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Can I change my council home to another one in another area?

If you are a social housing tenant there are a number of ways that you can apply to move home to another area. One alternative is to use a mobility scheme. Mobility schemes are designed to assist social housing tenants who wish to move within the social rented sector. Housing mobility schemes There are currently two housing mobility schemes: Seaside & Country Homes and LAWN and these are delivered by the housingmoves service on behalf…

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What do I need to know about tree management and preservation?

If a tree is of importance, your council can request that a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) be attached to a tree. Find out about TPOs and getting authorisation to work on a protected tree. Why protect trees and hedges? Trees and hedges are a key element of our countryside, but they also have a major part to play in urban areas. Trees and hedges in private gardens, parks and other open spaces, or lining the…

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What do I need to know about the planning system and development control?

The planning system is needed to control development in your area. Your local planning authority (LPA) is responsible for deciding whether a development – anything from an extension on a house to a new shopping centre – should go ahead. The LPA is usually the district or borough council – not the parish or town council. The role of the local council Within the framework of legislation approved by Parliament, councils should try to ensure…

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