We met with delegates from across the country at the 2014 Local Government Association (LGA) Rural Conference.
Held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Chester, the annual event brought together decision makers to explore and understand rural perspectives on some of the key topics being debated in local government.
The opening address was given by Dan Rogerson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Water, Forestry, Rural Affairs and Resource Management, who highlighted the challenges for rural authorities on planning, supporting local business and housing. Delegates then had the opportunity to discuss their issues directly with senior politicians and councillors, and visit the exhibition to meet our team.
“It was really interesting to gain a different perspective from the rural community,” said Rhonda Griffiths, Local Authority Stakeholder Manager. “Our Local Land Charges (LLC) proposals will involve all 348 local authorities in England and Wales so it’s important to hear about the unique challenges they face and how we can work together.”
Our engagement with local authorities follows the announcement in June of legislation for Land Registry to become the sole registering authority for LLC in England and Wales. These proposals support wider government priorities to improve the ease of registering a property, digitise government services and make public data more easily accessible for the benefit of the wider economy.
“Following the LGA Annual Conference in Bournemouth, it was good to find out that delegates were aware of our LLC proposals and keen to hear more details,” said Joe Stronach, Local Authority Relationship Co-ordinator. “This is the first in a series of events throughout the autumn as we hope to speak to as many local authorities as possible.”
To find out more about our Local Land Charges proposals, please contact a member of the Engagement Team.