HOUSING campaigners last night urged Theresa May to go beyond hollow words and slash planning regulations to fix the housing crisis – after she pledged just £2 billion for new council homes. Hitting back at the Prime Minister’s speech, Shelter demanded Ministers “bring down the huge cost of land by changing current planning laws” as well. They say “this will make it cheaper to build the genuinely affordable homes we desperately need.” Shelter CEO Polly Neate said last night: “There are over a million households on social housing waiting lists, and yet last year we built the lowest number of social homes at any point since the Second World War. But she warned the speech must be “this must be the start and not the end.” She told The Sun: “What we need to see now is many more social homes actually being built, as well as a big shift in attitude towards viewing social housing as a right for hard pressed families across the … [Read more...] about Campaigners urge PM to go beyond hollow words and slash planning regulations
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PUBLISHED: 10:06 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:37 23 July 2018 Andrew Boothby Rothamsted Manor in Harpenden is Grade I listed, meaning it is "a building of exceptional interest". Picture: John Mathews Archant Own a listed building? Be mindful of the planning challenges, says Andrew Boothby of Aitchison Raffety Andrew Boothby, Aitchison RaffetyThere are around 500,000 listed buildings in England, more than 800 of which are located in the St Albans District. Owning or living in a listed building is a big commitment and comes with a number of obligations and responsibilities. Maintaining or altering a listed property can be a challenging and complex process; however it can also be very rewarding. St Albans Clock Tower is Grade I listed. Picture: Alan DaviesA listed building is a building or structure that is considered to be of ‘special architectural or historic interest’. While many buildings are interesting architecturally or historically, in order to be listed a … [Read more...] about What is a listed building and what are the planning regulations involved in maintaining and altering such buildings?
LONDON (Reuters) - One of Britain’s most vocal anti-EU cabinet ministers publicly endorsed Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to keep Britain in a free trade zone for goods with the EU, a sign she has so far averted a revolt against a new proposal for a soft Brexit. Britain's Environment Secretary Michael Gove speaks on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show in London, Britain July 8, 2018. Jeff Overs/BBC handout via REUTERS May unveiled the plan at a closed door government meeting on Friday, siding with those in her divided cabinet who favour closer ties with Europe while ordering those who support a cleaner break to back her policy or quit. Environment Secretary Michael Gove, one of the highest-profile Brexit campaigners in the cabinet, took to TV to endorse the plan, as critics inside and outside the ruling Conservative Party started to attack the proposal. “I am a realist,” Gove told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show. “One of the things about politics … [Read more...] about Leading Brexiter Gove backs May’s free trade zone plan as UK…
The capital will get the first bumper trial of 5G this autumn, EE has announced today. In March, mobile companies submitted their first bids as part of the 5G spectrum auction, with regulator Ofcom starting the process of selling packages which will allow mobile providers to roll out 5G plans in the next couple of years. Hutchison 3G, Telefonica, EE and Vodafone were the successful bidders in Ofcom’s 4G and 5G airwave spectrum auction it was confirmed in April, with only Airspan Spectrum Holdings coming away empty handed. Read more: Three picks SSE Enterprise to start installing 5G infrastructure But before any big launch can get underway, the companies involved need to test them out, hence the planned trials. O2 has already said it will turn the O2 arena in North Greenwich into a 5G test spot in the second half of the year, but EE said today east London will be the first place in the UK to get a trial of 5G in October. The trial will see 5G switched on at 10 sites around east … [Read more...] about EE plans first UK 5G trial network to take place across 10 sites in east London in October
Fracking opponents have reacted with anger after ministers unveiled measures to help projects through the planning system, which campaigners said would make drilling a shale well as easy as building a conservatory. Shale gas explorers will be able to drill test sites without applying for planning permission and fracking sites could be classed as nationally significant infrastructure, meaning approval would come at a national rather than local level. Planning authorities will also be given £1.6m to speed up fracking applications over the next two years and a new shale environmental regulator will be created this summer, under government proposals published on Thursday. Caroline Lucas, the co-leader of the Green party, said the plans were shocking. “Britain’s fracking experiment was on life support and now the government is trying its best to shock it back into life.” Rebecca Long Bailey MP, shadow business secretary, said: “Fracking should be banned, not … [Read more...] about Fast-track fracking plan by UK government prompts criticism