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

Government shows further commitment to growth in the Oxford to Cambridge Arc

 11th December 2018

Phillip Hammond’s Autumn Budget on 29th October 2018 has strengthened the Government’s commitment to growth in the Oxford to Cambridge corridor, which is also now referred to as the ‘Brain Belt’.

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Preventing squatters over the festive period

As Christmas draws closer, squatters are probably the last thing on your mind when thinking about closing up a commercial premise over the holiday.

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Changes to Assured Shorthold Tenancies now in force

Changes to the Deregulation Act 2015 came into force on 1st October 2018 meaning that all landlords in England wishing to serve eviction notices to tenants in Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs) under Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 will have to comply with additional requirements, 
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Agriculture Bill and post-Brexit Policy

On 12th September the Government presented the Agriculture Bill to Parliament, together with announcements about the future of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS). 

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Increase in landlords leaving the property rental market

According to ARLA Propertymark, the UK’s professional body for letting agents, a record number of landlords left the rental market during April 2018, despite demand for rental properties increasing.

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One million new homes in the Oxford to Cambridge arc

A recent study by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has proposed significant new development along a broad corridor linking Oxford in the west with Cambridge in the east. This could extend to one million new homes by the year 2050.

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Local Plans Update

Local Planning Authorities across the country have been progressing Local Plan preparations to ensure that they meet the Government’s end of March deadline for submission of Local Plans to the Secretary of State and thereby retain control of their housing figures. 

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You’ve Received Planning Consent: What Next?

Many people are familiar with the requirement to obtain planning consent when they plan to adapt, extend, construct or change the use of their building; but once planning consent has been achieved how many people read the small print advising that Building Regulations Consent may also be required.

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Central Bedfordshire Council Local Plan Consultation August 2017

Central Bedfordshire Council has now published its preferred options for the new Local Plan, which will cover the period from 2015 to 2035.

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