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None of pledged starter homes built, says watchdog
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A government plan to create 200,000 new homes in England for first-time buyers has resulted in no homes being built, the National Audit Office has found.

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Meet the councils quietly building a housing revolution
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The Stirling prize-winning Norwich estate is the tip of the iceberg: despite government cuts, local authorities are finding innovative ways to build housing

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Unbridled Woodford needed reining in
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An interesting article by Oliver Shah at The Times discussing the recent downfall of fund manager Neil Woodford and suggesting that the nations Councils also need to cool off their property spree.

"Councils have become the “dumb money” in the property market. The Treasury should hike the rate further."

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Government accused of wrecking plans to build more social housing
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Councils voice frustration after shock interest rate rise imposed on cheap Treasury loans

The government has been accused of “trashing” plans to build more social housing across the UK after it imposed a shock interest rate rise on cheap Treasury loans.

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Excellent... another consultation!
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Let's face it, you can never have too many public consultations! This one's a little different. 

A12 Chelmsford to A120 Widening (Junctions 23 to 25) Public Consultation October 2019

Released by Highways England and with 8 Public Consultation events planned between now and the close of the consultation on 1st December. 

Perhaps they could give a few lessons in public engagement to the NEGC.

Visit the Highland Englands website for more

Taxpayer's £350k 'jenga tower' bill for Colchester garden scheme is set to go ahead
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Council bosses say the cash for the North Essex garden communities is vital

Colchester Borough Council has said deferring funding for the North Essex garden communities would mean losing expertise and continuity.

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Killian Garvey successful in the Court of Appeal concerning the interpretation of Neighbourhood Plan Policies
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Killian Garvey, acting for Beechcroft Land, assisted in securing a successful judgment in the matter of Chichester DC v (1) Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (2) Beechcroft Land Ltd [2019] EWCA 1640.

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Only one in 10 green belt homes 'affordable', says countryside group
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Campaign for Protection of Rural England says brownfield land offers more opportunities

Only one in 10 homes built on green belt land in England in the last decade has been classed as affordable, undermining the case for the development of supposedly protected areas, according to countryside campaigners.

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Strict new planning rules introduced to protect wildlife in Essex
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The council says its wants to be 'tough on developers' who destroy animal habitats.

Planning applications will be scrutinised much more vigorously to protect natural habitats by council highways officers.

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‘Councils need a Plan B now in case Local Plan flops’
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This is what the Colchester Conservative Councillors are saying. Should we be considering the same points for Braintree as well?

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