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New Gas-Fired Power Station Approved for Swansea

A new £90 million gas-fired power station in Swansea has been given the go-ahead. The application for Abergelli Power Station, submitted by Drax Group Plc, was referred to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for the final decision. Drax Group are speaking at our upcoming energy development conference.  The decision to […]

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Planning Permission given for New Garden Village in Hampshire

Outline planning permission has been granted for the Welborne Garden Village scheme in Hampshire, which incorporates a new community of up to 6,000 homes with supporting shops and community facilities, employment space, schools, parks and open spaces.

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“New Localism” How Developers are Creating Scotland’s Future Places

The decline of the traditional high street and the need to create a new forms of community have been omnipresent in the news media.  Paul Hanegraaf of Creative Navigate at Milligan defined their attitude to redevelopment as “Placemaking to us is not gravity and rainwater, it’s not buildings, it’s about people”.

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Housebuilding “Key Economic Growth Sector” for Scotland

Nicola Barclay, Chief Executive of Homes for Scotland emphasised incredible importance of the house building industry for Scotland, saying that “Homebuilding supports 80,000 jobs and contributes £370m to government and local finances and also contributes to social wellbeing”.  She discussed how historical lack of building was a significant challenge for the country, she said in […]

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Chief Planner Claims Improvements to the “Whole System” for Process In Scotland

This June MSPs finished what Chief Planner for the Scottish government John McNairny described as a “lengthy and controversial process” to pass the 2019 Planning Act to reform the system. The bill introduces new requirements for councils to appoint chief planning officers to prepare regional plans and manage changes for communities. McNairny said that the […]

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Technological Innovation Shaping 21st century Scottish Infrastructure

Scotland’s is seeing the emergence of “A new type of infrastructure asset classes, 5G networks, EVs, Carbon capture storage”  Kerry Alexander, Director of Infrastructure, Finance & Programmes at the Scottish Futures Trust told delegates. Alexander told the conference of the of the many new considerations involved in such infrastructure  “Ambition is fantastic, infrastructure must be […]

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Scottish government Focused on ‘Leveling Up’ Skills and Communities

The Scottish Government is focusing on ‘leveling up’ it’s workforce according to Head of Investment, Kat Feldinger.  Speaking at the Scotland Development Conference Feldinger spoke about the devaluation of vocational education saying that it was previously seen as “second hand” and “not on parity” with the academic route, but this has “changed massively in the […]

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Scotland is Now: Why Scotland is Primed for Investment

  Scotland’s unique opportunities were at the forefront of Scotland Development Conference’s first session titled “Scotland is Now” – named after the global campaign launched by the Government to position Scotland as a forward-thinking country for people to visit, live, work, study and invest.

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Break the Silence: Mental Health and Welfare in Construction

In all walks of life, mental health is becoming a more prevalent issue, with one in four people being affected. Scotland Development Conference sponsor BOHO have highlighted the issues surrounding mental health, and Pagabo wanted to champion this movement towards better mental health. Both companies want to raise mental health awareness and the impacts it […]

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The Case for Scotland: Scottish Minister Reveals Unique Investment Opportunities

The abundance of opportunities for investment and development in Scotland was at the forefront of the most recent Scotland Development Conference  Delivering a keynote speech to over 350 delegates Scottish Minister Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation Ivan Paul McKee said: ‘‘This is a great place to come and live, work, study and invest, Scotland […]

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Conference to set out regeneration and development opportunities in Birmingham

On the 4th November, prominent business leaders within the construction and property industry will come together for the Birmingham and West Midlands Development Plans Event – one of the region’s largest business events of the year within the construction sector. The event, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the region’s leading civic […]

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Plans For New Everton Stadium Ready By End of The Year

Following what is claimed to be one of the largest-ever public consultations in the UK, the football club has said it remains on course to submit a planning application for its £500m stadium in Liverpool by the end of the year. Everton will speaking at our North-West Development Conference  The latest proposals for the stadium […]

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£30 Million Investment into Rotherham Town Centre Homes

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet is set to formally approve plans to build 171 new homes in a £30 million investment intended to breathe new life into three rundown town centre sites.

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Boris Johnson Branded HS2 Axe As ‘Political Suicide’

Boris Johnson admitted that cancelling HS2 would be ‘political suicide’ at a meeting just days before he became prime minister, according to a leading west midlands businessman. Steve Hollis, chair of the West Midlands HS2 Growth Delivery Board, told our HS2 Economic Growth Conference that he and the conurbation’s elected mayor Andy Street had met […]

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Ex-Olympics Minister Urges HS2 To Grasp Cost Increase Nettle

HS2 must learn the lesson from the 2012 Olympics that is important to grasp the nettle about cost increases, according to one of the ex-ministers at the heart of London’s winning bid. Richard Caborn, minister of sport when London submitted its successful bid in the early Noughties, said at our HS2 Economic Growth Conference that […]

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Politicians Warned That North Will Be Key In Upcoming Election

Whoever wins the upcoming general election will have to take northern concerns seriously, our HS2 Economic Growth Conference was told. Henri Murison, director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), told the Northern Powerhouse Rail session that he had “never known” as much unanimity of political leadership across the north despite the cuts that the region’s […]

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‘No Excuse’ For Second Class Manchester Terminus, Says Council Leader

There is “no excuse” for the north of England not to have the same high standard of rail projects recently seen in London, Manchester city council’s leader has said. Speaking at our HS2 Economic Growth Conference Cllr Richard Leese said that the HS2 upgrade of Manchester’s Piccadilly should be of a similar grade to the […]

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Build Leeds & Manchester HS2 Legs Together – Nottinghamshire Leader Urges

The last two legs of HS2 should be developed in tandem rather than one after the other, the leader of Nottinghamshire County Council told delegates at our HS2 Economic Growth Conference. Cllr Kay Cutts, who also chairs the delivery board for the development planned around the proposed East Midlands Hub station at Toton, called for […]

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HS2 Station Needed To Stop Euston Overcrowding

Plans to upgrade Euston station to house the HS2 terminal are necessary in order to prevent the existing station from becoming dangerously overcrowded, our HS2 Economic Growth Conference was warned. Mark Witham, head of commercial development at HS2 Ltd, told delegates that the classic station is over capacity by about three-fold. “It needs the HS2 […]

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Leeds Chief Challenges HS2 Critics – “If you don’t do HS2 what is the solution?”

The chief executive of Leeds city council has thrown down the gauntlet to HS2’s critics to come up with a better solution for tackling the north-south divide. Referring to the history of failed attempts to overcome regional inequalities, Tom Riordan said: “If you want something that is going to stabilise the economy and give certainty […]

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