Planning Ahead – New Year 2024 Issue

Jan 4, 2024

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Welcome to our New Year 2024 issue of Planning ahead.  We enter 2024 with some trepidation: the economy is in the doldrums, we have the NPPF reforms and the prospect of a General Election, probably in the autumn. There is too much

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Motivating the silent majority

Jan 4, 2024

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The secretary of state, Michael Gove MP, has said he wants to see local communities involved more in planning policy and planning application decisions. This brought a sharp intake of breath from developers and councillors alike as most communities appear

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The Economy, NPPF and Elections

Jan 4, 2024

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Good and bad news for the economy: a further drop in inflation and interest rates held again are the good, but amendments to growth figures showing that the economy is perilously close to recession is the bad. The outlook is

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NPPF Reforms

Jan 4, 2024

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We are not going to go into huge detail about the NPPF changes as this is the role of planning consultants, but we have picked out some key areas. Michael Gove MP made his speech about the NPPF consultation response on

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Jim McClelland

Dec 13, 2023

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Ranked among the top three Media Influencers in Sustainability worldwide, Jim McClelland is a writer, editor and speaker, with a strong following on social channels and platforms. His background is in magazine publishing, where in the late 1990s he founded

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Andrew Saywell

Nov 28, 2023

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A senior Cabinet Member in one of the UK’s largest local authorities, Andrew brings more than fifteen years of experience in local government and public engagement. A former member of a planning committee, Andrew has worked on a variety of

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