September 23, 2017

£2.3 billion investment in infrastructure for new housing


A £2.3 billion fund which could unlock 100,000 new homes in areas of high demand has been launched by the Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid. Speaking in Birmingham at the LGA Conference, the Communities Secretary said that the investment will help to fund vital physical infrastructure projects like the building of roads, bridges, energy networks and other utilities, the absence of which continues to hold housebuilding back. The new investment through the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) aims to solve this problem and today opens for bids for local authorities across England to come forward with proposals to help get homes built faster. Funding will also…

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LUC begins work on an integrated Green Infrastructure and Landscape Sensitivity study for Leicestershire


LUC has begun work on an integrated Green Infrastructure and Landscape Sensitivity study for Leicestershire. Local authorities are in the process of preparing a non-statutory Strategic Growth Plan (SGP) for Leicester & Leicestershire. This will identify longer term proposals for housing and economic growth and will inform the preparation of local authorities’ Local Plans. The landscape and visual sensitivity study and the closely linked GI study will help ensure that, through clear evidence, locations identified for economic and housing development are delivered in a way that conserves and enhances landscape, biodiversity and green infrastructure. LUC’s Landscape Planning & Management and…

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Buzon UK launch brand new website

Buzon UK

Buzon UK, manufacturers of adjustable pedestals to be used on terraces, have launched a new website with the following announcement: “After several years we thought it was finally time to retire the old Buzon UK website and replace it with a slicker, more advanced responsive website. “Our goal with this new website is to provide our visitors an easier way to learn about Buzon’s products, services and construction solutions. Our current and prospective clients will be able to access the Resource Centre, which provides valuable technical data and information as well as direct links to Buzon’s BIM objects.” New features…

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Low Marnham Combined Heat and Power Plant nears completion

power plant

Work is nearing completion on JG Pear’s Combined Heat and Power Plant at Low Marnham in Nottinghamshire. The plant will significantly enhance the overall sustainability of the company’s existing operation processing animal by products. FPCR provided masterplanning and landscape expertise for the project, and Phil Rech subsequently gave evidence at the Public Inquiry in 2014. With a 28m high main boiler house and a 50m chimney, the building complex is inevitably visible across the local area. However, careful use of varied cladding colours and appropriate perimeter landscape treatment results in the complex being successfully assimilated into the Nottinghamshire countryside. Martin…

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A Fresh Approach to School Landscapes: Play and Learning outside the classroom

Fresh Approach

With a foreword by Sir David Attenborough, ‘A Fresh Approach to School Landscapes’ is a new book published as a guide to best practice that the Hampshire County Council Landscape group have developed working with the national charity ‘Learning through Landscapes’ (LTL). The book has been created with the input of a cross departmental ‘Playing and Learning Beyond the Classroom Strategy Group’ at Hampshire County Council. This is a working group comprising representation from Property Services, Children’s Services, Public Health, Countryside Services and Learning Through Landscapes. The publication of the book at a challenging time for local government highlights the…

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Planning permission granted for Roomzzz Aparthotel in Harrogate


A 98-room aparthotel at the Great Yorkshire Showground has been granted planning permission by Harrogate Borough Council. BDP is architect, landscape architect and sustainability consultant for the £10m scheme which is due for completion late 2019. Architect director Mike Hitchmough said: “I’m delighted for our client Roomzzz and the Yorkshire Agricultural Society that we are now able to deliver this wonderful project that will make a valuable contribution to the Showground site and the wider tourism and leisure offer in Harrogate.  The use of stone and vertical timber boarding acknowledges the agricultural aesthetic of the showground whilst extensive new landscape…

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FCPR submits application for sustainable development at Swindon


FCPR has submitted an outline planning application for a new urban extension to the east of Swindon. Comprising some 2,380 dwellings together with a mixed use local centre, employment and primary schools, the application forms part of the wider ‘New Eastern Villages’ allocation, which is Swindon’s main growth area. Appointed by the East Swindon Consortium (Hallam Land Management, Hannick Homes and Taylor Wimpey), FPCR have provided comprehensive landscape, ecological and arboricultural services for this application, following on from our work as part of the previous 2013 application. FPCR have produced a LVIA, an Ecological Assessment, an Arboricultural Assessment, a Green…

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Fields in Trust launch Impact Report 2016 looking at the value of parks and green spaces

Fields in Trust

Fields in Trust have launched their impact report for 2016, taking a look at the value that parks and green spaces bring to people’s lives. Last year was an important year for parks and green spaces. Primary research on Centenary Park in Rugby by the trust demonstrated the value of parks and green spaces. Data from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s State of UK Public Parks 2016 reported the stark figure that 50% of all local authorities have sold or transferred management of parks and green spaces in the last three years. So the announcement of a Parliamentary Inquiry into the future of these…

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Chatsworth Settlement Trustees submit planning application for 650 homes at Mastin Moor


The Chatsworth Settlement Trustees (CST) have today submitted proposals for 650 new homes on land owned at Mastin Moor, north-east of Chesterfield. Gillespies produced the Masterplan and Landscape Visual Impact Assessment for the new scheme. “This development will deliver many benefits to the area,” said Will Kemp, CST’s Planning and Development Manager.  “Not only will it provide new, high-quality homes to buy and rent including affordable housing, but the existing community garden will be doubled in size and 21 hectares of new parkland, play areas and other green spaces will be provided for existing and new residents. “CST has been…

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Hitchin chooses Plantscape to increase its summer display


Extra planters are brightening the streets of Hitchin in Hertfordshire this year after the town decided to invest in a bigger display from Plantscape. The Hitchin Business Improvement District, which was set up to promote the town centre as a good place to shop and visit, hopes the floral decorations will boost footfall throughout the summer. Plantscape installed dozens of window boxes, lamppost-mounted Holestar planters, Flower Towers, floor-standing planters and hanging baskets around the town last year. Shortly afterwards, the BID conducted a survey and, with the comments it received overwhelmingly positive, it agreed to feature even more planters in 2017….

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