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Government pledges ‘radical’ reforms
The coalition government pledged “radical” planning reform with the scrapping of Regional Spatial Strategies, the abolition of the Infrastructure Planning Commission and the adoption of the Conservatives’ localism agenda key to its programme.
Mortgage Rescue Scheme under review
Communities secretary Eric Pickles ordered a review of the Mortgage Rescue Scheme, an initiative to help homeowners struggling with mortgage payments to stay in their homes. Figures showed only 458 households had been helped since the scheme was launched in January 2009.
Home information packs suspended
The new Government suspended the use of Home Information Packs, which were introduced in 2007 in England and Wales. They were brought in as an attempt to speed up the house selling process by obliging sellers to provide much of the required conveyancing information.
Equality Mapping, Monitoring and Improvement Planning, LGC/HSJ Conferences, 15 September, London.
The Future of Planning
LGC Conferences, 13 October, London.