Committee votes in favour of Canterbury Urban Extension

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Joanne Cave

Canterbury City Council’s Planning Committee has voted overwhelmingly in support of Canterbury Urban Extension, a hybrid planning application for a 4000 dwelling urban extension known as Mountfield Park to the south of the city. The proposals, brought forward by Kent based developer Corinthian (Mountfield) Ltd. also make provision for 70,000 square metres of B1 floor space, two primary schools, over 80 hectares of public green space and woodland planting, new health and community services and local shops. Read more »

DLA win appeal in Oxfordshire

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Duncan Chadwick

David Lock Associates (DLA) has had success on appeal in overturning a decision by Cherwell District Council to refuse reserved matters approval for three dwellings on a site at Stratton Audley, near Bicester, Oxfordshire.

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Town centre regeneration plans announced in Doncaster

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Andrew Fisher

Detailed visionary plans to revamp Doncaster town centre have been unveiled with the launch of the Doncaster Urban Centre Masterplan.

Business leaders from Doncaster and across the region came together last week (24/11/2016) to hear about the transformational plans.

Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones, said: “I am delighted to be able to launch the Doncaster Urban Centre Masterplan. A thriving centre is key to the success of any place but this does not just happen. There needs to be a comprehensive plan which is achievable and will make a real difference. That is what we have developed for Doncaster!

“We have been working very closely with David Lock Associates and partners to outline how the town centre needs to develop to ensure its future prosperity. The final document, which will be fully released in early 2017 will not only shape the planning and design of the town centre, but mark our intention for change.  Read more »

DLA to prepare future vision for Bury St Edmunds

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Matthew Lappin

David Lock Associates and Peter Brett Associates have been appointed by a Working Group to produce a masterplan for Bury St Edmunds town centre.

The Bury St Edmunds Town Centre Working Group, includes representatives of Our Bury St Edmunds Business Improvement District, the Bury Chamber of Commerce, Bury Market Liaison Group, the Bury Society, the Bury Town Trust, Bury Town Council, St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Suffolk County Council.

The first stage of work will see an issues and options report prepared, to highlight what the challenges are both now and for the future of the town, plus how some of these might be addressed. That will go out to public consultation in the spring before forming a more detailed vision for the town centre which will go out to consultation in the summer. Read more »

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 »