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Kirklees Local Plan: what does it mean for Kirklees and West Yorkshire

Kirklees Council have been given the backing of the Planning Inspector – paving the way for the introduction of their new Kirklees Local Plan in the next few months. The plan sets out the vision and strategy for the future of the region, highlighting improved infrastructure and housing as two areas of focus. Kirklees Council, […]

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Transforming Leeds City Region through ’12 big ideas’

A five-year strategy has been set out by Leeds City Council with the aim of ensuring the City flourishes – driving regeneration, development, opportunities, better education and health amongst many other things. The strategy, which is expected to be approved by the council’s executive board on Wednesday highlights 12 ‘big ideas’ which will transform Leeds […]

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Local communities and woodlands in Birmingham and Crewe recieve HS2 funding boost

An additional £8m of funding has been provided to benefit local communities and woodlands between Birmingham and Crewe. The announcement, which promises to create new woodlands and bring safer local roads to communities and residents, comes as HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani promises to ensure that HS2 sets a new environmental standard for construction projects. The […]

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Work begins on multi-million pound retail and industrial scheme

Work has begun on the multi-million pound Park 66 development on the outskirts of Bury. The development, which is set to see the first retailers of the park open their doors in the Spring of 2019, will see Home Bargains, Food Warehouse, KFC and Costa Coffee located in Pilsworth. It will pave the way for […]

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Student bed boost for University of Lincoln

Proposals to boost student beds within Lincoln’s Viking House development have been given the thumbs up by the City of Lincoln Council chiefs. The plans, which will provide an additional 272 beds for students within the City, are a great boost for housing in the City at a time that there is a real focus […]

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Countryside Properties get green light for Garden City housing

Developer Countryside Properties have had their proposal for the delivery of an addition 172 new homes within Ebbsfleet Garden City approved. The scheme, which forms part of its plans for the Ebbsfleet Garden City’s Springhead Park, will see the creation of new houses alongside additional amenities including an outdoor gym, park and allotments. The project […]

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Retail axed from Ravenscraig masterplan

Plans for 1m sq ft of new retail and leisure floorspace have been axed from the updated masterplan for the regeneration of the ex-Ravenscraig steelworks, our Glasgow Development Plans Conference has heard. Murray Collins, Managing Director of Fusion Estates, said the masterplan for the Lanarkshire site has been ‘just updated’ which included the removal of […]

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Rail connectivity is vital to economic growth

The expansion of UK railways to connect cities is vital and essential to ensure that the economy can thrive, whilst ensuring social goals can be achieved. A new report, published by Urban Transport Group, claims that if cities and their surrounding regions continue to drive improvements within social, environmental and economic aspects within their communities […]

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University of London looking to collaborate with private sector

The amount of student beds in London which are owned by Universities has taken a huge drop since 2010 – with the percent dropping from over 65% to 55%. It’s a trend which is potentially set to continue as the University of London say they’re happy to engage with the private sector on new developments […]

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UBER – a new vision & a focus on the Northern Powerhouse

Fully electric and hybrid fleets. Improved integrated into local transport networks. Flying vehicles. UBER have recently set out a new vision for their company, their drivers and their riders – as their new leadership team plan the next phases of UBER’s incredible revolution. They’re heading in a new direction – and they’ll be joining us […]

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Collaboration crucial for the delivery of HS2 economic growth

At a time when local government is facing unprecedented pressure on its finances, and a growing and ageing population is putting the UK’s existing infrastructure under increasing strain; public-private partnerships are ever more crucial in delivering on the Government’s agenda for homes, jobs and economic growth. Whilst we look to the private sector to shoulder […]

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HS2: the momentum is building…

There is a real sense of momentum building ahead of the HS2 Economic Growth Conference around the proposed East Midlands HS2 Hub Station at Toton near Nottingham, and the potential for major HS2 related investment in and around Chesterfield. In September 2017, an unprecedented partnership of councils, business and local bodies came together to publish […]

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How can we spearhead city-scale digital twins?

While the concept of a digital twin has been around since 2002, it is only thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT) and scalable information systems that it has become feasible to implement them at scale. Indeed, digital twins are so imperative to business today that the concept was named one of Gartner’s Top 10 […]

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Countryside Properties plan major housing scheme in Cambridge

Award winning developer Countryside Properties are proposing a huge new development on the outskirts of Cambridge which could provide a major boost for economic growth and housing with the region. The scheme, set for the Bourn Airfield site to the West of Cambridge, has held initial public consultations over the plans and will now look […]

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Homes England frameworks set to tackle the housing shortage

Homes England, formally known as the Homes and Communities Agency, are set to begin a drive with the aim of boosting housing numbers across the UK. The vision of delivering new homes faster to ease the shortage of homes will be helped by the launch of a procurement initiative at the end of this month, […]

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The Oxbridge ARC Corridor – what’s the vision, and how do we maximise opportunities?

The Oxford – Milton Keynes – Cambridge corridor is set to unlock a huge opportunity for economic growth. Through long-awaited connectivity links it will not only improve connectivity, productivity and communication within the cities and wider reaching regions, but it will provide the infrastructure to drive economic development, regeneration and growth. The work undertaken by […]

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Funding secured for accelerated delivery of 1,300 Cambridge homes

A joint venture between two of Cambridge’s leading businesses – Hill and Marshall Group Properties – have secured funding to unlock a large development site which will provide Cambridge with 1,300 new homes and a variety of other mixed-use schemes. Hill Marshall LLP, as the JV is known, will now move forward with the ‘Wing’ […]

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University reveals plans for Sheffield’s tallest tower

Sheffield Hallam University has unveiled proposals for the city’s tallest building as part of a masterplan to revamp its city centre campus. The university’s Director of Estates, Daniel Ladbury, told our Sheffield Development Plans Conference that it has been working with architects BDP on a 37-storey building. Sheaf Street Tower, as it would be named, […]

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Network Rail retenders project frameworks

Network Rail is retendering its property project frameworks, including architecture, M&E and structural engineering. Speaking at our London’s Major Estates Development Plans Conference Norrie Courts, Stations Director at Network Rail, said that it is rejigging all of its property project frameworks whilst a new umbrella agreement would ‘hopefully’ appear in August or September. Network Rail […]

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Weston Homes plan hundreds of homes in the West of England

Weston Homes are planning to build 400 new homes in Weston-Super-Mare. The development, which is now being opened for public consultation to gain feedback from the local community on the development, will be a major boost for housing in the region which is set to be a key topic at the West of England Economic […]

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