Central, devolved and local government

Construction product standards - Before and after Brexit

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As Brexit draws closer and the noise of nervous speculation grows louder local authorities will welcome clear advice regarding the effect of leaving the EU, especially in a no-deal scenario. One area of concern is that of product standards and we explore further. More …

HRA Council housing - back to simpler delivery structures?

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It was long recognised that the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) borrowing cap was a major obstacle for councils seeking to build new homes. It was therefore met with applause that Theresa May announced that the cap on how much councils can borrow against their housing revenue would come to an end swiftly before the end of October 2018. More …

The Housing Gap - An Intimidating Problem?

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The gap between housing supply and demand is a perennial issue for Councils. We take a closer look at the issues involved. More …

Display of Advertisements and Discontinuance Notices

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The recent case of Putney Bridge Approach Limited v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2018] EWCA Civ 2268 has helped clarify how local planning authorities ("LPAs") should exercise their powers when serving discontinuance notices requiring the removal of an advertisement that has deemed consent and approach the question of whether to withdraw deemed consent for a specific advertisement or the whole site on which it is displayed. More …

"No homes for nurses", bridging the gap between social housing and the NHS

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Driven by austerity, there are changes afoot in the NHS that present significant opportunities for housing associations to work more closely with the NHS in England. More …

A planning authority's duty to give reasons

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The Supreme Court recently held, in Dover District Council v CPRE Kent [2017] UKSC 79,that in special circumstances a Local Planning Authority may be under a duty to give reasons for its decisions in the interest of fairness and openness, despite there being no general duty under statute. More …

Dealing with de-brief requests from unsuccessful bidders

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Minimise the risk for challenge by following the below tips as far as possible. More …

Greg Clark new Secretary of State for DCLG

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Details of Cameron's new government have been announced this afternoon. One of the key surprises is the appointment of former Universities Minister, Greg Clark MP, as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. More …