Major Rochester regeneration scheme given planning permission

Leading property developer Countryside are currently working together with Hyde Group on one of the countries biggest and most exciting housing projects. Planning permission has now been approved for a £400m development in Rochester which will deliver up to 1,400 homes alongside a large commercial space at Rochester Riverside in Kent. And full planning permission […]

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Kent Medical Campus project given investment boost

Ahead of speaking at the Kent Development Plans Conference on the 29th January 2018 there has been some great news for the Kent Medical Campus project. The project is set to receive a £4m boost after a successful bid made to the Government’s National Productivity Investment Fund. The application, which was submitted by both the […]

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Oxford to Cambridge growth corridor could be a ‘missing link’

The Oxford to Cambridge growth corridor could be the ‘missing link’ in forging a new east-west transport spine across southern England, according to one of the initiative’s key architects. Alistair Gordon, director of the National Infrastructure Commission’s Cambridge-MK-Oxford study, told the Built Environment Networking conference that the exercise had implications beyond its geographical terms of […]

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Government warned over Surrey housing numbers

Surrey’s local authorities will be unable to meet the increased housing output being demanded by ministers, the county council’s cabinet property supremo has told a Built Environment Networking conference. The government recently announced that it is planning to change the way it calculates how many new homes councils need to plan for in their local […]

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‘Heart of Slough’ regeneration set to take big step forward

A council backed joint venture is due to unveil proposals for one of the south east of England’s biggest regeneration projects, a Built Environment Networking event has heard. Andy Howell. general manager of the JV, told BEN’s Thames Valley Major Development Plans event earlier this month, that the 10-acre site for the ‘Heart of Slough’ […]

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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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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 […]

Posted by: Keith Griffiths

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Reading’s success fuels development demand

Reading’s economic success in recent years is fuelling strong demand for development across all sectors, according to the town’s borough council. Councillor Tony Page, deputy leader of Reading Borough Council, told a Built Environment Networking Event on ‘Reading General Development Plans 2014’ at Reading’s Town Hall, that development investment was sorely needed. “There are major […]

Posted by: Adil Kotia

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Thames Valley universities reveal development plans

Universities are planning major development pushes to attract students in an increasingly competitive market, according to the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University and Buckinghamshire New University. The universities were speaking about their development pipelines and strategies at the Built Environment Networking event on Thames Valley Universities Investment Plans 2014, held in Oxford Town Hall. […]

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Wise up: Universities want more from their estates

Construction firms must adapt to universities’ ever-increasing demands from their estates, according to Sue Holmes, chair elect of the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE). Holmes presented an overview of the higher education development market at the Built Environment Networking event on Thames Valley Universities Investment Plans 2014, held in Oxford Town Hall. Holmes, […]

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