of Harlow continues with the council now agreeing to 16,000 new homes in ‘greater Harlow’ which will become the Gilston and Harlow Garden Town. This after the council had objected to a third of the homes last August. In a Special Full Council meeting in March, Harlow Council reversed

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Update – April 2017

Apr 12, 2017 News

Planned and deliver Lichfields published its fifth annual review of local plans last week, five years since the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) came into existence. The report makes for some very interesting reading, revealing the struggle many local authorities are currently in to bring forward their local plans. Some interesting statistics included within the

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Out From Behind Bars(well)

Mar 17, 2017 News

Gavin Barwell has finally admitted that the Government won’t enforce the early 2017 deadline for Local Plans. Barwell’s admission, made in an interview at MIPIM, has been hotly tipped as the deadline looms and many Tory authorities seemed to be at threat. Speaking yesterday, he said, the government needed to complete the consultation on a

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Local Plan Round-up – March 2017

Mar 8, 2017 News

Harlow District, Essex Forward plans reveal that the draft local plan has, again, been delayed. It is now scheduled to come before Cabinet in June. Despite local criticism, the council is adamant it will go for a Regulation 19 consultation instead of Reg 18, despite the plan having changed significantly, the Harlow now being designated

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Update – March 2017

Mar 8, 2017 News

Housing White Paper Almost a month on from the Housing White Paper and opinions still differ as to whether it will have any impact on the planning system, or indeed how many of the provisions will actually be taken forward into legislation. Speaking on February 20 at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)’s annual

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Housing White Paper Finally Unveiled

Feb 7, 2017 News

Make no mistake, a shift in focus from home ownership to affordable renting is a hugely significant shift in Conservative party policy. Even the title of the Housing White Paper, ‘Fixing Our Broken Housing Market’ is an admission from the government that more needs to be done to tackle the so-called housing crisis. In his

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