Local Plan Updates – January 2021

Jan 4, 2021

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Ashford –The Ashford Local Plan 2030 was adopted in February 2019.  Aylesbury Vale – The latest stage is the consultation on the Further Main Modifications, which is open from 15 December 2020 until 9 February 2021. These are a second stage of Main Modifications

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All at Chelgate Local wish you a very happy New Year

Jan 4, 2021

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By Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property The past year has been one many will understandably want to forget, but it will be remembered for a long time. Chelgate sent its staff to work from home on 10th March which, at the time, seemed a little drastic. The firm worked throughout the lock

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St Albans Council fails…again!

Nov 30, 2020

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By Ruby Burdett, Consultant  St Albans Council has withdrawn its Local Plan for a second time. Unlike previously (2017), it decided not to judicially review the inspectors’ findings, and did not wait for the outcome of the Sevenoaks High Court challenge. The council still has the second-oldest Local Plan in the country (1994) and it now needs

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Essex engages

Nov 27, 2020

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By Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property Essex County Council (ECC) ran its first developer engagement event in November. This initiative has been instigated by Michael Hardware, in his role as ECC deputy cabinet member for economic development.  The concept is based on Chelgate Local’s successful live planning events which we ran during

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Local Plan Updates – November 2020

Nov 27, 2020

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Ashford –The Ashford Local Plan 2030 was adopted in February 2019. Aylesbury Vale – The council is producing responses to the issues raised in the main modifications consultation which took place late last year. The second batch of information was

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High Court defeat for Sevenoaks

Nov 16, 2020

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By Kasia Banaś, Account Director  After months of uncertainty, the High Court has dealt a major blow to Sevenoaks. The local authority sought a Judicial Review of the Planning Inspectorate decision on the Local Plan – but this was firmly rejected today

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To plan or not to plan?

Oct 29, 2020

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By Kasia Banaś, Account Director  Since the announcement of the ‘Planning for the Future’ white paper, several authorities have either halted work on their local plans or scrapped them altogether. In response, MHCLG’s Chief Planner, Joanna Averly said that local plans will be a key element of Government’s planning reform and councils “shouldn’t take their foot off the

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Essex Developer Engagement Events

Oct 28, 2020

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By Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property Essex County Council (ECC) has announced the first of a series of developer engagement events. A webinar discussing the industry’s role in skills and training will be held on Tuesday 10th November between 4.10pm and 5.15pm.  ECC would like to hear views and discuss how industry can help to shape

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