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Nick Clegg orders independent bedroom tax study

by professorbillwinlow on 16 October, 2013

Independent research into the impact of the spare rooms’ subsidy has been ordered by the Government, Nick Clegg has announced. Mr Clegg said the study was needed to find out whether tenants could opt to take a smaller house or flat to avoid a deduction in their benefits. “I have seen lots of widely different […]

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GOOD NEWS ON STONEY BUTTS & DODNEY DRIVE

by professorbillwinlow on 30 April, 2013

 The good news is that Preston City Council is unhappy with the suggested access to the Stoney Butts and Dodney Drive sites and has gone back to the site owners to tell them this. “The chances of these developments taking place are minimal, but we must all stay alert for alternative, unacceptable proposals and be […]

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April 8th was a great day at Preston Planning Committee when the CEG proposal for the development of land to the north of Hoyles Lane and east of Sidgreaves Lane was unanimously refused, mainly due to highways and drainage issues. Thanks to all the 171 people who have written in to object to the proposal […]

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Update on the Iniquitous Bedroom Tax

by professorbillwinlow on 21 April, 2013

“Like all other Liberal Democrat councillors I know, I believe that the bedroom tax is mistaken and is so complicated and unfair that it should be scrapped, says CC Bill Winlow. “It seems grossly unfair to all of us that someone should have their rent increased for having an unoccupied bedroom, if there is no […]

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Home extension plans amended

by professorbillwinlow on 21 April, 2013

Government plans to ease planning rules in England for three years have been amended to give neighbours the right to be consulted on building work. It comes after 26 coalition MPs voted against the Government on Tuesday. The Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has written to MPs setting out a “light-touch neighbours’ consultation scheme”. He said […]

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Hoyles Lane Planning Proposal Unanimously Refused

by professorbillwinlow on 8 April, 2013

Today was a great day at Preston Planning Committee when the CEG proposal for the development of land to the north of Hoyles Lane and east of Sidgreaves Lane was unanimously refused, mainly due to highways and drainage issues. Thanks to everyone who has written in to object to this proposal and to Lancashire County […]

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Centralisation of the planning system threatens Green Belt

by professorbillwinlow on 28 March, 2013

Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) research, published today in partnership with the National Trust, reveals that the government is sleepwalking towards the centralisation of the planning system. The LGiU surveyed senior local government politicians and officials in 94 Local Planning Authorities.  60% of respondents disagree or strongly disagree that the introduction of the National Planning […]

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Figures obtained by the Telegraph 25/03/13) show that since the National Planning Policy Framework paper was published last March, the number of new homes winning planning permission has risen by a quarter in England and fallen in Scotland and Wales, where the changes do not apply. The Planning Inspectorate is warning privately of a “shock” to […]

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The Sunday Times’ Charles Clover says that councils failure to show that they have reserved a five-year supply of land for housebuilding in their local plans, as required by government rules announced last year, will create a free-for-all for developers as they can use the admission to get planning decisions overturned.  “This is also true […]

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Yesterday’s budget delivers Lib Dem policies to help families with the cost of living and invest in the future of our economy, while making responsible choices to deal with the financial problems Labour left us with.  We are delivering the £10k personal allowance from April 2014 – one year earlier than planned. “This is great […]

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