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Ten acre site on the edge of Birmingham City Centre wins consent

Birmingham’s biggest private landlord has secured outline permission for the redevelopment of 10-acre site on the edge of the city centre, Business Environment Networking’s recent event in the city heard.   Mark Lee, chief executive of the Calthorpe Estate, told at the Birmingham Development Plans event that outline permission has been granted for the redevelopment of […]

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£8.4bn price tag for Oxfordshire infrastructure

Oxfordshire requires approximately £8.4bn worth of infrastructure investment by 2040, a Built Environment Networking event has heard.   Sue Halliwell, Oxfordshire County Council’s director for planning & place, revealed the emerging findings of the OxIS study that at BEN’s Oxfordshire Development Plans event last month.   She said the study had shown that the county’s transport funding […]

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Tall building earmarked for Portsmouth City Centre

Portsmouth looks on the verge of a high-rise building boom, the council’s city development manager told Built Environment Networking’s recent event in the city. Delivering the opening presentation at the Portsmouth Development Plans 2017 event, Claire Upton Brown said that the authority had to deliver up to 17,200 new homes in its local plan, which […]

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Chinese set sights on Leicester

China’s most senior UK inward investment official in the UK will be heading a 25-strong delegation of the country’s businesses to Leicester next month (October). Helen Donnellan, inward investment director at Leicester City Council told Built Environment Networking’s recent event in the city that the official will be attending an event at the east midlands […]

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Ambition & commitment to elevate West Yorkshire to the international stage

The inaugural West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference heard from the region’s key business and political leaders about how West Yorkshire can harness its economic potential to ensure it competes on the international stage. Over 350 delegates heard from Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leader of Bradford Council as she […]

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Final line-up of speakers announced for the inaugural West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference

Final line-up of speakers announced for the inaugural West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference Over 300 delegates and 20 exhibitors Dr Aman Puri, Counsul General for India – key note speaker New speakers confirmed including HS2, Transport for the North and Huddersfield Town AFC Over three hundred people are expected to attend the first ever West […]

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Bristol to push for more affordable housing

Bristol’s elected mayor is aiming to ensure that a fifth of all new housing development in city is affordable, according to the chief executive of one of the city’s biggest registered providers. Oona Goldsworthy, chief executive of United Communities housing association, told Built Environment Network’s recent Bristol Major Development Plans event that she believed Marvin […]

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The North East is flying…

The arena and conference centre being planned on Gateshead’s Tyne waterfront will be a development of ‘regional significance’, the local council’s chief executive has said. Developers ASK and investors Patrizia are backing the plans for a 10,000 sq m conference and exhibition centre, arena, bars and hotels. The new arena will be located on a […]

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Tory Cambridge Mayor backs land value capture tax

Cambridge’s directly elected mayor has backed taxing land values to help pay for the infrastructure, including an underground railway, which he said is needed to help bring forward development around the city. James Palmer told a Built Environment Networking event in the city there was a requirement for a mechanism to capture the increases in […]

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Bristol to unleash tall buildings relaxation

Bristol council is about to unveil plans to allow more tall buildings in the city, the authority’s housing supremo has revealed. Cllr Paul Smith, cabinet member for housing at Bristol City Council, said that the authority was about to go out to go to consultation on a new strategy to encourage higher density development. “The […]

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Development and investment updates from Crewe

£55BN PRICE TAG FOR HS2 IS ‘INSIGNIFICANT’, SAYS RAIL PROJECT DIRECTOR The £55bn cost of building HS2 is ‘insignificant’ when put in the context of the government’s wider spending, according to one of the rail project’s board members. Duncan Sutherland, who is an executive director of the HS2 company that is spearheading the north-south rail […]

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Government in talks with Manchester authority on land clean up fund

The new pan-Manchester authority is negotiating with the government to create a new fund to remediate the conurbation’s contaminated brownfield sites. Eamonn Boylan, chief executive of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority said that contamination, often the legacy of Manchester’s industrial past, was a big obstacle to bringing forward sites for development across the conurbation. “Land […]

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BBC slammed over country estate sale

The BBC has been slammed as ‘irresponsible’ for selling off an estate that it owns outside Reading without properly consulting the local authority’s planners. Tony Page, deputy leader of Reading council, speaking at a recent Built Environment Networking event in the town, criticised the way that the public broadcaster was selling the 93-acre Caversham house […]

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Viability impact warning over post-Grenfell Tower building regulation review

Changes to building regulations likely to be triggered by last month’s Grenfell Tower fire disaster will have an impact on the viability of high rise projects, a leading property investor has said. Ed Crockett, ‎director of residential fund management at Aberdeen Asset Management, told a Built Environment Networking event on Birmingham development plans, said the […]

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Glasgow to unveil city centre residential plans

Glasgow council is putting the finishing touches on a city centre residential strategy, a Built Environment Networking event in the city has heard. Patrick Flynn, head of housing and regeneration at the Glasgow City Council, told the Scottish Development Plans event on July 15th that the authority would be publishing its city centre residential strategy […]

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Winter gardens refurb set to restore Blackpool to Conference Premier League

The refurbishment of Blackpool’s iconic Winter Gardens will put Britain’s biggest seaside resort back on the map as a major conference destination, a Built Environment Networking event heard last week. The renowned conference facility is currently about to undergo a £25m revamp, due to commence in September that will enable it to cater for up […]

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New plans unveiled for Leeds city centre expansion plan.

Developer CEG is on the verge of submitting an application to regenerate a 6 acre site on Leeds’ South Bank, which forms a key plank of the council’s plans to expand the city centre, delegates at a Built Environment Networking event heard last week. At the West Yorkshire Development Plans event, which was held in […]

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Huddersfield University set for new developments

Huddersfield University are heavily investing in new buildings to attract students to study in Yorkshire. A new £30m development will see the Barbara Hepworth Building become a start of the art facility for students studying art, design and architecture. Colin Blair, recently made an MBE in the New Years Honours, will be speaking at our […]

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Rising nimby backlash frustrates social housing delivery

Bristol is delivering a tenth of the new affordable housing that it needs. That was the blunt message from a member of the city’s mayoral housing commission at last week’s Bristol Development Plans 2014 event. Oona Goldsworthy, chief executive of the locally-based United Communities Housing Association, said that Bristol mayor George Ferguson’s Homes Commission had […]

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New scheme will put Coventry on the euro map

Coventry’s Friargate development is a scheme of potentially European significance, the scheme’s developer has claimed. Delivering the closing keynote presentation at Built Environment Networking’s Coventry Development Plans 2014 event, Stephen Reynolds said: “I can’t think of another city that can put forward 36 acres of developable land by a railway station. This is at least- […]

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