Latest updates and stories from Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce and its Members

20% Planning Fee Increase

Following parliamentary approval, the planning fee increase came into effect on Wednesday 17th January. All applications will now see an increase of 20% with key cost increases to note:

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BCC: Planning system must work better for business

The planning system in England is more complex, costly and difficult for business than it was 5 years ago, according to a major report published today by the British Chambers of Commerce.

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New requirements for highways pre-application enquiries

At Robinson & Hall we are firm believers in undertaking robust investigations into the deliverability and constraints surrounding a site prior to submitting any planning application. 

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Empty property rates

From October 2013 all newly built commercial property completed between 1st October 2013 and 30th September 2016 will be exempt from empty property rates for the first 18 months (up to the state aids limit).

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BCC: Investment in HS2 will create confidence for businesses

Commenting on today’s announcement by the Department for Transport on High Speed 2, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:

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Bedfordshire Chamber urges businesses to support London Luton Airport consultation on future of the airport

London Luton Airport Operations Limited have launched a consultation on their vision for the future of the airport, and are seeking the feedback of all those who have an interest in its development and improvement. The airport is one of the region’s most important assets. It is currently the 5th largest airport in the UK, was the fastest growing in 2011, and flies an increasing number of UK business passengers abroad on business.

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BCC: Britain still needs a big bang strategy for infrastructure

Commenting on Danny Alexander's speech to the Liberal Democrat Party conference, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

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Liberalising planning restrictions is a step in the right direction, says British Chambers of Commerce

Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce’s umbrella body, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has responded to the government’s housing and planning announcements by saying that liberalising restrictions is a step in the right direction.

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Further delays on aviation beggar belief, says Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce

Commenting on reports that the government’s consultation on aviation capacity will be delayed, Cheryl Smart MBE, Chief Executive of Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce said:

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