As we struggle towards what we hope will be the final stages for the UK of this terrible global pandemic, a growing commitment towards climate change reversal and managing natural capital and biodiversity is ramping up in a way which has made the last five years look like a warm up.
The government is consulting on revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which was last updated in 2019, to include guidance on the altering or removal of statues, plaques and memorials. Eleanor Grace, Principal Heritage Consultant, explains what the process could look like, if the revisions are accepted following the end of the consultation period on 27 March 2021.
Despite the second lockdown in 2020, the Central London office market experienced a strong rebound in investor interest. £4.3bn of office assets changed hands in Q4 alone, with overseas investors dominating activity.
Given the extent to which the Oxford’s science, medical and technology sectors have stepped up during the pandemic, it is perhaps unsurprising that the office and laboratory markets have fought to keep pace. The pressure of demand has continued to drive rental growth during the crisis and prime rents have increased 41% over the last three years.
Following Government release of the draft National Model Design Code (NMDC), a consultation is currently underway with the deadline for responses to be submitted by 11.45pm on 27 March. Fiona Williams, Principal in the Heritage and Design team, outlines the proposed requirements set out in the Design Code in our latest Planning blog.