Further development for strategic eastern MK expansion area gets approval

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Robert Purton

Conditional planning permission has been granted for Phase 1 of Brooklands Square in Milton Keynes.

David Lock Associates, on behalf of Places for People, submitted the application in January earlier this year for a new Sainsbury’s store, associated car parking and 21 new apartments. Read more »

DLA win go-ahead for new apartments in Milton Keynes

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Duncan Chadwick

David Lock Associates has been successful in securing full permission for 24 residential apartments on appeal for Abbeygate Developments Limited, the Milton-Keynes based commercial and mixed use property company. The proposal on a site at North Second Street, Milton Keynes was recommended for approval by planners at Milton Keynes Council but was refused by the Planning Committee in January 2016 prompting the appeal, which was dealt with via written representations. Read more »

DLA secure approval for warehouses in Dagenham

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Robert Purton

On behalf of Baytree, a wholly owned subsidiary of AXA Real Estate Investment Managers, David Lock Associates has secured reserved matters to construct six warehouses on brownfield land formerly controlled by Sanofi in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.  Read more »

Garden Villages – the process lacuna in planning a site

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David Lock

David Lock on joining up the dots on large-scale land allocations for new communities,garden villages and good place-making in Local Plans.

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

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Active Design presentation at Planning Healthy Communities Conference, London

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Keith Brown

David Lock Associates continued the programme of sharing Active Design guidance with a presentation at “Planning Healthy Communities”, a Westminster Briefing Conference, held this week (18th October), in central London.

Keith Brown, Associate Urban Designer at DLA, presented alongside Sport England to share the Active Design guidance with a diverse audience of delegates from planning, development and health sectors. Active Design, prepared by DLA with Sport England and supported by Public Health England, is an innovative set of planning and urban design guidelines to get more people moving through the design and layout of places. Following publication in October 2015 Active Design was shortlisted for the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2016.

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How do we create movement for all?

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Richard Latcham

Stark choices: we must combine mobility, climate change and urbanism

Looking forward in time, we can be sure of one thing, we have to adapt our transport systems for climate change. Can you imagine a road or perhaps a motorway network with 10% of it flooded during the winter?  What about London’s Underground closed because it’s too hot to use in the summer? Leaves on the railway line?  What about buckling rails and the failing signal systems?  And let’s not think about all those melting tarmac roads.

We have to adapt to meet the problems coming our way and we must change our behaviour to mitigate the effects for future generations.  In short, we need a different approach to transport planning, and this approach must combine mobility, climate change and urbanism. Read more »

Beyond the numbers: How do we create prosperity and wellbeing for all?

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Robert Purton

Are logistics parks becoming the new high street?

In our major towns and cities, the historic plethora of independent stores with kind and considerate service that was enjoyed by previous generations have largely made way for national and international stores.  The levels of customer care provided by these stores is different and with technology we are voting with our phones, computers and tablets.  Even John Lewis, at the summit of service and price is feeling the cold winds of the change in customer purchasing. They are cutting back their rate of new stores being opened and have recently opened a £150-million-pound national logistics centre in Milton Keynes. Read more »

Beyond the numbers: How do we create certainty for all?

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Naomi Williamson

Will reducing pre-commencement conditions actually speed up delivery?

The reduction in and simplification of planning conditions has been a constant theme in reform of the planning system for a number of years in England. From the introduction of the principle of deemed discharge[1] in 2015, which allows applicants in some circumstances to write to a planning authority deeming that a condition has been discharged if not already done so within the statutory timeframe, to the Government’s current consultation on ‘Improving the use of planning conditions’,[2] it seems this issue is here to stay. Read more »

Smart Cities – more about the technology than the challenges?

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Duncan Chadwick

Smart cities? What are they? Worryingly only two in ten people in the UK had even heard of a ‘smart city’ according to a national survey carried by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)[1] in 2015. There are various definitions but the British Standards Institute (BSI)[2] defines a smart city as one where there is ‘effective integration of physical, digital and human systems in the built environment to deliver a sustainable, prosperous and inclusive future for its citizens’. This is a very ambitious target so how successful have they been? Have they just been an opportunity for some of the world’s largest companies to sell their products, software and new technologies to city leaders? The smartness of a city is surely not about technology as such, but more about how well the technology is used in an integrated way to help the city function more effectively. Read more »

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Beyond the numbers: How do we create place and identity for all?

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Joe Carr

Will Brexit have a dramatic impact on the economic potential and vibrancy of our cities?

With the UK voting to leave the EU, it is no secret that there are planned changes in how immigration is managed across the country. A key element of the campaign to leave the EU was to gain full control of our borders, with a view of allowing less EU immigration. However, with predictably less Europeans allowed to work in our cities without applying to do so, will this impact both the economic potential and the vibrancy of our cities?

In the short term, the impacts may be small, as EU migrants currently in the country are unlikely to be deported[1]. However, over a significant number of years, the impacts could be keenly felt. As non-UK nationals leave the UK, and UK nationals have less opportunity to live abroad, this is likely to result in a significant reduction of cultural and ethnic diversity caused by reduced free movement of people. Read more »