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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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