423,000 homes with planning permission approved are still waiting to be built, research reveals

Research published by the Local Government Association (LGA) in recent days has revealed that the UK has a backlog of more than 423,000 new homes with pre-approved planning permission that are still waiting to be built. The LGA’s report suggests that this ‘backlog’ has grown by almost 16 pe....

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When is a house not a house…?

Neighbours of one couple in Leicester were probably surprised to find that their garage was, in fact, a home but they are not alone. Dr Reeta Herzallah and Hamdi Almasri had managed to conceal the home for a couple of years by putting a garage door across the front of the property but in October ....

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GDPR: What HR professionals need to know

With the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) fast approaching, organisations across the UK are preparing by reviewing and addressing many aspects of their data handling and processing. HR departments are set to be amongst the most significantly affected as they are likely t....

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Support growing for London ‘upward extension’ scheme

In recent days, Housing Secretary Sajid Javid has extended his backing to an innovative ‘upward extension’ scheme proposed for London, which would make it easier for City businesses and homeowners to add additional floors to their properties. The proposed policy, which was initially consulted....

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Important changes to planning law just around the corner

On 23 February 2018, new legislation will take effect which will enable developers to purchase ‘development-ready’ land from local authorities, as authorities will be able to ‘pass-on’ the planning permission required in order to build on such land in instances where they have already previo....

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Your right to unpaid parental leave

Being a working parent is never easy. Looking after children in the holidays can be a case of juggling work commitments, taking paid leave, and filling the gaps with childcare and paid-for activities. This can work out to be very expensive and may be hard to arrange, so parents might want to conside....

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