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Government’s Broadmead approval hailed as a vote of confidence

Secretary of State James Brokenshire’s approval of Hammerson’s plans for a 1m sq ft redevelopment of Bristol’s Broadmead shopping centre has been hailed as a vote of confidence in the city centre, Robin Dobson, Director of Retail Development at Hammerson, welcomed the decision during his presentation at the Major Developers Session at the West of […]

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CBI warns over Brexit ‘panic’

The uncertainty surrounding the UK’s withdrawal from the EU is spreading ‘panic’ in boardrooms, the South West Regional Director of the CBI has warned. Deborah Fraser, talking on the  Industrial Strategy Panel at the West of England Economic Growth Conference, said that firms must be planning for the consequences of a hard Brexit: “The biggest […]

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Government backing for major North East scheme

An incredibly ambitious project in the North East has gained the support of the Department for International Trade as part of £2bn of new investment opportunities launched across the UK. The £250m scheme, set for Gateshead Quay, will see a 3.84 hectare site transformed into a thriving new area which will drive tourism and visitors […]

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Boldness and ambition can help solve Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s “immoral” housing crisis.

Mayor James Palmer says only boldness and ambition can help solve Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s “immoral” housing crisis. He gave a keynote address at the Cambridge Development Plans 2018 event last month (September), where he outlined the scale of the problem, suggesting current housebuilding rates in his Combined Authority area needed to roughly double to 6,000-8,000 […]

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Transformation growth set for the North of England

Northern Powerhouse Rail is poised to deliver transformational change to the North boosting the economy and improving connectivity for millions of people. Leaders from the city regions of Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield have welcomed the move to bring fast and frequent rail services to the region – and new opportunities for businesses and […]

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LCR and Nottingham County Council to partner to maximise HS2 regeneration

Regeneration specialists LCR, owned by the Department for Transport, are to partner with Nottinghamshire County Council as they look to maximise the huge potential the arrival of HS2 will have on the East Midlands. The partnership will help the region prepare for the ‘once in a generation’ infrastructure scheme which is set to help transform […]

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Funding close for East Midlands build to rent tower

Funding is being lined up for plans to build Derby’s tallest building, our event has heard. Matt Chandler, Development Manager at Godwin Developments. our recent Birmingham event that the company is close to securing a funder for its Landmark scheme. Funding will ‘hopefully’ be in place by mid-November for the 17-storey build to rent scheme, which […]

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Trinity College Dublin opening Republic’s first privately funded academic building

Trinity College is just about to open what it claims is the Republic of Ireland’s first purely privately-funded academic building, our Dublin Development Plans Conference has heard. Dr Patrick Prendergast, the college’s Provost & President, told the event that the Trinity Business School is due to open in six months. He said the school is […]

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York Central; an ambitious scheme to transform the city

One of the largest brownfield sites within England is set for a transformational scheme led by the York Central Partnership. The collaborative group, made up of Homes England, Network Rail, National Railway Museum and the City of York Council, are driving forward plans to regenerate a 45 hectare area of York – the most ambitious […]

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Trains, planes and driving the economy – Central Lancashire’s opportunity of a lifetime

Trains, planes and driving the economy – Central Lancashire’s opportunity of a lifetime Ahead of the HS2 Economic Growth Conference we hear exclusively from Lancashire County Council on the phenomenal opportunities the infrastructure scheme will bring to the region and how it’ll be a catalyst for growth:   The potential is crystal clear – Preston’s […]

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Transforming Blue Light Estates in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset…

This year the UK’s first ever event focused on Blue Light Estates will take place in London – bringing together those at the forefront of estates, property and facilities management, including the Police, Ambulance and Fire & Rescue. One of those involved within the Blue Light Estates Development Conference are Devon & Cornwall Police and […]

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Designs for HS2 stations in Birmingham and Solihull revealed

Impressive new images have been revealed to showcase what the two new HS2 stations in Birmingham and Solihull – Birmingham Curzon and The Interchange Station – could look like. HS2, a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ set to bring phenomenal economic growth opportunities to the UK, is set to arrive in the West Midlands in […]

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£350m Leeds South Bank scheme…

The regeneration of Leeds South Bank is set to see the City Centre ‘double in size’ – and today marks a major step forward in the project with the signing of a legal agreement. Having had planning permission granted by Leeds City Council in April developers CEG, who’re planning a major £350m scheme at the […]

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More than 400 canal-side homes set for Gloucester site

A new £65m residential development set to create 411 new homes in Gloucester has been approved – twelve years after the council initially granted permission back in 2006. The development, set to create stunning new residential properties overlooking the canal, are set to be created at the Monk Meadow Dock site in Gloucester. Developer Crest […]

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1,300 new homes given green light in Bristol

The creation of almost 1,300 new homes on the edge of Bristol have been given the green light this week as a scheme has been recommended for approval. The development, being brought forward by Crest Nicholson, will see the 65-hectare site transformed into a thriving community with amenities and local facilities.

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Funding announced to maximise HS2 Toton station and East Midlands Airport expansion

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has announced fresh funding for a local-led body named Midlands Engine Partnership – which will help the region maximise the huge opportunities which HS2 will bring to the East Midlands HS2 Station and East Midlands Airport. The funding will enable the development body to put to together plans to […]

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Green light for new housing scheme at Wirral Waters

Peel Land and Property have today received the go-ahead for new homes set to be built at their ambitious Wirral Waters development site. The £90m ‘Wirral Waters One’ scheme, which will see them built 500 new properties, is set to be the first residential development at the site – which is set to be transformed […]

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Brexit wrangling threatens to delay HS2, warns project executive

The Brexit parliamentary process could hold up efforts to deliver the northern leg of High Speed 2, a senior executive at the project has warned.  Lorna Pimlott, Director of Sponsorship & Policy for Phase 2 of HS2 told delegates at our West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference that the hybrid bill for the Birmingham to Crewe […]

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Plan earmarks two new garden suburbs

South east Calderdale has been earmarked for two new garden suburbs to help address West Yorkshire’s wider housing shortage. Karen Lythe, Assistant Director for Economy, Housing & Investment at Calderdale Council, told delegates at our West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference that the borough’s draft local plan had identified Brighouse and Elland for the two extensions […]

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Leeds reverse brain drain, says Riordan

Leeds has reversed the brain drain which has seen many regional cities lose graduates to the South of England, Leeds City Council’s Chief Executive has said. Tom Riordan, speaking at our West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference, said work carried out to support Leeds’ bid for the Channel Four headquarters had demonstrated the relative youth of […]

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