Queen’s Speech: Planning reforms

May 13, 2021

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By Ruby Burdett, Consultant  The hotly anticipated  planning reforms  were  announced  in  the Queen’s  Speech  today  as  one of  the  Government’s priorities.  This re-commitment to comprehensive reforms of the planning system  will be welcomed by the industry which  has long  asked for 

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Local Plan Updates – May 2021

May 11, 2021

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Ashford –The Ashford Local Plan 2030 was adopted in February 2019.    Aylesbury Vale – The second stage of Main Modifications were presented to the Inspector to consider them along with the representations. The hearing statements submitted in response to the Inspector’s Agendas

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Back to the draughty council chambers

May 11, 2021

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By Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property The Government has decided that legislation to hold council meetings virtually will not be extended. This means all future meetings will have to be exclusively physical in nature, held again in council chambers and

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Housing for the ageing population

Apr 8, 2021

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By Ruby Burdett, Consultant  In March 2021, our client, Inspired Villages, hosted a workshop entitled ‘Housing-with-care’ at the Conservative Councillor’s Association (CCA) Local Government Conference. The presentation highlighted the current lack of provision of housing for older people, the limited choice and flexibility, and the impacts this is having on society.   Currently, living options for older people are limited: they can

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Local Elections

Apr 8, 2021

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By Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property The elections in May will be complicated, and confusing for voters. In some areas they will have four elections at once, all with different candidates: county, district, Police and Crime Commissioner and referendums on neighbourhood plans. There are

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Local Plan Updates – April 2021

Apr 8, 2021

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Ashford –The Ashford Local Plan 2030 was adopted in February 2019.   Aylesbury Vale – The second stage of Main Modifications were presented to the Inspector to consider them along with the representations. The hearing statements submitted in response to the Inspector’s Agendas for the Main Modifications hearing

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Local government reforms

Apr 8, 2021

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By Michael Hardware, Director of Planning and Property The prospect of radical local government reforms emerged in the late summer last year resulting in a frenzy of activity around the country. A manifesto pledge in the 2019 General Election, this will involve dissolving counties,

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