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New Planning-for-Sport Guidance released

A new guide on how the planning system can help provide opportunities for everyone to be physically active has been…


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Chipping away the Green Belt

Since 2011, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government have published annual statistics of the Green…


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Looking to the future for Hinckley Town Centre

A public consultation on the future of Hinckley town centre's public spaces has been launched this weekend (21/06/19).…


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Hydrogen fuel cells for cars -a better path to follow?

David Lock suggests that the increasingly familiar charging infrastructure for electric vehicles may quickly become…


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Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission – Call for Evidence?

I read the recent announcements that the Commission for BBBB have decided to start their activities with a 'call for…


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David Lock Associates announces Promotions

David Lock Associates has announced a number of Planning promotions.


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Resolution to Grant Consent for 6,500 New Homes at Waterbeach

South Cambridgeshire District Council yesterday resolved to grant planning permission for a new settlement at…


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Drone License opens up new capabilities at DLA

DLA is excited to be able to offer an additional service to our clients following the success of our Systems Designer…


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Pippedy pippedy PIP

I recently took part in a panel discussion with Planning Futures[1] on the topic of planning for SME builders. Since…


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Success for young Urban Designer at DLA

Congratulations to DLA's Assistant Urban Designer and Planner Helen Hepher who has recently been awarded a Fred Roche…


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Driverless Vehicles

David Lock looks at whether driverless vehicles will solve our transport problems.


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Green light for Garden Neighbourhood plan in Suffolk

A master plan prepared by DLA for a new garden neighbourhood adjoining Beccles and Worlingham in East Suffolk has been…


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CHLOE shortlisted for Planning Awards 2019

DLA's masterplanning tool CHLOE has been shortlisted in the 2019 Planning Awards for 'Use of New Technology in…


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Success at National Urban Design Awards

DLA’s Owen Reading has won the award in the student category at this year’s National Urban Design Awards.


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Double win for DLA at Business Achievement Awards

DLA are delighted to have received recognition at this year's Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards in two…


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DLA Partner presents at Oxford to Cambridge Arc debate

Partner Heather Pugh appeared as part of a panel to discuss the Oxford to Cambridge Arc at a MOLA (Museum of London…


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Spirit of new towns reflected in new gallery opening in Milton Keynes

David Lock Associates are delighted as corporate sponsors of MK Gallery that it is reopening its doors to the public on…


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Fleecehold – creeping forward on stewardship

David Lock on stewardship arrangements for public green space and a House of Commons debate on freehold estate fees.


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Building Better, Building Beautiful?

With “beauty” back on the agenda, will design quality be the lynchpin that makes new housing popular? asks Katie…


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Special birthday greetings to Wyndham Thomas CBE

Click here to read David Lock's article for the TCPA on Wyndham Thomas CBE.


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Bid to build extra care housing

David Lock Associates appeared at a Section 78 appeal hearing last week.


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Construction underway on new urban extension to St Neots

Building work has started on a 2,800-home urban extension to St Neots.


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Stewardship of SuDS

The issue of stewardship - of public assets of all kinds - must be fully addressed, says David Lock.


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Digital Fields of Brown

Brownfield land registers were introduced in 2017 as a way of providing up-to-date and consistent information on…


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DLA Planning Appeal Success in Aylesbury Vale

DLA has won an appeal and had permission granted, on behalf of a private landowner, to build 10 dwellings in the…


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Local Development Orders and Enterprise Zones

Enterprise zones were reintroduced in 2011, and a requirement upon acceptance of Enterprise Zone (EZ) status was that…


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DLA achieves Outline approval for new homes at Macclesfield

Cheshire East Council has approved an Outline application DLA submitted on behalf of Bovis Homes for up to 330 homes to…


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Green light for Eastern Gateway enterprise park

DLA has received outline planning permission on behalf of Ipswich Borough Council, for 100,000 sq m of employment and…


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Fact-finding in Myanmar

Stephen Haines, Urban Design Partner at DLA, is currently engaged in an exciting fact-finding project in Yangon,…


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Lessons in Early Infrastructure Delivery at Houlton

Two major milestones in the delivery of infrastructure at Houlton, Rugby have recently been reached, highlighting Urban…


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DLA planner wins award

DLA's Assistant Planner Emma Woodhouse has been awarded the RTPI North East Student Award for a group project titled…


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Planning 2020

The final report on the Raynsford Review of Planning was launched in the House of Lords today (20th November).


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Buzzing Bees at DLA

In June earlier this year, DLA welcomed 20,000 worker bees and a queen to a new beehive in our garden.


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Government responds to the NIC Recommendations for the O2C Arc

Somewhat under the radar, the government published its response to the NIC’s Partnering for Prosperity in the…


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New appointments at DLA

We are pleased to welcome back Andrew Williamson who joins us as a Senior Associate to take up the position of Creative…


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Milton Keynes Community Foundation Vital Signs 2018

“By most measures, Milton Keynes is a highly successful place: growing population, strong average earnings, high Gross…


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Become part of a leading creative Spatial Planning Practice

DLA will be at Cardiff University and the University of Birmingham Careers Fairs this week looking to recruit graduate…


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

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


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Chinese delegates return to MK

DLA recently welcomed back delegates from Hangzhou in China for a study tour of Milton Keynes.The senior urban…


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On stewardship

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


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

In the planning tug-of-war of unattainable housing need and design quality, higher density development should be…


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How long does it take to adopt a local plan?

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government track progress of local plans for local planning authorities…


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Groundbreaking – work starts at Ansty

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government track progress of local plans for local planning authorities…


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DLA commissioned for strategic development in Braintree

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government track progress of local plans for local planning authorities…


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DLA to present at National Infrastructure Forum 2018

Following her popular 2017 presentation, DLA’s Heather Pugh will again be presenting at this year’s National…


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Marston Valley

DLA is pleased to be leading the consultant team who submitted an Outline planning application for a series of villages…


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New graduates join DLA

David Lock Associates welcomes four new graduates this summer.


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

On the 21st June, prominent business and public-sector leaders will come together in Milton Keynes for the Oxford…


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Central Primary Street gets approval at Rugby

David Lock Associates has secured reserved matters approval for the Central Primary Street at the Radio Station Rugby…


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Promotions at David Lock Associates

David Lock Associates has announced a number of promotions.


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Plans submitted for Historic Hayle Harbour

Plans for a mixed-use scheme to regenerate Hayle Harbour have been submitted to Cornwall Council by David Lock…


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“Planning 2020”

The interim report on the Raynsford Review of Planning was released in the House of Lords on Tuesday, 15th May.


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Endorsement for major employment facility in the Midlands

Rugby Borough Council has resolved to grant planning permission for a 46,000 m² manufacturing facility at Prospero…


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High Density

David Lock on questions surrounding the issue of high development densities.


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Wintringham: Resolution to Grant for 2,800 homes in St Neots

Huntingdonshire District Council has resolved to grant planning permission for a new urban extension at St Neots in…


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DLA secures timely approval in Northampton

DLA has obtained Reserved Matters approval for a large, first phase of a 1,000-home southerly extension to Northampton…


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