Built Environment Networking Blog:

What do Buy to Let Property Investors Need to Know About High-Speed 2?

After almost 8 years of debate and consultation, the initial phase of the second high-speed rail network hybrid bill is expected to receive Royal Assent early this year. Running 335 miles from Euston (London), the line will be formed in a “Y” configuration with construction of Phase 1 aimed for completion in Birmingham by 2026 […]

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Don’t be a jack of all trades & master of none – How to tame your social media monster

Do you feel daunted by the volume of activity that you see being shared on social media? Is this possibly one of the reasons why you haven’t thrown yourself, wholeheartedly, into using social media for your business? Recently I have been running several social media workshops, in the Yorkshire area, for small business owners. At […]

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Rising nimby backlash frustrates social housing delivery

Bristol is delivering a tenth of the new affordable housing that it needs. That was the blunt message from a member of the city’s mayoral housing commission at last week’s Bristol Development Plans 2014 event. Oona Goldsworthy, chief executive of the locally-based United Communities Housing Association, said that Bristol mayor George Ferguson’s Homes Commission had […]

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New Scheme will put Coventry on the Euro Map

Coventry’s Friargate development is a scheme of potentially European significance, the scheme’s developer has claimed. Delivering the closing keynote presentation at Built Environment Networking’s Coventry Development Plans 2014 event, Stephen Reynolds said: “I can’t think of another city that can put forward 36 acres of developable land by a railway station. This is at least- […]

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Historic University faces major revamp to meet needs of today’s students

Glasgow University’s historic main campus must be significantly revamped in order to meet the educational needs of today, its director of estates has warned. Ann Allen outlined her organisation’s development plans in the closing keynote presentation at the Glasgow University Investment Plans event organised by Built Environment Networking. She said more than half of the […]

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West Yorkshire vows to secure more devolved powers

West Yorkshire council leaders have pledged to “seize the moment” to secure more devolved powers for the Leeds city region, as all the main political parties wrestle with the devolution issue after Scotland narrowly rejected independence The chief executives of the six councils that formed the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) in April – Leeds, […]

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Reading’s success fuels development demand

Reading’s economic success in recent years is fuelling strong demand for development across all sectors, according to the town’s borough council. Councillor Tony Page, deputy leader of Reading Borough Council, told a Built Environment Networking Event on ‘Reading General Development Plans 2014’ at Reading’s Town Hall, that development investment was sorely needed. “There are major […]

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Broads planner outlines vision of high quality growth

The chief officer of the council covering one of Norwich’s key expansion zones has said the authority wants growth, but not at any cost. Broadland district council chief executive Phil Kirby delivered the opening keynote presentation at Built Environment Networking’s Norwich Development Plans seminar, which took place last Thursday (16th September) in the city. He […]

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Cardiff goes for greenfield growth

Cardiff is allocating 13,000 homes to green field sites in its latest local development plan in a bid to accommodate the booming Welsh capital’s rapid population growth, a senior planner has revealed. James Clemence, planning policy operational manager at Cardiff City Council, delivered the opening keynote speech at Built Environment Network’s Cardiff General Development Plans […]

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New eco-watchdog advocates eco-system planning

Wales’ environmental watchdog is urging developers and councils to work with it in delivering an integrated or eco-system approach to all aspects of the natural environment. Graham Hillier of Natural Resources Wales said: “We certainly want to encourage investment in Wales that supports the Welsh economy while enhancing and protecting Wales’ unique environment.” “We want […]

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