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Blog Planning Technology2
Planners in both the public and private sectors will find their work is massively disrupted over the next few months and the impact has been acknowledged in a letter from the Chief Planner to all English Local authorities.
Blog Radical Regeneration Manifesto
Slow, overly-politicised and outdated are four words that neatly sum-up the UK’s petrified planning system. Mike Derbyshire, Head of Planning at Bidwells highlights some way the UK planning system can change in the future.
Blog Cambridge GB2
When the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was launched in 2019 the hopes of many landscape architects were dashed on discovering that neither Green Belt ‘openness’, or ‘valued’ landscape were further explained or defined.
Blog Jenrick2
MHCLG Minister Robert Jenrick announced yesterday [NH1] he is forcing South Oxfordshire District Council (DODC) to adopt its Local Plan by December 2020 - or face the consequences. Nigel Hawkey, Planning Partner in Bidwells’ Oxford office, looks at the implications.
Blog Housing Delivery Test2
The Housing Delivery Test (HDT) results for 2019 have been published by the Government with much excitement in the planning press and on social media. But what do they actually mean for development opportunities in our region? And perhaps more interestingly, what might they mean from November 2020 onwards, when the HDT should apply with full impact once the transitional arrangements easing its introduction will have fallen away?
Blog wtpd2
Every year, World Town Planning Day brings together planners and communities to celebrate how we shape our world and make it a place where we want to live, work and play together. Members of the Planning division are joining the celebrations this year as they celebrate its 70th year!
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Recent announcements are now shaping the agenda for the Oxford - Cambridge Arc following the Spring Statement in March and joint ambition declaration of government and local partners.
Blog MK2
A year after submission, last week Plan:MK was adopted as the strategic Local Plan document to shape growth of the borough to 2031. Planning Associate, Mark Harris gives his insight into what is next for Milton Keynes.
Blog Milton Keynes2
Plan:MK was adopted on the 20th March as the strategic Local Plan document to shape growth of the borough for a minimum of 26,500 homes, almost a year after submission. Planning Partner, Mike Jones explains the key areas of the plan.
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