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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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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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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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