Milton Keynes Community Foundation Vital Signs 2018

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Lawrence Revill

“By most measures, Milton Keynes is a highly successful place: growing population, strong average earnings, high Gross Value Added, lots of new businesses, more jobs than workers, etc, etc.  So it is somewhat ironic that, in the same week that Teresa May announces “The End of Austerity”, Milton Keynes Community Foundation released its annual Vital Signs Report that takes the pulse of our community (http://www.mkcommunityfoundation.co.uk/about/vital-signs-2018/). Read more »

Become part of a leading creative Spatial Planning Practice

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Greg Pearce

DLA will be at Cardiff University and the University of Birmingham Careers Fairs this week looking to recruit graduate planners and urban designers.  

For more information, click here.

Over 5,000 new homes approved for new community in Peterborough

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Heather Pugh

Outline planning consent has been granted for 5,350 new homes at Great Haddon in Peterborough.

Great Haddon was allocated as a sustainable urban extension to Peterborough following its identification as one of several sub-regional growth opportunities in the mid 2000s.   The subsequent submission, by O&H Properties, of a development concept for the new community prepared by DLA, formed the basis for promoting the area to the City Council for inclusion in the Local Development Framework.

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Chinese delegates return to MK

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Will Cousins

DLA recently welcomed back delegates from Hangzhou in China for a study tour of Milton Keynes. Read more »

Chinese delegates, Milton Keynes

On stewardship

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David Lock

David Lock on the importance of long-term stewardship of community assets within the Garden City model.

Please click here to read the latest Off the Fence article for the TCPA Journal by David Lock. 

High Densities – the NPPF’s solution to the housing crisis?

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Katie Christou

In the planning tug-of-war of unattainable housing need and design quality, higher density development should be encouraged, with caution.

The revised NPPF encourages higher densities in areas of high housing demand. On the face of it, the reinforcement of good design in achieving sustainable development is to be applauded. The detail of the NPPF focuses on delivering housing numbers, with much reliance placed on local policies and assessments to identify a suitable mix of house types and sizes.

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Clock House Gardens, Welwyn

How long does it take to adopt a local plan?

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Robert Hayward

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government track progress of local plans for local planning authorities in England. DLA’s analysis of this data has found that local plans:

  • Take an average of 19 months to adopt from the point of final publication, with the slowest being 45 months and the fastest being 7 months.
  • Take longer to adopt now than they did prior to the introduction of the NPPF in 2012.

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Local plan thumb

Groundbreaking – work starts at Ansty

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David Keene

Development work has begun on a multi-million-pound manufacturing site at Prospero Ansty near Coventry.

David Lock Associates submitted a detailed planning application on behalf of Manse Opus (Ansty) LLP & Rolls-Royce Plc, to provide a new UK manufacturing base for International aerospace and defence engineering group Meggitt Plc, in December 2017. Read more »

DLA commissioned for strategic development in Braintree

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Greg Pearce

David Lock Associates (DLA) has been appointed by the Unex Group as planning consultant and masterplanner for the redevelopment of the Towerlands Park site, a former equestrian centre to the north-west of Braintree, for up to 700 homes in Braintree district, including local retail facilities, early years and childcare nursery, and public open space for formal and informal recreation. Read more »

DLA to present at National Infrastructure Forum 2018

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Joanne Cave

Following her popular 2017 presentation, DLA’s Heather Pugh will again be presenting at this year’s National Infrastructure Forum, on Infrastructure and Planning, taking place at the Public Sector Show 2018.  Read more »