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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 […]

Posted by: Keith Griffiths

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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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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 […]

Posted by: Keith Griffiths

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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 […]

Posted by: Nathan Spencer

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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 […]

Posted by: Adil Kotia

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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- […]

Posted by: Adil Kotia

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Historic University faces major revamp to meet needs of today’s students

Glasgow University’s historic main campus must be significantly revamped in order to meet the educational needs of today, its director of estates has warned. Ann Allen outlined her organisation’s development plans in the closing keynote presentation at the Glasgow University Investment Plans event organised by Built Environment Networking. She said more than half of the […]

Posted by: Adil Kotia

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