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27/05/2016

Fracking in North Yorkshire: a comparison

This
week saw a landmark for the incipient fracking industry in the UK, as the first
new permission to undertake hydraulic fracturing since 2011 was granted by
North Yorkshire County Council.

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26/05/2016

Foreign investment and the EU: Fear of the unknown?

This week, EY
released figures
that showed that the UK had its best-performing year for
attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) since 1997. Last year saw the UK
attract a record 1,065 projects which, in turn, created 42,000 jobs. This
investment means that we now hold a 20.9% share of projects within the European
market, making us Europe’s FDI leader.

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12/05/2016

The election on reflection – Labour’s gamble

The elections this year were very unremarkable. Many were
expecting a real test of Jeremy Corbyn’s credibility as Labour leader, but the
results have proved very so-so for all of the parties. After what was essentially
a stalemate, all of the parties will be able to claim at least some success.

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04/05/2016

Welsh Assembly Elections 2016

 

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03/05/2016

South of England Election Preview: South West

It’s that time of year again. Local Elections are looming
and, following their huge success in the General Election last year, the
Conservatives will be looking to strengthen their grip around the country.
However, as we know, a party’s national popularity tends to be a better
indicator of results, than local sentiment alone.

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03/05/2016

South of England Election Preview: South East

It’s that time of year again. Local Elections are looming
and, following their huge success in the General Election last year, the
Conservatives will be looking to strengthen their grip around the country.
However, as we know, a party’s national popularity tends to be a better
indicator of results, than local sentiment alone.

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25/04/2016

Housing and the EU Referendum - how certain can we be for the future?

 

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07/04/2016

Fancy owning your own village? Look no further!

  

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18/03/2016

Wales political debate: House building and development hustings

Last week, Remarkable Engagement and the Home Builders Federation Wales organised a hustings debate with guests from the five main Welsh political parties, giving developers across Wales the opportunity to find out what the elections would mean for the housebuilding industry.

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09/03/2016

How Sadiq Khan’s manifesto plans to tackle London’s housing crisis

  

With Londoners rating housing as a top
priority
for the new mayor come May (alongside police services and transport),
both Labour Mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, and his Conservative rival, Zac
Goldsmith, have consistently put housing at the heart of their campaigns.

Sadiq Khan, the bookies favourite, even kicked off his London Mayoral
election campaign by declaring the election in May would be a referendum on housing. Today (9th March 2016) Khan has reinforced
that commitment with the launch of his ‘Manifesto for all Londoners’.

Housing remains front and centre of the Labour candidate’s campaign and a
summary of Sadiq Khan’s housing and development manifesto commitments include:

  • Setting a target of
    half of all the new homes that are built across London being genuinely
    affordable to rent or buy.
  • Creating the ‘Homes
    for Londoners’ team at City Hall to support homebuilding.
  • Seeking out new
    sources of investment and use planning powers effectively to raise the number
    of new and affordable homes London builds.
  • Working with the
    alliance of all those who want to get London building to secure the best deal
    for London from the national government, arguing for more devolution to London
  • Fighting for the
    Mayor and London councils to have a greater say in strengthening renters’
    rights over tenancy lengths, rent rises, and the quality of accommodation.
  • Protecting social
    housing as a vital asset - oppose the Government’s plans to raise rents for
    working families and to force the selloff of council homes to the highest
    bidder.
  • Looking at
    developing new forms of housing to meet the future needs of the capital, such
    as community land trusts, co-housing, and housing which allows older Londoners
    to downsize.
  • Doing more to
    protect the character of London’s communities while delivering the new and
    affordable homes needed for a rising population.

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