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Urban intensification puts focus on freeing up retail space for housing and employment

Planners needs to think ‘very hard’ about whether to free up retail space in town centres for housing and employment, according to North Somerset Council’s chief executive. Mike Jackson said during the economy panel debate at Built Environment Networking’s West of England Economic Growth Conference that urban intensification was a strong theme of the city-region’s […]

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Housing demand means green belt sites could be used to meet targets in exceptional circumstances

West of England planners are having to look at green belt sites in order to meet booming demand for housing in the city-region, according to the city-region’s chief planner. Laura Ambler, interim head of planning and housing at the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), said during the housing panel debate at Built Environment Networking’s […]

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Overground & underground rail could be a game changer for Bristol

The west of England’s local authorities are hatching plans for a Bristol Tube, the city’s mayor has revealed. Speaking during the devolution panel debate at BEN’s west of England conference, Marvin Rees said that a pre-feasibility study had been carried out into creating a mass transit system for Bristol and the surrounding area. He said […]

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Bristol-London transport links to be transformed – Network Rail Chief

Bristol will have more frequent rail connections with Central London than the outer stretches of the capital’s Metropolitan underground line by the end of next year, the chair of Network Rail has told the West of England Economic Growth conference. Sir Peter Hendy said in his presentation during the opening session of the Built Environment […]

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Hotel boom triggers rethink of Airport City masterplan

The masterplan for Manchester’s Airport City is having to be rethought due to greater than expected demand for hotel space, a Built Environment Networking conference has heard. Lynda Shillaw, chief executive of property at Manchester Airport Group (MAG), told the North West Development and Regeneration Plans conference that two hotel deals had already been executed […]

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Garden Town must be more than a marketing tool – Essex Environment Chief

The term garden community should not be watered down to a promotional tool for housing development, Essex council’s heads of planning has told a Built Environment Networking conference. Nicola Beach, executive director for infrastructure and environment at Essex County Council, said at last week’s BEN Harlow and Essex Development Plans conference that planned garden cities […]

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Conference to set out development plans & opportunities in London

On the 10th January, prominent business and public-sector leaders will come together at the London Development Plans conference – one of the City’s largest business events of the year within the property and construction industry. The event, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the region’s biggest names in business lead a regional […]

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Leeds Council Chief Executive reveals conference centre ambition for the City

Leeds will be pushing for its own conference centre in a bid to put the city more firmly on the map, the council’s chief executive has told a Built Environment Networking conference. Tom Riordan told the Leeds & West Yorkshire Development Plans event in the city last Wednesday that the ‘time is right’ to consider […]

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Strategy aims to cut Ediburgh’s reliance on the financial sector

Edinburgh’s economic strategy will seek to cut the Scottish capital’s reliance on financial services, a senior council official has told a Built Environment Networking Conference. Michael Thain, head of place development at Edinburgh City Council, said in a presentation at BEN’s Edinburgh Development Plans conference that the authority’s emerging economic strategy would be focused on […]

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Government warned over Surrey housing numbers

Surrey’s local authorities will be unable to meet the increased housing output being demanded by ministers, the county council’s cabinet property supremo has told a Built Environment Networking conference. The government recently announced that it is planning to change the way it calculates how many new homes councils need to plan for in their local […]

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