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Reaching the wider community

Engagement with the community has now been an integral part of the planning process in London for a number of years. Working with the community helps to build a narrative behind the development that can be crucial to winning the support of politicians and decision makers alike. By William Mendoza

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Conservative Party Conference 2018 - Closing Thoughts

Last Sunday, as Cascade travelled to Conservative Party Conference, there were rumours of a big announcement scheduled for that evening - possibly as a means of dampening any post-conference jump in the polls for Labour. However, the announcement was delayed, with many attributing this to the embarrassment over problems with the Party’s own conference app, or perhaps in anticipation of the media frenzy Boris Johnson would cause.

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Conservative Party Conference 2018 - Monday update

Yesterday, Cascade sat in on no less than eight planning and development related events. It seems that Government Ministers have been banned from making any headline-grabbing announcements, so there were no surprises from our new Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, or Housing Minister, Kit Malthouse, who were both keen attendees at these fringe talks.

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Conservative Conference 2018 - Sunday update

And last but not least, it’s the Conservatives’ turn to appeal for your vote at their annual Party Conference. Over the next few days, Emma and Luke will be providing you with some insight about what this Government has in store for the planning and development industry, the state of the Party, as well as their own election prospects and very hopefully, some clarity over Brexit.

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Labour Conference 2018 - Wednesday update

Rather than join the cascade (get it) of opinion that greeted the closing speech by Jeremy Corbyn yesterday, Freddie Palmer discusses lessons learnt from this year's Labour Party Conference.

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Labour Conference 2018 - Monday update

Away from the high-profile debates around the selection of MPs and Labour Leaders, or even the more bizarre position Labour has taken on a possible second referendum, the hotter topic of conversation on the Conference Fringe has been housing.

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Labour Conference 2018 - Sunday update

We wanted to give you an early insight into what’s happening from Labour Party conference. By Chris Rumsey

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Liberal Democrat Conference 2018

Following three and a half days of voting on party policy, catching up with old friends, witnessing some bad singing and drinking craft beer, the time has come to say farewell to another Lib Dem Party Conference. By Carita Ogden

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Party Conferences 2018

Cascade are heading to party conferences.

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Mayors push the Boundaries at Conference

All eyes turn to the Party Conferences, where both Labour and the Conservatives will not only be thrashing out the key issues of the day, but also the very future of their organisations.

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Dealing with residents, dust and noise - Construction Communications

Chris Rumsey highlights the imporatance of effective and professional construction communications.

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Housebuilding starter or NIMBYs' charter?

Luke Major looks at the newest revision of the National Planning Policy Framework and how it will impact the development industry.

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Three Wandsworth Planning Successes

Cascade is delighted to have helped secure three planning approvals at Wandsworth's Planning Applications Committee last night for our clients: the Royal College of Art (RCA), STEP and South West London & St George's Mental Health NHS Trust and Optivo.

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"Known Unknowns" -  Proposed changes to Labour Councils' leadership contests

To borrow from Donald Rumsfeld, one of the “known knowns” post the local elections in May was that London politics was about to become an amplified battleground for Labour politics, regardless of how the results had gone on May 3rd. Mark Walker explores the implications of Labour Council Leaders being elected by local Labour members, instead of the current elected Labour groups on the council as it is now.

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Diversity is the name of the game - an update on the Letwin Report

Stephen Goodall provides an update on the Letwin Report. An excess of “relatively homogeneous” new-build homes has reduced market demand, weakening supply from house builders, concludes Rt Hon Sir Oliver Letwin MP in his draft analysis of build out rates.

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Heathrow expansion approved

The bill to expand Heathrow Airport has just passed through the House of Commons. Client Director, Mark Walker, sets out Cascade's instant reaction to the vote and what political implications the decision may unfold.

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The Ghosts of Oxford Street

Mark Walker reports on the decision made by Westminster Council to cancel the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street leaves Sadiq Khan in search of his flagship policy and raises fresh questions about the Mayor’s relationship with other local boroughs.

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The Mayor's Housing Strategy

Today, after 2,000 plus responses, Sadiq Khan has published his housing strategy for London. Has anything changed since the draft was published in September last year and who is the publication really for? Chris Rumsey provides insight on behalf of Cascade Communications

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Local Elections - not revolutionary but significant

How have the local elections results impacted on the Mayor’s relationship with the boroughs, especially the Labour ones? Christian Cosby from Cascade discusses the impact.

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Staines committee success and CIPR award shortlist

Cascade is delighted to have supported London Square in securing planning approval for Phase 1B of their exciting development in the centre of Staines and are proud to have been shortlisted for our work on the Old Southwark Fire Station as the CIPR Planning Campaign of the Year.

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From the Field: The morning after the night before

As the dust starts to settle on another set of elections, we wanted to bring you up to date on the results and what’s been learnt so far.

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15 April 2018

Elections 2018: The growing importance of Community Consultation

As the build up to the London elections continues and party manifestos are being announced, Chris Rumsey discusses how the elections in May are already affecting the expectation around community engagement and pre-application consultation.

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From the Field: LB Redbridge – Labour

In normal times the once safe Conservative borough of Redbridge would be a key target for the party to win back, however the political wind hasn’t changed direction. Instead the Tories are focusing their time and energy to keep hold of the council seats they still have.

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