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Exclusive Q&A With Newcastle University’s Director of Estates & Facilities

In January we’re hosting – with the support of the North East Combined Authority – the first ever North East Development Conference which is focused on driving regeneration, development and investment into the region. Ahead of the event we hear exclusively from Newcastle University ‘s Director of Estates and Facilities – Iain Garfield – about […]

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£70m Healthcare Facility Given Green Light

The Royal Marsden NHS Trust has received the thumbs up to develop a new £70m cancer facility in Sutton, London. The Oak Cancer Centre will “help people with cancer for decades to come” with a focus on providing faster diagnosis for more people and research to find new cures and treatment. The centre will house […]

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Decision Set For Portsmouth Mixed-Use Scheme

THAT Group’s plans to transform the now empty John Lewis store in Portsmouth’s Southsea will be decided next week – after they submitted plans earlier in the year. The proposal from THAT Group is to re-purpose the buildings into a thriving mixed-use building including: Cinema Hotel

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Bovis Homes Boosts Housing Associations 16,000 Home Target

Major housing developer Boris Homes have given housing association LiveWest a huge boost in their bid to develop 16,000 new homes over the next 10 years by strike a 2,000 home strategic partnership.

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West London Property Growth Driven By New Connectivity

The London Borough of Ealing in West London is the site of a large number of major developments, driven by expansions in the transport network our London Property Club heard. Lucy Taylor, Director of Regeneration & Planning for Ealing Council described the surge as “some of the fastest growth in London”. Taylor told delegates of […]

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Huge New Communities Emerging at Wembley Park and Brent Cross

The borough of Brent is supporting massive community building, long-term schemes the recent London Property Club heard. Alice Lester, director of regeneration, growth and employment described the scale of development, she said, “We’ve got 8 growth areas, two of them are new.” The Borough of Brent is “pro-development” and is supporting long-term community led schemes, […]

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Brighton & Hove Council Announce Major ‘Rejuvenation’ Project

A derelict site on the seafront in Brighton is about to be transformed, as Brighton & Hove City Council look to ‘rejuvenate’ the Black Rock area. The area has laid empty for more than 40 years, but now the Council are now planning to restore the area to former glories which should then see a […]

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Wheatley Group Proposes New Housing Scheme In Glasgow

Developer Wheatley Group has revealed fresh plans to deliver more than 250 new housing units in Glasgow – as they continue their growth across Scotland.

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Developer Gets Green Light On Appeal For Wales Project

  Developer Wales & West Housing Association has won an appeal to deliver ‘much-needed’ affordable homes in Gwersyllt in Wrexham. The scheme, which was initially refused by Wrexham Council, was sent on appeal to the Welsh Government and their appointed planning inspector has now overturned that decision.

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Highways England Announces 15-Mile Upgrade

Highways England has unveiled plans which will see the 15-mile stretch of the A12 between Chelmsford and Marks Tey upgraded.

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Sustainable ‘Living’ Building Revealed For Swansea

Hacer Developments have revealed proposals for their newest Swansea city centre development – and it is set to be covered in plants and trees. A planning application has now been submitted to Swansea Council, and developer Hacer is hoping that the scheme, once approved, could begin as early as April 2020 – and they’ll be […]

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CWC Group and Homes England JV to Transform 600-acre Plot

The consultation period over a proposed £800m community on the edge of Nottingham has just finished – an announcement which moves the major development forward. CWC Group – who’re speaking at our Nottinghamshire Development Plans Event – have received outline planning permission for the project through Rushcliffe Borough Council in May, which includes £100m of […]

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Exclusive Interview On Mills With A Regeneration Specialist

In a BEN exclusive we spoke with Tom Stannard, Corporate Director of Economic Growth and Regeneration at Wakefield Council to discuss the development of Mills. Wakefield Council will be presenting at our upcoming Mills Development Conference.   Wakefield Council has worked extensively with developers City & Provincial on redeveloping Rutland Mills Complex, how did that […]

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Knowsley Council’s £44m Investment In Kirkby “Largest Ever”

Knowsley Council and the developer St Modwen have agreed a deal to transfer 87 shops and 12.4 acres of land into council ownership in what is claimed to be the local authority’s largest-ever property investment. Knowsley council are speaking at our upcoming North-West Development Conference. The council said the move was a “significant step forward […]

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Weston Homes and Tesco Submit Plan For Goodmayes Site

Weston Homes, working alongside their partner Tesco, has now submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of the 10.4 acre Tesco store and carpark site at 822 High Road in Goodmayes into a new mixed use development. The site is located next to Goodmayes Railway Station and is close to Barley Lane Park. Weston Homes […]

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Government Needs To “Release land Around Transport Hubs,” Says Major Developer

Planning Director of Crest Nicholson, the 8th largest listed house building, Rebecca Warren told delegates at the recent Birmingham Development Plans evening that the government needed to “release land around transport hubs” in green belt areas to ease the housing crisis.  Warren said: “There are lots of train stations in green belt which do not […]

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Historic Shrewsbury Ready For The High Street Of The Future

Shrewsbury’s Big Town Plan, created in consultation with over 5,000 residents, is leading the way forward for the medieval town centre, which is populated with over 600 listed buildings.

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The Glass Works Is Letting New Light into Barnsley Town Centre

The Glass Works is the centerpiece of the transformation of Barnsley high street, the High Streets Development Conference heard. The Glassworks is a £180m project being led by Barnsley Council, partially funded by the Public Works Loan Board, to create a new home for the Barnsley markets and a new high street destination. The name […]

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Kirklees Redevelopment Lead by Ambitious Huddersfield Blueprint

Kirklees Council are launching their high streets redevelopment with the first projects of their 2019-2031 masterplan, our High Streets Development Conference has heard. Huddersfield is the largest town in the Kirklees area which has avoided much of the national problem, according to Angela Blake, Service Director of Economy and Skills: “The retail offering is still […]

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Regeneration Specialist Compares Swansea Transformation to “Victorian” Proportions

Swansea is embracing the changing nature of Britain’s high streets, a leading Councillor has said. Cllr Rob Stewart, Cabinet Member for Economy and Strategy, told delegates at our High Streets Development Conference that the scale of changes occurring across Swansea was transformational: “About 70% of our city centre is under redevelopment, regeneration or being refurbished […]

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