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Brownfield

Brownfield review: Richmond | Plymouth | Leominster | Bristol

GLA opposes Richmond scheme on affordable housing numbers, while all homes will be affordable at a site in Plymouth, a nutrient neutrality hold-up is unblocked by credits from Herefordshire Council, Watkin Jones sees two-year negotiations for a PBSA scheme pay off and Goram Homes starts work on the biggest Bristol development site this decade

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Brownfield

Manifestos – brownfield and planning policies outlined

All three current main parties stress development on brownfield land and aim to build more affordable and social housing, but there is significant divergence on targets and land use

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Brownfield

Green space versus viability in Birmingham

Plans for the 42ha Smithfield site includes 3500 new homes, along with commercial space – but a new park is only 0.8ha falling short of the council's green space guidelines

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Brownfield

Election manifestos: analysis and reaction

A look at what eight property, construction organisations and companies are saying about the election manifestos

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EIA & Planning

Planning application numbers at rock bottom

Local authorities accepted 67,380 applications in the first three months of this year, compared to 75,173 last year, with the number of planning requests lodged down by a third over the past three years

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Brownfield

Serious action needed to overcome barriers to brownfield in Wales

A report looking at brownfield development in Wales recommends a national framework for monitoring and assessing brownfield site development and and setting clearer and more ambitious regeneration policies and targets

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Brownfield

Business: Harworth | Hull Council | Keepmoat | Galliard Apsley | Mabbett

Harworth sells 48 acres to Microsoft, while Hull City Council seeks a lead development partner for an urban village, Keepmoat invests £91m into regeneration scheme, Galliard Apsley acquires site from Get Living, Mabbett Associates acquires Crestwood Environmental, as Antea Group joins the Inogen Alliance

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EIA & Planning

John Lewis appeals over 428-home scheme

Ealing Council rejected JLP's application on the grounds of height and affordable home numbers, but the partnership wants to start on site next year and complete in 2029, in line with its revenue targets.

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Brownfield

Building bodies promote solutions to housing and planning crisis

Both the Home Builders Federation (HBF) and the National Federation of Builders (NFB) put forward changes to the planning system to release more housing but have different approaches

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Brownfield

Five areas receive Levelling Up Partnership funding

Funding ranges from improving access to community sports facilities, including affordable homes, regeneration of historic areas and buildings to purchase of business units and developing brownfield funding pots.

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EIA & Planning

Labour policy becomes clearer on planning and brownfield

In a spate of announcements over the last three weeks, Labour policy on housing, planning reform and brownfield development has become much clearer

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Brownfield

Devon CPRE calls for protection from solar panels

Devon CPRE said the Best and Most Versatile (BMV) definition excludes farmland and wants to see prime pasture given the same protection

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Brownfield

Hargreaves reports profits ahead of predictions

Growth has been driven by activities from the Earthmoving and Environmental operations within the Services business

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Remediation

Cinderhill raises question: what happened to Part 2a sites?

The decision by Amber Valley officers to back a development skirting a well known contaminated special site instead of fully remediating it, raises the question: what has actually happened to Part 2a sites?

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Brownfield

Business: Godwin | Heim | Be First | GMI Miller | Hill Dryburgh

Godwin acquires Bristol residential scheme, Heim invests in Leeds, Be First seeks funding and development partners for 1300 home scheme, GMI and Miller create joint venture, and ex Monagu Evans partners form new consultancy, Hill Dryburgh

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Brownfield

Brownfield review: Bow | Walsall | Brighton | Leeds

Network Rail Property releases masterplan for 30 acres at Bow Goods Yard, Henry Boots gets outline planning for big industrial and logistics space, St William gets knocked back on former Brighton gasworks site, while Keepmoat keeps progressing important Leeds brownfield.

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Natural capital

NAO says Defra launched BNG prematurely

It says there is a doubt whether local authorities, which manage many aspects of Statutory BNG including compliance and enforcement will be able to discharge these duties

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Brownfield

Brownfield review: Hampshire | Digbeth | Hounslow | Bilston | Halifax

East Hampshire District Council puts out brownfield call to residents, Dandara gets mixed-use permission in Digbeth, a 37-acre brownfield has come on to the market in Hounslow, Goold Estates gets clearance for 15 warehouse units in Digbeth and 3.3ha site in Halifax up for sale

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Brownfield

IJM and Network Rail Innova in 3.55m sq ft development deal

All the eight central and inner London sites will be above or adjacent to rail infrastructure encompassing a mix of housing – with up to 1600 new homes

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Brownfield

Business: Stoke-on-Trent | Homes England | Carmichael Homes | Warwickshire PIF

Stoke-on-Trent looks for long term development partner, Homes England give grant for community cohesion in Northstowe, Carmichael Homes gets £11.6m funding, and Warwickshire County Council’s Property Investment Fund has provided a £9.7m loan for two industrial parks in Coventry

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Brownfield

Reading adds to objectors on government brownfield plans

It says more stringent tests on housing delivery could have an unacceptable impact on living standards for residents, and on the character of the town.

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Brownfield

Asda moves into housing

The company is linking up with Barratt London, who will acquire the freehold and build a new 60,000 sq ft store on the existing site

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Remediation

Metal contamination in Wales laid bare

Estimates are that approximately 200,000 people live in a square kilometre of floodplain that is contaminated by historical mining - around 7% of Wales, and 1,600 kilometres of Welsh rivers are contaminated by historical metal mining.

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Brownfield

Government says brownfield is prioritised for solar

Energy Security Secretary Claire Coutinho said that with growing geopolitical tension, the best agricultural land must be protected for food security.

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Brownfield

Business: Kier | Thriving Investments | Tameside | Basildon

Government Property Agency picks Kier, as the Scottish National Investment Bank invests £20m for affordable homes, Tameside MBC wants a development partner for Stalybridge, while Basildon Council wants a construction firm for social housing

Brownfield

Government acts on slow build-out rates

Commencement development notices are for when construction begins and development progress reports are annual and show actual housing delivery

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Brownfield

Brownfield review: Manchester | Southwark | Chichester | Leeds

Challenge afoot against Manchester strategic plan, Hines gets permission for key Southwark brownfield, while BRiCS gets go-ahead in Chichester and BAM gets clearance in Leeds

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Brownfield

Brownfield planning app being developed

The app is capturing information, opinions, and local knowledge directly from residents and using methods to enable communities to co-design how urban redevelopment might best serve their neighbourhoods.

MIPIM AWARDS 2024 - WINNER - BEST URBAN REGENERATION PROJECT - BASSIN 7 - Architects: SLETH, BIG, GEHL - Developer: Anpartsselskabet Kilden & Mortensen, Bassin 7 Erhverv ApS and Bassin 7 Bolig ApS
Sustainable building

Development trends

Environment, Social & Governance (ESG), net zero and decarbonisation, Equality Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) were all key themes at Mipim 2024

EIA & Planning

Government plans for local development corporations

Local authorities would be given powers to approve the corporations’ plans for development of the urban regeneration area