Plans to fast-track planning for housebuilders

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » Plans to fast-track planning for housebuilders Plans to fast-track planning for housebuilders24th February 20160597 Views Planning applications for new residential property developments in this country could soon be fast-tracked for a premium fee as part of new radical Government proposals.Under the new plans designed to help housebuilders push schemes through more quickly, developers would have a choice of submitting a planning application to the local council, a competing council or a Government approved organisation that would process applications up until the decision point.Councils would also be able to offer the fast track planning application service – possibly through competition pilots or potentially through devolution deals.Communities Secretary Greg Clark (left) said, “Council planning departments play a vital role in getting local housebuilding off the ground, but for too long they have had no incentive to get things done quickly or better, resulting in drawn out applications and local frustration.“These proposals will be a boost for house builders looking to build much needed new homes for hard working families and first time buyers, and for local people looking to get a planning permission for home improvements through their local council quicker.”Given that planning is consistently listed as a major barrier to building more homes, the Government’s ambitious reform proposals have been warmly welcomed by Laura Smith, CBI Head of Construction and Manufacturing.But she also pointed out that there is a mismatch between ambition and delivery, with local planning departments lacking the resources they sorely need.Smith commented, “For these proposals on competition, planning in principle and enhanced fees to have a real impact, they must go hand-in-hand with addressing levels of resourcing.”Brian Berry (right), Chief Executive of the FMB, also welcomed the news that the Government has listened to the concerns of industry over the sclerotic planning system.He said, “Across the country, SME housebuilders continue to be frustrated by a painfully slow planning process that is holding back the delivery of new homes. The numerous sources of delays and inefficiencies in the system impact upon house building rates, and act as a major deterrent to small developers who need to see speedy returns on their investments. Anything which encourages innovation and incentivises councils to deal with applications with greater urgency must be welcome.”planning applications planning planning for housebuilders fast-track planning 2016-02-24The Negotiator Related articles Calls for ‘green belt’ to be explained to public29th April 2021 Young entrepreneur launches UK’s first ‘modern’ land buying and selling portal15th April 2021 Retail and pub re-openings sparked newbuild sales homes surge yesterday13th April 2021What’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Sydney hosts small fleet of warships

first_img View post tag: ROK Navy View post tag: Indonesian Navy View post tag: Indian Navy View post tag: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: Sydney harbor View post tag: Chilean Navy Authoritiescenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Sydney hosts small fleet of warships ahead of New Zealand naval review November 10, 2016 Six ships from four navies arrived at Garden Island, Sydney in early November, creating a buzz on the harbour.The visits came ahead of the Royal New Zealand International Naval Review, which will take place in Auckland later this month.Indonesian Navy ship KRI Banda Aceh, a Makassar class landing platform dock was the first to arrive in Sydney.Chilean Navy tall ship Buque Escuela Esmeralda followed a few days later. The sail training ship, which is undertaking her 61st training cruise, was welcomed to Sydney with a 3 inch gun salute from the cannon positioned near the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre.She was escorted by a fleet of vessels including local tall ships Southern Swan, South Passage and James Craig and a fire tug.Eight Australian midshipmen, undergoing phase two of their Joint Warfare Application Course, joined the Esmeralda in Jervis Bay, south of Sydney, for the voyage into the city. Midshipman Connor Hoban said it was a memorable experience.“The entry into Sydney Harbour consorted by other tall ships with flags flying was pretty breathtaking,” he said.“Esmeralda is 62 years old and the crew is made up of 330 members, 100 of which are midshipmen who have just finished Chilean Naval Academy.” Hot on the heels of Esmeralda’s arrival were two Republic of Korea Navy ships, destroyer Chungmugong Yi Sunsin and fast combat support ship Cheonji, which arrived for a three day visit to Sydney.Indian multi-role frigate INS Shivalik and patrol vessel INS Sumitra also made the journey to Sydney and conducted a number of engagements alongside.The New Zealand Navy is hosting an International Naval Review to mark the service’s 75th anniversary. The event starts on Thursday, November 17, while the official review ceremony will take place November 19. Sydney hosts small fleet of warships ahead of New Zealand naval review Share this articlelast_img read more

Broadband Bill Focuses On Rural Internet Access

first_imgStaff ReportTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS — Legislation that could lead to the expansion of broadband internet service in rural areas passed the General Assembly before the clock ran out on the session Wednesday.House Enrolled Act 1065, which is on its way to the governor for action, was the top legislative priority of the Indiana Farm Bureau in 2018.The bill authorizes the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to study broadband expansion and tools to assist in its deployment. It also establishes a grant program for broadband deployment.The Farm Bureau said other bills that helped the state’s agriculture business, including:HEA 1089 – Makes changes to the authority of the St. Joseph River Basin Commission. Includes surveyors and Soil and Water Conservation District staff on the commission.HEA 1115 – Protects landowners from liability if someone goes through or on their property for the purposes of accessing a trail or greenway.HEA 1227 – Adds waterhemp, marestail, Palmer amaranth, Powell amaranth, smooth pigweed, rough pigweed and poison hemlock to the noxious weed list.HEA 1233 – Authorizes a study committee to review government programs and research related to non-point source impacts on water quality. It also approves the use of purple marks as a way to expand the options for marking the property to provide notice against trespassing.FOOTNOTE: is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Rachel Bloom Taps Patti LuPone for Funny or Die & More

first_imgNorm Lewis Enlisted for VH1’s Daytime DivasTony nominee Norm Lewis has landed a recurring role in VH1’s Daytime Divas. Inspired by Star Jones’ Satan’s Sisters…A Novel of Fiction, about a fictitious long-running talk show entitled The Lunch Hour, the scripted series is scheduled to premiere next year. Lewis will play William, a handsome doorman who may hold one of the cohosts’ darkest secrets, with Patti LaBelle taking on the role of his prying mom, Gloria. Sounds like compulsive viewing!Sister Sledge Musical in the WorksWe’re lost in music! A Sister Sledge musical is aiming for the West End. “We were recently approached by a theater producer in Chicago about doing a girl’s group musical, and I think that this would be fantastic,” band member Joni Sledge revealed at a recent charity event at Battersea Evolution in London. Sister Sledge’s hits include “We Are Family,” “Lost in Music” and “Frankie.”The Life, Helmed by Michael Blakemore, to Bow in U.K.The Life will make its U.K. premiere, directed (and updated) by Michael Blakemore, the show’s original Broadway director. Featuring a score by Cy Coleman, based on an original idea by lyricist Ira Gasman, with a book by Coleman, Gasman and David Newman, the show is an exposé of the darker side of 1980’s New York. Starring Sharon D. Clarke as Sonja and Cornell S. John as Memphis, the production will play a limited engagement from March 25, 2017 through April 29 at the Southwark Playhouse. Opening night is slated for March 29.P.S. Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr.’s new album, Simply Christmas, is available for pre-order—check out his rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” below. HOLY SH*T (You’ve Got To Vote) from Funny Or Die Rachel Bloom Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Rachel Bloom Taps Patti LuPone & Jaime Camil for Funny or DieRachel Bloom, the co-creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, has put together an impressive lineup for a new Funny or Die video, below, encouraging people to vote. Broadway favorites contributing to her number, “Holy Shit (You’ve Got to Vote),” include Patti LuPone, Jaime Camil, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jane Lynch and more. And yes, when you watch, you heard that right, Donald Trump does get called an “orange talking STD.” View Commentslast_img read more

Netherlands’ largest pension fund to boost sustainable investment, divest coal by 2030

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The Netherlands’ biggest pension fund, ABP, said on Monday it aims to reduce the carbon footprint of its asset portfolio by 40% from 2015 levels by 2025.ABP, which already set a target to cut the carbon footprint of its assets by 25% from 2015 levels by this year, follows moves by other leading funds – notably Norway’s $1.1 trillion sovereign wealth fund – to divest heavy polluting energy companies from its portfolio.ABP manages 465 billion euros ($515 billion) in assets for civil servants. Under its new target, it said it aims to invest $5 billion in “sustainable and affordable energy” companies over the next five years, adding to $10 billion already invested in such companies.It plans to exit coal and tar sands investments, with some exceptions, by 2030, it said.Peter Branner, chief investment officer at APG, the fund’s pension manager, puts companies into three ethical categories: those that it excludes completely from its portfolio – such as nuclear weapons makers and tobacco companies; those that make a positive contribution to society, which it seeks to own more of; and a third category he termed “laggards” that have room to improve and which include the Netherlands’ biggest company Royal Dutch Shell.He said Shell’s recent profit performance had been disappointing compared to that of Denmark’s Ørsted, which has become the world’s largest offshore wind energy producer over the past decade.[Anthony Deutsch and Toby Sterling]More: Netherlands’ $515 billion pension fund to accelerate cuts to fossil fuel investments Netherlands’ largest pension fund to boost sustainable investment, divest coal by 2030last_img read more

Remembering the Binghamton Senators Calder Cup championship, nine years later

first_imgThe B-Sens defeated the Houston Aeros on the road in game six, with the game-deciding goal coming from the captain himself. Keller said even when they were down, the team never felt out. 2010-2011 team captain Ryan Keller remembers it vividly. Rogan has been a season ticket holder since the start of professional hockey in Binghamton, and said it was surreal to see after thirty years of being a fan. Lifelong Binghamton hockey fan Dave Rogan says the championship goes down as his favorite moment in sports. “To see that, to live through all the games, all the emotion, it was my favorite sports moment.” “Once that final buzzer goes you can’t replicate that feeling and to go through a whole season and win, it’s definitely right up there.” “It was one of those strange feelings among the group. You didn’t think you were going to be beat, you knew you were going to win somehow.” Keller said the team was “a team in all sense of the word,” adding the team was focused on winning a championship rather than individual accolades. center_img BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Sunday marks nine years since the Binghamton Senators won the Calder Cup. Keller fondly remembers the community supporting the team during the playoff run, even saying Binghamton was one of the most “ideal cities to win a Calder Cup in.” As for Keller? He says the championship ranks high in his hockey career. “There’s certain points whether it was a certain game or certain series, that don’t seem like they were nine years ago.” “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter.last_img read more

New industry group predicts ‘massive consolidation’ in Swiss pensions

first_imgMore than half of Swiss pension funds will “disappear” in the coming decade, according to a newly formed group of industry experts seeking to lend a voice to the French-speaking part of Switzerland in the debate over the future of second-pillar system.The Group de Refléxion is made up of union representative Aldo Ferrari, who is also a member of the top supervisor OAK, consultant Bernard Perritaz, actuary Stéphane Riesen, lawyer and professor Jacques-André Schneider and actuary Fabrice Welsch.In its first statement, it predicts “massive consolidation” in the second pillar and argues that this will ultimately be in pension fund members’ interest.“Over the next 10 years, half of all Swiss Pensionskassen will disappear,” it says. The group also argues that there should be only one type of Pensionskasse, and that the wholly insurance-based model should “vanish”, as it is “doomed to fail eventually”.In the wake of the cost debate in the second pillar and the low-interest rate environment, insurers have faced scrutiny over allegedly non-transparent cash-flows and cost structures.The Group de Refléxion also spoke out against the “individualisation” of the second pillar, claiming that increasing individual choice for pension fund members contradicted the solidarity principle.Meanwhile, the Swiss government sparked a heated debate in the industry with a proposal to forbid lump-sum payments from a Pensionskasse on retirement.Based on claims that some people were exhausting their retirement funds too quickly and then drawing on emergency funds, the government wants money saved in the mandatory system to be paid out in monthly payments only.But the Swiss pension fund association ASIP warned against changing the system without reliable statistics or information on whether lump-sum payouts were really being misused to a considerable extent.Elsewhere, the government changed the funding of the top supervisory body Oberaufsichtskommission (OAK), as the authority reported a major surplus in funding in its second year of existence.In 2012, after its first year of operation, the OAK reported a CHF1.6m (€1.3m) surplus and in 2013 a surplus of CHF2m.last_img read more

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Antigua Rotary Club Donates Masks to Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda

first_img Share Sharing is caring! As part of its continuous community outreach efforts, the Rotary Club of Antigua (RCA) today made a timely donation of 500 breathable, branded, white masks to the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda (RPFAB).President of the Rotary Club, Dr. Vanetta Rodgers, in making the presentation to Superintendent Vivian Parker, who accepted on behalf of Police Commissioner Atlee Rodney, said that the club is committed to play its part in educating the public and providing needed resources to mitigate the spread of the deadly COVID-19 disease.She also emphasized the importance for everyone, more so essential workers such as the members of the Royal Police Force, to practice proper hygiene, wear masks when venturing outside at all times and to practice social distancing whenever possible.President Vanetta also expressed thanks to Acting Superintendent Brenda Jacobs, who is in charge of stores for her support throughout the process.Superintendent Parker extended words of gratitude to the Rotary Club of Antigua and noted that the masks will go a long way in assisting the officers in effectively carrying out their daily duties as front liners in the fight against the COVID-19 disease.To date, the country has 23 confirmed cases of the virus and has recorded 3 associated deaths.The Rotary Club of Antigua urges everyone to stay safe, stay at home and to adhere to all of the other safety protocols established by health officials. Share Tweetcenter_img Share 67 Views   no discussions CoronavirusLifestyleNewsRegional Antigua Rotary Club Donates Masks to Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda by: – April 13, 2020last_img read more

Francophonie awardees grateful for recognition

first_img Sharing is caring! 107 Views   one comment Share Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Francophonie awardees grateful for recognition by: – March 24, 2012 Share Two individuals and one organization who were recently recognized by the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) as part of French Day celebrations have expressed gratitude to the organization.The Association awarded Ophelia Marie; Dominica’s Lady of Song, Leroy “Wadix” Charles and the Dominica Festivals Committee earlier this week for their contribution to the French culture and the French language.According to the citation read; Ophelia is a “queen of cadence who has had a great career; 16 albums, 12 prestigious awards including lifetime award, Maracas Does Award, Sisserou Award of Honor, Golden Drum Awards and very recently Kaiso Trail Blazers award”. Marie thanked the Commission for the award noting her delight for receiving yet another award.“When you receive an award from home it has a very special feel to it because you know that you receiving from people who might not love you all the time but they love you anyway and you know that when you go out to represent Dominica, you are going with all their love”. Leroy “Wadix” Charles who is the co-founder of the musical group Wadicole a Hi Fi system which was created in 1985 was said to be “in love with music from the Francophone world, whether it is Cadence, Cadence-lypso, Zouk or Soukous.Ophelia Marie. According to the citation, “Wadix began his career as a radio deejay in 1995 with two radio programs, Hit Pawole Creole and Cadence Zouk Festivals. Best deejay by Fame Awards in 1995 and 2000, he has also received an award from the Dominica Festivals Commission for the promotion of creole music in 2000 and 2003, he has also received an award from DBS Radio for his promotion of creole music and the award from Flamboyant Awards in 2005 for best musical show”. Charles was also very grateful for the award said, “I have given my entire life to the promotion of music and as long as I live I will continue to promote French and creole music”.Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Festivals Committee Colin Piper who received the award on behalf of the Committee joined Marie and Charles in thanking the Commission.Meanwhile national correspondent for the Commission, Sonia Magloire Akpa highlighted the importance of the French language and culture to Dominica.French is a part of our everyday lives; our creole language, our heritage, our surnames like Magloire, names of our towns and villages, fauna and flora, so we can’t get away from it. Additionally, we are situated between two French islands which bring us closer to La Francophone”. Akpa said, it was a “great pleasure and honor” for the Commission to recognize the awardees for their role in the promotion of Francophone music. [nggallery id=150]Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more