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Housing Infrastructure Fund

11/07/2017

Tuesday 4th July saw the launch of the Housing Infrastructure Fund, a Government capital grant programme of up to £2.3 billion.

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The Vision for Manchester

01/06/2017

Fbe (Forum for the Built Environment) conference sponsored by HOW and Winckworth Sherwood - Tuesday 23 May 2017

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Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017

11/05/2017

In the chaos following the announcement of a snap General Election, the Neighbourhood Planning Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 27th April.

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EIA Regulations 2017 Laid Before Parliament

20/04/2017

New Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations have been laid before Parliament following a period of consultation.

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Spring Budget 2017

13/03/2017

In his second budget, and the final Spring budget, the Chancellor highlighted that growth had been revised upwards from 1.6% to 2.0% for 2017

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Home Builders Fund

04/10/2016

Following the announcement that the Government will introduce a new Home Builders Fund, the Homes & Communities Agency has published a guidance pack with more details on the scheme.

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Conservative Party Conference Housing Considerations

04/10/2016

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid took to the stage at the Party Conference with a clear message: “It’s time to get building.”

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The Neighbourhood Planning Bill

29/09/2016

Government proposes further measures to improve the use of planning conditions

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The Queen’s Speech 2016

20/05/2016

Amidst the raft of new proposals, what is on the horizon for the planning industry…?

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What would a ‘Brexit’ mean for Planning?

10/05/2016

As the EU referendum approaches, much has been debated about the implications of a ‘no’ vote, but what about the impact on the planning system?

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Permanent Office to Residential Rights Confirmed

14/04/2016

The Government has confirmed that the permitted development rights for the change of use from office to residential were made permanent on 6 April 2016.

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Drainage Rates and Scheme Viability: Financial Impacts of New Planning Policy

31/03/2016

In the wake of unprecedented flooding the Government and Environment Agency (EA) have released new guidance.

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Local Plan Expert Group

17/03/2016

Notes and Observations on some of the key recommendations from the final report

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Healthy New Towns

17/03/2016

Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England, recently announced plans to create ten NHS-supported ‘new towns’ across the country.

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Competition and Determination

26/02/2016

On the 18th February 2016 DCLG began a technical consultation into the implementation of proposed changes to the planning system by the Housing and Planning Bill.

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Open All Hours 2

13/08/2015

Government consultation on devolving Sunday trading rules has been published

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Open All Hours

13/07/2015

One of the most interesting announcements of the Chancellor’s Summer Budget this week is the potential changes to Sunday trading laws.

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Britain’s Fracking Industry - What Next?

30/06/2015

On Monday 29th June, 2015 a momentous decision was made at Lancashire County Council offices in Preston.

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Did HOW ‘Beat the Builder’?

11/06/2015

On Saturday 6th June 2015 we took part in the Taylor Wimpey ‘Beat the Builder’ challenge in Coniston, Cumbria.

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A New Government for the UK

19/05/2015

With a new Government led by David Cameron & without the Lib Dems, what might be the implications for planning, development and the property sector ?

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Pubs: Increased Planning Protection for Britain’s Boozers?

26/03/2015

This blog relates to a subject particularly close to my heart…pubs.

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The Big Retail Shake Up:  What’s Next on the Horizon of the Food Retailing Landscape?

23/03/2015

Could Morrisons’ recent announcement signal the on-set of a long run decline?

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Changes to the Compulsory Purchase System

19/03/2015

Whilst there was no direct announcement, the Government has published a consultation on changes to the compulsory purchase system.

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‘Britain is Walking Taller Again’

19/03/2015

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has presented the final Budget of the Coalition Government to the House of Commons.

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Government’s Response to NPPF Report

05/03/2015

Gary Halman, Managing Partner says the Select Committee Chairman will be fuming at the Governments’ response to his Committee’s report.

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The Infrastructure Act

26/02/2015

the Infrastructure Act encompasses a number of measures to make a more efficient development process across the public and private sectors in the UK.

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How Transparent is the Neighbourhood Plan Making Process?

20/02/2015

Next month, March 2015, marks two years since the adoption of the UK’s first Neighbourhood Plan

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What’s Next for UK Fracking?

29/01/2015

Following a debate on the Infrastructure Bill MPs have voted to reject an amendment to the Bill imposing a moratorium on fracking.

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HOW Planning’s Day at the Children’s Adventure Farm

28/10/2014

Several members of HOW enjoyed a day out of the office last week, volunteering at the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust

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Strategic Planning and the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

09/10/2014

An examination of the initial proposals whilst identifying opportunities and implications.

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Raising the EIA Screening Thresholds

21/08/2014

An examination of changes to the screening procedures for EIA & implications for developers.

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Further Planning Changes Proposed

05/08/2014

On 31st July the Government divulged further proposed changes to the planning system.

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Climate Change & the Amended EIA Directive: What Does it Mean for Industry?

24/07/2014

The amended EIA Directive has come into force, including new requirements on the consideration of climate change.

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Neighbourhood Plan Areas - Changes to the Appeal Recovery Process

14/07/2014

Temporary amendments have been made to the criteria for the recovery of planning appeals.

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New Growth Deal Great For The Region

08/07/2014

New Growth Deal for the Cheshire & Warrington LEP is good news for key projects in the region

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How Would You Deliver A New Garden City?

06/06/2014

The finalists of the Wolfson Economics Prize 2014 have today been announced.

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Illogical Dichotomies – UK Housing’s Supply/Demand Disparity

23/05/2014

Recent RICS survey proclaims: ‘Demand Supply Imbalance Continues to Push Prices Higher’ – 8% higher this year alone

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Blown Away by Fracking

15/05/2014

With less than a year to go to the general election, the political parties are busy preparing their manifestos…

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Gambling Protections & Controls – Are Planning Reforms the Answer?

08/05/2014

Last week the Government published a document outlining measures to keep pace with the ever evolving gambling industry

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Recent Amendments to the Change of Use System

25/04/2014

The Government has been attempting to streamline the planning process over the past couple of years through several different measures…

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Changes to the EIA Directive

13/04/2014

On the 12th March 2014, the European Parliament agreed proposed amendments to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive.

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The Farrell Review - A Review

04/04/2014

The Farrell Review has now been published; 12 months after it was commissioned by the Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey.

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Budget 2014

20/03/2014

George Osborne delivered the 2014 Budget on Wednesday 19th March. Here’s our evaluation of the planning implications.

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Permitted Change of Use – Office to Residential – Experience so Far

18/03/2014

In this, HOW’s inaugural blog, I thought I would revisit a subject I prepared a “KnowHOW” on almost 10 months ago

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