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.
This weekend, when we least expected it, the Government released their latest planning reform. The latest consultation is a real ‘beauty’ and adds some exciting content to the Building Better, Building Beautiful commissions’ ‘Living with Beauty’ report.
The Housing Delivery Test (HDT) results for 2020 have now been published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). Senior Planner, Suzi Green gives her commentary on the results and what this means for development opportunities in our region.
What impact does the Brexit trade agreement have on agriculture?
As the 12-month transition period for Brexit passed on 31 December, and the UK managed to avoid a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario, what does a new trade agreement look like for the farming business? Ian Ashbridge, Partner in Agriculture and Environment explains what impact the new deal has on the agriculture industry.
The Arc is home to world-leading Science & Tech companies. But how can we ensure they attract the best talent, from top universities, to enable this sector to flourish? And can we provide the development and infrastructure needed to retain them?
Certificates of Immunity - a different kind of immunity
Lockdown has led us to look more closely at our local environment and in April and May, we were all rather more bound to making our way on foot or bicycle. Chris Surfleet, Head of Heritage, explains what this rare attention to our surroundings means for the heritage world , particularly relating to two normally exceptional areas of planning: spotlisting and its nemesis, Certificates of Immunity (COI).
A path to sustainable farming? The Agricultural Transition Plan 2021-24
The biggest surprises in the Government’s Path to Sustainable Farming were the scale and speed of cuts to the Basic Payment Scheme, or Direct Payments as they are commonly referred to in the Agricultural Transition Plan (ATP). Ian Ashbridge, Agriculture and Environment Partner at Bidwells, shares his insight on what these cuts mean for farming businesses and sustainability.