Speeding up development or death to local democracy?

In their efforts to kick start the economy the Government has set out proposals to widen the scope of the planning regime for nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) to some categories of commercial and business development. These […]

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Fast track infrastructure? or death of Localism?

“Will local planning decisions become a thing of the past because of new Infrastructure Act?”. Senior partner Allen Creedy expresses his concern that in their effort to speed up infrastructure investment the coalition government may […]

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Don’t blame the planners!

Recent research has confirmed what most planners already knew – what’s stopping house building is the state of the economy not council planners! The research demonstrates that planning permission has been granted for nearly 400,000 […]

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“Wanted; bugs and beasties!”

When the call went out from  Allen Creedy  to local landowners and wildlife enthusiasts for some bugs, beetles and wild beasties he did not expect such an enthusiastic response! Allen is designing the new wildlife […]

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‘Light up your Cities’

ethical partnership has been a consultant helping the European Union identify the way that cities can use public lighting to help local businesses prosper, help improve public transport, whilst reducing both light pollution and carbon emissions! […]

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“A Good Deal for Newcastle – and Gateshead!”

Its good news all round for Newcastle and Gateshead with the city deal with the Coalition Government. So what’s involved? Creation of an Accelerated Development Zone for Newcastle and Gateshead – a commitment by central government to ring-fence business rate income in […]

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“Getting the biogas industry moving”

A recent report into the future of the biogas sector has challenged the  government to cut the red tape and make its simpler for industry to generate much needed renewable energy and divert wast from landfill – […]

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“Surprise increase in planning fees!”

In a written statement issued this afternoon, Decentralisation minister Greg Clark said that planning application fees have not been increased since 2008. He said that the government is proposing a “one-off adjustment to up-rate fees in line with inflation, […]

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Towards Zero Carbon?

The Code for Sustainable Homes looks to be the latest government policy that’s about to get the ‘localism’ makeover. It’s understood that a ministerial statement to be issued before the recess will point towards local […]

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