While media presentation of house prices seems, at times, to resemble a recreational pursuit, there are substantive issues involved. Price levels and trends are both critical to affordability and an important indicator of housing market health and sustainability. This briefing, a follow up to that of 5 January 2021, House prices: 2020 visions, which reflected…
Swift Read: Will new permitted development rights make high streets “predominantly residential” in the future?
The UK government published a consultation in December proposing more extensions to permitted development rights, including a new permitted development right to change shops, restaurants and offices into new homes without planning permission. The proposals have proved contentious, as were the ones in the recent white paper.
Recent National Audit Office (NAO) and Public Accounts Committee (PAC) reports criticised the processes the UK government used to select potential recipients of Town Deals. This briefing considers how places might, nevertheless, define and deliver wider programmes of town recovery and renewal.
This briefing summarises the policy paper: Agricultural transition plan 2021 to 2024 published on 30 November 2020. The document sets out post-Brexit agricultural policy for England.
2020 was a tumultuous year for local government. It also one that clearly showed the importance of its community leadership role. We’ve had a look back through some of our most impactful work this year, providing support, looking ahead and shining a light on the work of councils and local government leaders.
This briefing looks at the benefits and challenges around fast-tracking active travel and public realm investments in response to government investment and provides examples of some local councils’ responses, particularly into major city centres.
Could the Local Electricity Bill (2020) transform the current electricity regime? The Bill would introduce powers to issue licences to smaller providers of electricity. This would enable local generators of electricity to become local suppliers both to residents and businesses.
Our parks, public gardens, and town squares are designed primarily for enjoyment in spring, summer and autumn. But as the Covid-19 pandemic is set to continue throughout the cold season, how can we learn from countries used to spending time outside in winter?
The Spending Review represents something of a mixed bag for English councils. The continuation of support for Covid-19 measures and the increase in core spending power will be welcomed, but the further delays to long-awaited reviews mean that inequalities in funding will continue.
In the latest in our ‘A Month in the Life series’, Clare County Council fills us in on their October, a busy month. The Council continued to offer Covid-19 support to the community, while the Clare County Development Plan 2022-2028 was also a key focus, involving a public consultation event.