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Strategy planning for 2022

With the new year looming on the horizon and the economy finally getting back on track, with specialists predicting we will be back to a pre-Covid economy by December, now is the perfect time to be thinking about the future of your business and looking at your strategic plans for 2022 and beyond.

Here at the Chamber, we can provide you with specialist one-to-one support to help your business succeed and grow in 2022.  Read on to find out more.


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Why should I use a planning consultant when applying for planning permission?

Robinson & Hall, Land and Property Professionals, often receive planning jobs whereby the individual has attempted to apply for planning themselves and they now require our help. Abel Bunu, Senior Planner at Robinson & Hall, explains why it is important to use a planning consultant from the outset when applying for planning permission. 
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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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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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Infrastructure guarantees positive but must deliver action on the ground

Commenting on the announcement of new guarantee schemes to kick-start infrastructure projects and support exports,Cheryl Smart MBE, Chief Executive of Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce said:

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Strategy planning for 2022

With the new year looming on the horizon and the economy finally getting back on track, with specialists predicting we will be back to a pre-Covid economy by December, now is the perfect time to be thinking about the future of your business and looking at your strategic plans for 2022 and beyond.

Here at the Chamber, we can provide you with specialist one-to-one support to help your business succeed and grow in 2022.  Read on to find out more.


Read More

Why should I use a planning consultant when applying for planning permission?

Robinson & Hall, Land and Property Professionals, often receive planning jobs whereby the individual has attempted to apply for planning themselves and they now require our help. Abel Bunu, Senior Planner at Robinson & Hall, explains why it is important to use a planning consultant from the outset when applying for planning permission. 
Read More

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:

Read More

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.

Read More

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. 

Read More

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).

Read More

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:

Read More

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:

Read More

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.

Read More

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