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  • 22 Nov
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    Autumn Budget Round-Up

    This year’s Autumn Budget saw significant new measures in relation to housing and development as well as a reiteration of the 1.7 billion Transforming Cities Fund. Speaking in the commons earlier today Chancellor Phillip Hammond set out measures to boost housebuilding and homeownership as well as strategic land and infrastructure developments. Here we’ll summarise some of the key points that will shape the planning and development landscape in the coming years.

  • 16 Nov
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    Development Tax and Retirement Homes

    Life expectancy and working age has been on the rise for the last 30 years in the UK.  While policy seems to be focussed on helping first time buyers access the housing market, evidence suggests that we are failing to plan effectively for the older members of our society.

    The government do seem to be floating some ideas to help, for instance making pensioners exempt from stamp duty when downsizing to smaller homes, and we anticipate more relevant announcements in the Autumn Statement next week.

  • 13 Oct
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    Houses, Houses Everywhere!

     

    In the past month NJL Consulting has secured reserved matters planning permission for over 400 new dwellings across the North West. Sites in Thornton, Hesketh Bank and Preston will now be brought forward by our clients, Persimmon Homes, Wainhomes and Pillars Construction with work due to start on the sites soon.  

  • 14 Jun
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    Graduate Planner role at NJL Manchester

    NJL Consulting has been providing specialist planning and development advice to clients across the UK for more than a decade.  Our expert, multi-disciplined team has developed a reputation for quality and attention to detail that has seen clients return to seek our services time and time again.

    NJL is a leading planning and development consultancy, based in Manchester and Leeds, which provides advice and prepares applications throughout the whole of the UK for a wide range of clients. We're committed to developing strong relationships with our clients.

  • 18 May
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    Supreme Court Judgment - Fully Digested

    Last week’s judgment issued by The Supreme Court, in relation to the Suffolk Coastal District Council (Appellant) v Hopkins Homes Ltd and Richborough Estates Partnership LLP v Cheshire East Borough Council (Appellant), has been causing much discussions across the country on what this will mean for residential planning applications (and appeals) in the future.

    Following briefings provided by others within the past week, NJL has digested the decision and what this will mean moving forward and set out below a summary of how this could impact upon your existing and future planning applications.

  • 03 Oct
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    Survival of the Fittest

    Last week it was reported that UK retail sales had taken an unexpected dip in September.  This was accompanied by claims that warmer than normal weather could be to blame, or people overspent in August so cut back for a month.  However, in addition to the speculation about it being a short term phenomenon, is the very real possibility that the reason is actually due to a dent in consumer confidence which has sprung from the uncertainties surrounding Brexit.

    On the day of the Brexit poll I attended a Seminar titled ‘Retail & Town Centres: Where next? put on by the RTPI which included a talk by Mohammed Chaudhri of Experian Decision Analytics.  His talk was about the prospects for the UK economy and the retail sector, it looked at how the economy had faired since the recession, explained why there had been a slowdown in 2016 and looked forward to a post Brexit time.  The crux of his analysis was that;


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