GCSE and A Level exams to be delayed

GCSE and A Level exams to be delayed

MOST GCSE and A level exams will be pushed back by three weeks in 2021 to give students more time to prepare, the government has announced today. Almost all exams will begin on 7 June and end on July 2, a statement from education secretary Gavin Williamson will state today, backed by prime minister Boris […]

Harlow College Principal recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Harlow College Principal recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Principal recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List  KAREN Spencer, Principal and CEO of Harlow College and Stansted Airport College, has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the recent Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List.  The honour is in recognition of her contribution to Education and Aviation and caps a […]

Future of garden towns discussed at meeting

Future of garden towns discussed at meeting

ndustry discusses the impact of potential planning reforms on garden communities
The Building Garden Communities programme, in partnership with SELEP (South East Local Enterprise Partnership), Essex Developers Group and Kent Developers Group, brought together a round table of experts on 24 September to discuss the government’s white paper on planning reforms and its potential impact on garden communities.
The round table discussed the current planning system, thoughts on the planned proposals, the importance of infrastructure and what they believed would be the key drivers for garden communities.
Key highlights included:
The need for a local plan to help drive development forward in a viable way
Better resource for planning and development departments in councils
A call for government to have a national policy framework for garden communities with their own infrastructure and funding plans
Infrastructure to be prioritised with NSIP (Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project) status to help move proposals forward.
The full report is now available to read here.
The round table was part of a wider programme bringing together experts from across the region to highlight the opportunities and challenges for garden communities with support from SELEP, Essex Developers Group and Kent Developers Group.
Participants included Victoria Hills, RTPI; Jonathan Buckwell, DHA Planning; Mark Curle, Essex Developers Group; Nick Fenton, Kent Developers Group; Tara Gbloade, Gbolade Design Studio; Liz Gibney, Lee Evans Partnership LLP; David Godfrey, Kent County Council; Carl Hockey, CHP; Brian Horton, SELEP; Guy Nicholson, Harlow and Gilston Garden Town; Alastair Pollock, South Essex Housing Group; Jeremy Potter, Chelmsford City Council; Andrew Taylor, Countryside and Rupert Warren QC, Landmark Chambers.
In the SELEP area, the government has already supported proposals for 134,600 new homes, along with around 90 hectares of employment land and 36 new schools, providing a third of the government’s planned garden community homes.
You can find more details on the programme at gardencommunities.co.uk

Rachael Maskell MP hears from Harlow charities and voluntary organisations of the challenges faced as a consequence of COVID

Rachael Maskell MP hears from Harlow charities and voluntary organisations of the challenges faced as a consequence of COVID

RACHAEL Maskell MP, Shadow Minister for the Voluntary Sector and Communities held an online meeting today (Tuesday 6 October) with local charities and grassroots voluntary organisations in Essex and Hertfordshire to discuss the impact and challenges they face as a consequence of the COVID pandemic and what the Government should be doing to support them. Over […]