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The latest UK planning & construction news, including development, management, housing, retail & town centres, development plans, market information and contributions from key authors such as Karen Alford, Peter Capelhorne and Peter Hansford.

Planning for SuDs

Planning for sustainable drainage systems

Sam Ibbott, Deputy Public Affairs Director at Environmental Industries Commission examines the latest government consultation on SuDs and the new approach of delivering it through the planning system The photo-op, when staged, can be a politicians dream. If you follow politics, particularly at a local level, they can often be...
Meeting recycling and recovery challenges

Meeting recycling and recovery challenges

NFDC CEO Howard Button, argues for the entire construction supply chain to think much more deeply about the life cycle of buildings and materials if we are to meet our recycling and recovery challenges The phrase “circular economy” has become a buzzword in the built environment sector, but CEO Howard...
Glasgow

Glasgow hospital handed over to NHS

The largest hospital in Scotland has been handed over to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Building contractors Brookfield Multiplex have officially handed over South Glasgow University Hospital campus to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The hospital, which cost more than £800m to build, will have over 1,300 beds and is expected...
Public land for public good

Public land for public good

The time is ripe to reconsider how we use the substantial portfolios of public land, buildings and other assets held by central and local government believes Jack Airey, Researcher at Localis Our conceptions of the state – what it does, who it serves and how – form the basis of...
Understanding innovation in our cities

Understanding innovation in our cities

Damian Walne, Director of socio-economics at Lancaster University’s Work Foundation details how their Cities 2020 programme looked at some of the challenges of understanding innovation in cities Cities” and “Innovation” – two words buzzing together in current policy debate. In recent months, we have heard the Chancellor of the Exchequer talking...
Planning granted for 614 flats in Salford

Planning granted for 614 flats in Salford

Planning permission has been given for a five-block site at Clippers Quay in Salford to be redeveloped into 614 flats... Amstone Developments has gained planning permission for 614 new apartments. The Altrincham-based firm will build the units in a five-block development, located at Clippers Quay in Salford, Manchester. Last summer, Amstone...
Plans for 650 homes in Tunbridge Wells submitted

Plans for 650 homes in Tunbridge Wells submitted

A planning application for a development comprising of 650 homes in Tunbridge Wells has been submitted to the council A new scheme to bring 650 new homes to Tunbridge Wells has moved a step closer after one of the developers Hillreed Homes submitted a planning application to the local council. The...
The Disintegration of the Housing Debate

The Disintegration of the Housing Debate

In addressing the urgent need for more housing, Professor of Environment and Spatial Planning, Alister Scott believes that key participants in the housing question need to embrace the economic, social and environmental drivers of development in a more joined-up discussion As we move inexorably towards the general election in 2015,...
£40m Cambridge University town deal awarded

£40m Cambridge University town deal awarded

House builders Countryside and Hill have been awarded a new contract for 400 market homes on the North West Cambridge Development The £40m deal will see 400 market homes built on behalf of the University of Cambridge. These homes and 700 university key worker homes that are in the first...
Taylor Wimpey reports house prices are slowing

Taylor Wimpey reports house prices are slowing

UK house building firm Taylor Wimpey has said house prices are growing more slowly and that the boom which made property unaffordable is now ebbing... The Nationwide building society recorded an 8.3 per cent rise in the average UK house price in 2014. However, forecasts of higher interest rates, coupled...
Aberdeen redevelopment will “alarm” the public

Aberdeen redevelopment will “alarm” the public

A campaigner has claimed that new plans for the Marischal Square development in Aberdeen centre will cause the public significant concern 3D images of plans for Aberdeen centre will alarm the public, according to a local community councillor. The structure, which will consist of a hotel, an office, and a retail...
A proposal to build over 100 new homes in Oxfordshire has been blocked again after a planning inspector agreed with the council's original decision to deny permission...

Council’s decision to block 117 homes upheld

A proposal to build over 100 new homes in Oxfordshire has been blocked again after a planning inspector agreed with the council's original decision to deny permission Plans to build 117 new homes in Banbury will not go ahead after a planning inspector agreed with the district council's decision to...
Balfour signs £32m Liverpool Baltic Triangle scheme

Balfour will deliver £32m residential scheme

A £32m contract to build a three-tower residential development in Liverpool city centre has been signed by Balfour Beatty Construction company Balfour Beatty will deliver 342 apartments across the three towers, which will stand at 12, 10, and 8 storeys. The Baltic Triangle scheme, which is being carried out on behalf...
Agreement reached for £28m Southampton student halls

Agreement reached for £28m student halls

Bouygues Development has signed an agreement to deliver a £28m student accommodation project in Southampton Knightsbridge Student Housing has signed an agreement with Bouygues Development to deliver a £28m scheme to build student accommodation in Southampton. Bouyues UK has been appointed to carry out the project. The terms of the agreement mean Knightsbridge...

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