Planning bid in Mark Hall Moors deferred

Planning bid in Mark Hall Moors deferred

A PLANNING application for a house in Mark Hall Moors has been deferred by the Harlow Council planning committee. The matter was discussed on Thursday November 11th. This was the first application where the matter of permitted development had been discussed. The application was for: Planning permission is sought a single storey rear extension. The […]

Action Group condemns proposed changes to planning law

Action Group condemns proposed changes to planning law

IF the proposals in the White Paper become law, then the right of elected local councils to decide on planning applications will be greatly reduced, if not abolished altogether. The Action Group says that the proposed changes will prevent the creation of stable, secure, diverse, and sustainable communities, and access to secure housing for all.

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

Councillors across Essex express concerns proposals to overhaul planning system

Councillors across Essex express concerns proposals to overhaul planning system

COUNCILLORS across Essex have been lining up to raise concerns over the government’s proposed overhaul of the government planning system. They are especially worried about the changes to infrastructure levies, which they say threaten to be left at the door of taxpayers. The Government’s recent white paper sets out key principles for a new English […]

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