Partnership work to reduce flood risk

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Robert Purton

Advised by David Lock Associates, The Environment Agency, Birmingham City Council and Calthorpe Estates are working with the Rea Catchment Partnership to develop projects to reduce flood risk and improve the river environment.   The first of these has been the recent submission of a hybrid planning application for flood defence works and the creation of two development platforms on the former BBC Pebble Mill site.  Read more »

Viability Made Simple: how to deliver affordable homes in a changing environment

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Robert Purton

Delivering affordable homes in a changing environment

David Lock Associates is pleased to be sponsoring an RTPI East of England Conference taking place this week looking at ‘Viability made Simple’ – how to deliver affordable homes in a changing environment.

The national housing crisis and slow emergence of the construction industry after the global economic depression has radically changed the viability of many development sites. Increasing environmental, decontamination, Community Infrastructure Levy, Section 106, development finance and delivery costs all erode the viability of delivering sites.

This seminar has been prepared with leading practitioners from the public and private sector with a view to demystifying the ‘dark art’ of negotiating viability from both a planning policy and practical viewpoint.

For more information, click here

DLA help launch plans for new Waterway Park

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Simon Collier

DLA has been working closely with the B&MK Waterway Consortium to prepare a comprehensive vision for a Waterway Park connecting Milton Keynes with Bedford. The B&MK Waterway Consortium, which includes local authorities of Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes; SEMLEP (South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership); Canal and Rivers Trust (C&RT); Environment Agency, the Forest of Marston Vale and Milton Keynes Parks Trust to promote the strategy.

The 26 Km Waterway Park, which will connect the Grand Union Canal at Milton Keynes with the River Ouse at Bedford, is expected to boost tourism and economic growth in the region as well as helping improve flood prevention and waterway management. The Waterway will provide a green corridor linking communities and new developments in the area, many of which David Lock Associates have been involved with.

Speaking at the launch of the project, DLA Partner Simon Collier said: “Having been approached in 2015, DLA are delighted to have worked closely alongside the Consortium to prepare a comprehensive vision for a Waterway Park connecting Milton Keynes with Bedford.  It is an exciting, challenging and long term project which looks beyond boundaries, engaging a diverse group of committed stakeholders, to deliver a unique east-west link.”

To see more on the vision, click here.

New Towns Act 2017?

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David Lock

David Lock looks at how the New Towns Act could be refreshed in line with the Government’s intention ‘to support the delivery of new garden cities, towns and villages’

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

Permission granted for Green Belt site near Leighton Buzzard

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Duncan Chadwick

DLA has been successful in securing  full planning permission on behalf of Mr Peter Dean and Brickhill  Properties Limited for a 5270m2 (56,700 ft2) warehouse and office building on a 1.79 hectare site in the Green Belt just off the A505 between Stanbridge and Leighton Buzzard. The full planning permission has been granted after the completion of a s106 agreement.
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Green light for new distribution centre in Luton

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Robert Purton

A multi-million pound inward investment and 500 jobs are expected to be created after permission was granted for a new distribution centre to be built, north of the existing General Motors UK Ltd warehouse in Luton. Read more »

Housing standards research in Bradford

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Val Conway

David Lock Associates has been appointed to carry out a Housing standards research in Bradford for the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Read more »

Langley urban extension moves a step closer

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Heather Pugh

Creating a new district of a city through strategic land release presents both challenge and opportunity, but has moved a step closer today with the publication of the Inspector’s Report endorsing the release of the site from the Green Belt.

DLA was commissioned by Birmingham City Council during 2014 to provide advice on the masterplanning of an emerging urban extension at Sutton Coldfield, known as Langley, to the north east of the City.

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DLA grant awarded to local community group

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Peter Chambers

A DLA grant from the David Lock Associates Fund has been made by the Milton Keynes Community Foundation to the Wolverton Community Orchard Group.

The Orchard Group was set up to provide a free green space in a densely built up area. Read more »

Massive boost for development at RadioStation Rugby

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David Keene

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has announced plans to award RadioStation Rugby a £35.5 million loan.

The money, from the Large Site Infrastructure Fund (LSIF), will accelerate the delivery of the homes and commercial space on the brownfield site as well as funding an important new link road at the 1,200 acre urban extension. Read more »