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 »

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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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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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 »

Marston Valley

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Heather Pugh

DLA is pleased to be leading the consultant team who submitted an Outline planning application for a series of villages in the Marston Vale to Central Bedfordshire Council this month. Read more »

New graduates join DLA

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Joanne Cave

David Lock Associates welcomes four new graduates this summer. Victoria Owen joins from Sheffield University and Emma Woodhouse from Newcastle University. Helen Hepher arrives from UCL, whilst Matthew Hewitt graduated from Cardiff University. All join the company’s graduate programme, which will see them engaged on a variety of projects for public and private sector clients as they work towards securing their APC. Read more »

David Lock Associates sponsor Housing Session at the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference

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Julia Foster

On the 21st June, prominent business and public-sector leaders will come together in Milton Keynes for the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth – the region’s largest business conference of the year – which is supported by the National Infrastructure Commission, England’s Economic Heartland and regional and local authorities. David Lock Associates has been announced as the Housing Sessions Partner for the event.  Read more »

Central Primary Street gets approval at Rugby

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Greg Pearce

David Lock Associates has secured reserved matters approval for the Central Primary Street at the Radio Station Rugby site. This critical piece of infrastructure now enables a continuous route through the site to be constructed, which will allow direct access to the key employment area at DIRFT and Rugby town centre. Read more »