SLR has been helping towns and cities (and the businesses which operate and own property in them) across Ireland and the UK to tackle the decline in retailing with positive solutions. In the article below, Paul McTernan details the challenges, opportunities and some of his key frustrations with the debate.
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ESOS Phase 2 is currently underway and all large undertakings are expected to complete new assessments by 5 December 2019, with any audits from now counting towards the final compliance. Below is the latest newsletter from the Environmental Agency, which makes it clear that they are becoming more stringent and less amenable to non-compliance, with a significant number of penalties being followed up.
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Draft Revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework – a platitude towards boosting housing delivery?
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