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Planning rules will be relaxed to turn empty High St shops into flats

Planning restrictions will be relaxed so empty shops can be converted more easily Full planning applications will no longer be required to convert shops It will become easier to change empty business spaces into cafes or restaurants  The package of planning measures will also introduce a ‘fast track’ scheme A new drive to revitalise high streets and town centres hollowed out by the Covid...
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Emerging legislation and written ministerial statement on planning and hospitality

LEGISLATION AND MATTERS ARISING Written Ministerial Statements • Secretary of State for the MHCLG, Robert Jenrick gave a Written Ministerial Statement on Planning and Hospitality to extend some of the Permitted Development Rights including pavement licences to help high streets recover. Emerging Legislation Government Bills • Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill 2019-20: amongst other things the Bill...
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March Newsletter and a Guide for residents about online scams

From the Secretary of NORA The NORA March Newsletter: Newsletter March 2021 A Guide for Residents about Online Scams: SCams etc   ———————————————–
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NORA’s response to the National Planning Policy Framework Draft

Dear Member, Please find attached NORA’s Response To The National Planning Policy Framework Draft Text And The National Model Design Code: NORA response final draft 110321 The salient points and comments have been collated from contributions and comments received and from the previous Responses to the Beautiful Building Better, Building Beautiful Consultation, the Changes to The Current...
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Chief Planning Officer for England outlines planning proposals to local Chief Planners

AVERLEY OUTLINES PLANNING PROPOSALS TO LOCAL CHIEF PLANNERS England’s chief planner has outlined the Government’s proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and given local authorities the opportunity to apply for funding under a pilot programme to apply design coding in their areas. Proposed changes to the NPPF would see the framework place “greater emphasis” on beauty...
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The end of the leasehold trap?

    THE END OF THE LEASEHOLD TRAP? AN EXPLANATION OF THE NEW LAWS BEING INTRODUCED TO PROTECT LEASEHOLDERS The ‘scandalous pitfalls of leasehold’ will be banished under new legislation Homeowners will be able to extend leases up to 990 years at zero ground rent Leaseholders call for no delays on implementing the new legislation The end of toxic leaseholds has been announced...
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January 2021 Newsletter

Please find below the first of the NORA Newsletters.   If you have any comments or views on any of the articles in the Newsletter, please send them to the Secretary of NORA at: noraseretary@gmail.com. Newsletter January 2021
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Petition: Set standards for soundproofing Houses in Multiple Occupation

There is a petition to Parliament asking for action on soundproofing HMOs.  This is an issue of concern for many neighbours of HMOs. Neighbours of HMOs are suffering from the noises of HMOs, including from ‘heavy hydraulic-sprung doors’. Many domestic/prefabricated properties (some with no cavity – just solid walls, thin party walls and no insulation/soundproofing) were not...
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