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The Scottish Government recently announced its new rules for the development of agricultural buildings, bringing with it some very positive news for farmers.
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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.
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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.
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The pandemic has taken its toll on the Norfolk and Suffolk office market, driving a sharp downturn in take up, although the second half of 2020 showed an uptick in activity.
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While Milton Keynes saw a number of large requirements placed on hold at the start of the COVID-19 crisis, 2020 take up was in line with 2019 levels of activity.
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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.
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Bidwells' head of planning, Mike Derbyshire, explains how the spatial framework from MHCLG could provide a viable vision for the growth of the knowledge economy across the Arc.
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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.
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Following on from our first piece of research, Bidwells has undertaken a further piece of research to establish the extent to which attitudes towards our home during the lockdown period has translated into plans to move, or indeed stay put.
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