Will planning stop and development be delayed?

Mar 19, 2020

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By Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property  The Government is escalating its response to the Coronavirus pandemic, encouraging a comprehensive voluntary lockdown. It has just closed all the schools and is running down the transport infrastructure. The development industry has

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Should beauty be at the centre of our planning system?

Mar 19, 2020

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By Ruby Burdett, Consultant  The late Roger Scruton alongside co-author Nicholas Boys Smith, coined the idea of “building better, building beautiful” (BBBB). The now government endorsed report, has been labelled a radical amalgamation of politics and philosophy.  Arguing that beauty is

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Sevenoaks Local Plan is dead

Mar 19, 2020

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by Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property  The council has received further bad news – not only has the Sevenoaks Council failed in its duty to cooperate, the inspector also has serious concerns over the overall soundness of the local

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Housing Pledges in 2020 Spring Budget

Mar 19, 2020

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By Kasia Banas, Account Director   With the budget focused on the response to the Coronavirus crisis, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak did not have much space left for housing announcements, something the industry has got used to over the years. The key

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Local Plan Updates – March 2020

Mar 19, 2020

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Ashford –The Ashford Local Plan 2030 was adopted in February 2019. Aylesbury Vale – Following completion of the examination hearings and the publication of the Inspector’s Interim Findings the Council has worked with the Inspector to agree the modifications to

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