Planning consultancy Pegasus Group has acquired Armstrong Burton Group, an architectural and engineering practice based in Sutton Coldfield.
The High Court has upheld the former housing secretary's refusal - against an inspector's recommendation - for a 32-storey mixed-use tower in west London, ruling that the minister was entitled to reach a different conclusion from the inspector in assessing the scheme's harm to nearby heritage assets, including Kew Gardens.
Councillors in Salford have approved plans for 1,521 homes and 3,975 square metres of commercial space in a cluster of three skyscrapers in the city's Greengate area, despite the proposed development containing no affordable housing.
Councils should use 3D modelling to inform tall buildings policies, says revised Historic England advice
Local authorities should use 3D modelling to identify suitable sites for tall buildings when preparing local plans, while applicants should also use such technology to assess the impacts of their proposals, according to new draft advice from Historic England.
Croydon Council has approved plans for what is thought to be one of the world's tallest modular buildings, a 49-storey 930-unit co-living tower, after the applicant amended the scheme in response to Greater London Authority (GLA) concerns about the "quality of accommodation".
The government will be responding to the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission report 'later this year' and will be looking to enact 'almost all' of its recommendations, housing secretary Robert Jenrick said yesterday.
Is it time to knock down all our old houses? Our old buildings are leaky, expensive to heat and destroying the planet. We can build new homes that are close to zero carbon to run and cost next to nothing to heat.
The yacht lurches, the mooring lines groan, the halyards slap noisily against the mast, rain lashes the pontoon. I write this from the cabin of a yacht on the south coast, storm bound as the last knockings of Hurricane Lorenzo pass through.
We aren't short of guidance on what makes a good place so it's intriguing to see Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) commissioning consultancy Tibbalds to write a 'visual design guide' to form part of the Planning Practice Guidance supporting the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
Last month I went to the inaugural Colin Amery Memorial Lecture. It was delivered by Sir Roger Scruton, the new chair - for now - of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission (BBBBC).
It may not be new but it's encouraging to see developer British Land, in its recent publication A Design for Life, throwing its weight behind the case for placemaking and design quality to improve health and wellbeing. Its assessment of the financial benefits to the state makes a compelling case.
The government has been doing some tinkering with the planning practice guidance (PPG) for custom build housing over the summer.
- Senior Specialist – Local Plan (Principal Policy Planner) Maldon District Council Maldon, Essex
- Project Officer - Planning Exeter City Council Exeter, Devon
- Senior Planning Officers North Lincolnshire Council North Lincolnshire
- Planner- Principal Planner (Career Grade) London Borough of Bexley Bexley (City/Town), London (Greater)
- Senior Policy Planners Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Cambridgeshire
- Principal Policy Planner (Project Manager) Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Cambridgeshire
- Assistant Planner - Solar Development Low Carbon Gloucester, Gloucestershire
- Forward Planning and Economic Growth Team Manager Mansfield and Ashfield Shared Service Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottingham
- Planning Officer Falkland Islands Government Falkland Islands (FK)
- Senior Planning Policy Officers X 2 Royal Borough of Kingston Kingston Upon Thames (City/Town), London (Greater)
Among the radical proposals to reshape the planning system from an influential think tank, a recommendation to remove councillors from making decisions is unlikely to gain much traction with ministers, say observers.
Practitioners have cautiously welcomed a government-backed proposal to introduce fast-track planning approvals for well-designed developments, but have warned of a number of potential obstacles before it can be effectively implemented, including a lack of local authority skills.
How planning guidance on design has changed and what it, and the new National Design Guide, means for you. By Mark Wilding.
New guidance on design and a national design guide should put councils in a better position to resist poor-quality proposals, say observers, but they warn it may place new burdens on already-stretched planning teams.