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Council Plan Mass Transit System Unlocking Major Development Projects

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is planning a mass transit system along the A30 as they look to utilise infrastructure to unlock multiple development projects near Junction 7 of the M3. The Council is planning to draw up a “proactive strategic vision” that will focus heavily on infrastructure needs to ensure the major development ambitions […]

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Northern Powerhouse Rail Is Vital To The North’s Continued Recovery

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) is more important than ever as the North seeks to regrow its economy following the coronavirus pandemic – that was the message at Built Environment Networking’s Sheffield City Region Development Conference. NPR’s ambitious rail upgrades programme will feature electrifications, new lines and improve capacity and connectivity across the North.

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Heritage & Regeneration – Balancing Renewal with Sense of Place

Latest announcements from Government describing the reform of the planning system in England, designed to boost the provision of housing, will come into force in the Autumn of this year. AB Heritage looks at some of the issues that developers and other stakeholders should consider when factoring in heritage works as part of urban regeneration […]

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Homes Proposed on Ministry of Defence Site

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation is moving forward with plans to develop 135 new homes on a site currently utilised by the MOD. The site, at Sutton Coldfield, comes after permission was given last year for a new 3-storey office building at Whittington Barracks which will become the Defence Infrastructure Organisation’s new HQ. They’ll vacate their […]

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Exclusive Q&A – Unlocking Opportunities & Strategic Land Promotion

There are a new of challenges developers face when looking to unlock land for development – and CLS Risk Solutions recently gathered some of the leading names in the industry to discuss how we can overcome these challenges through great planning, innovative solutions and collaboration. One of those experts was David Morris, Planning and Operations […]

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Social Value Must Be At The Heart of Post Covid Planning

In a world which has been left reeling from the pandemic, the Prime Minister’s view that Britain should “build, build, build” means construction is a key driver to kickstart the economy. But to ensure that UK communities genuinely benefit, social value should be at the centre of post covid planning, says Simon Toplass, CEO of […]

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Government Backed Thames Estuary Launches Plan To Drive Economic Growth

Thames Estuary has potential to create 1.5m jobs and £115bn GVA to UK economy Dedicated Growth Board, led by Government-appointed Envoy Kate Willard, plans to deliver greenest, most productive Estuary in the world Action Plan, ‘The Green Blue’, sets out vision for driving sustainable, economic growth; regenerating infrastructure; and improving transport and connectivity Major conference […]

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Planning Experts Reveal How to Reduce Your Risk of Refusal

Ever since the Town and County Planning Act of 1947, development has been conditional on approval from planning authorities. It can be a long process to achieve planning permission, and planning considerations have broadened and are always subject to change. Planning refusal is therefore a risk that anyone undertaking development faces, but one that can […]

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