Category Archives: Planning Rules

The way in which we live is partly determined by the planning regulations which Governments like to change from time to time. Planning is not something which most people consider interesting until they cannot build an extension (or find a neighbour can that blocks out their view) or that we have too few houses for the people in society. Then planning rules become very interesting.

Four key elements that are needed in planning


Last Thursday in the House of Commons there was this debate that took place in Westminster Hall on the theme of Planning that was set out by Bob Seely and after he had made his opening comment the next person … Continue reading

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Teaching Britain’s colonial past in UK’s curriculum


This evening there will be a debate in Parliament based on a petition which received nearly 270,000 signatures until its closure in early December 2020. The MP who is organising the debate is Chris Evans, the MP for Islwyn. The … Continue reading

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Is he sticking two fingers up, or promoting gross stupidity?


So this is the tweet that someone in the Boris Johnson publicity group sent out at around 5pm on Wednesday. He has received 8,000 likes but 9,000 comments and nearly 1,000 retweets with a significant number of comments from people … Continue reading

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Let us thank Andrew Griffith for his debate on Dark Skies


A few days before Christmas on 14th December a Parliamentary debate in the House of Commons took place which was organised by the MP for Arundel and South Downs under the very short title of Dark Skies. He explained in … Continue reading

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UK needs better Governance for Agriculture and Fishery


Over the last two days in Parliament there have been some debates and votes on several amendments and clauses for two bills that the Government has already set out as their preferred laws for our nation. These bills are the … Continue reading

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We need to establish a new generation of Regional Assemblies


Last Thursday there was a debate under the subject of Planning and House Building in the House of Commons. Having read the speeches it is clear that the elements being raised by some of the MPs who were able to … Continue reading

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Another sad day following the Grenfell disaster


A couple of weeks ago on the 7th September the Labour Party with support from several other Political groups proposed an amendment for the Fire Safety Bill that was being debated and voted on for the third time in the … Continue reading

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We clearly need more collaboration and solutions


At the end of Parliament yesterday there was a brief debate involving two MPs. I spotted that the debate which was being arranged by Nusrat Ghani was being planned and even referred to it here on Saturday. Nusrat Ghani, is … Continue reading

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It is vital that unitary Councils are not the only solution to consider


Earlier today two pieces of news emerged that both relate to local Councils albeit in very different ways. The first was the sad news that ex Council leader of Oxford County Council Keith Mitchell has died. I worked with Keith … Continue reading

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Lets be radical about solving some current Housing problems


In the last few days two Sussex MPs have raised questions about Housing requirements as we come out of the initial COVID lockdown situation. Many of us are very aware of this challenge and some of the opportunities and barriers. … Continue reading

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