Insights

14
Aug

Metro Mayors – Next stop Liverpool?

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According to reports, Council Leaders across Merseyside will be providing the Government with a list of the powers they would like to gain as part of a devolution deal in just a few weeks. This list of demands will be presented to government ministers by Liverpool Mayor, Joe Anderson; Cllr Phil Davies, Chair of the […]

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14
Aug

Neighbourhood Plans: Democracy in Action

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One of Winston Churchill’s statements, “democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the rest”, has stood the test of time over many years. He wasn’t, of course, talking about Neighbourhood Plans, but is it applicable to them? The Department for Communities and Local Government has stated the rationale behind Neighbourhood Plans is […]

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14
Aug

Fracking: the end of localism?

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This week the Government has announced that it will intervene to fast track fracking applications if local authorities delay determination. The Government views shale gas as an essential part of the UK’s energy mix and hopes to prevent the controversial applications from stagnating in the planning system. Both of Cuadrilla’s applications which were refused by […]

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