February 19, 2018

Citizen science schemes can be used to detect decline of wildlife populations

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Woodland Trust and BTO schemes used to track common cuckoo populations A recent paper published in Avian Biology Research1 has suggested that data from citizen science schemes can be used for detecting the decline of wildlife populations. The paper took data from Nature’s Calendar, run by the Woodland Trust, and BirdTrack, run by the British Trust of Ornithology. Both schemes record common cuckoo sightings. When reviewing this alongside other studies into the population of the cuckoo, it was shown that information gathered by citizen scientists reflected similar decline patterns as other scientific investigations (the cuckoo is a Red Listed species)….

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Broadway Malyan secures its largest UK masterplan consent

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A masterplan developed by Broadway Malyan for a major new neighbourhood in Suffolk has been unanimously approved by planners. The proposals for the 279-acre site adjacent to the Adastral Business Park on the outskirts of Ipswich will see the creation of  2,000 new homes and is the practice’s largest UK planning consent to date. The successful outline planning application comes more than a decade after the site was first earmarked for potential development and Broadway Malyan director Jeff Nottage said the practice had worked hard with other stakeholders to bring forward a scheme that met the needs of the client…

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Westside developer Urban&Civic receives planning permission

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City of Wolverhampton’s £55 million Westside scheme has reached a major milestone. Urban&Civic has received outline planning permission for the first phase of their development on 6.4 acres of land at the heart of the city. Enabling works continue on the leisure led mixed use scheme, and strong demand from occupiers means construction on the first phase remains on track to start in 2018. A multiplex cinema, 50,000 square feet of additional leisure space, new restaurants covering 40,000 square feet, a 100 plus bed hotel, and a multi storey car park are lined up for phase 1. Phase 2 will…

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London’s toxic air-level has ‘improved overnight’ after introduction of low emission bus zones

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Low-emission bus zones on some of London’s most polluted high streets have been praised for leading to an “overnight improvement” for toxic air levels. No road-specific annual toxic air limits have yet been breached in the capital, which is an improvement after last year the threshold on one major street was broken in just five days. London environment experts said this change is “largely” due to the roll out of new cleaner bus routes in the capital’s worst offending areas such as in Brixton Road, in south London, and Putney High Street, in west London. Frank Kelly, environmental health professor at King’s…

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Residents invited to public consultation to view Govan’s £17m regeneration plans

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Residents who live, work or visit Govan are being asked to attend a public consultation event to view the council’s masterplan for the area. The £17 million proposal will look at the potential for a whole new development at Water Row, from housing to retail and leisure facilities. The vision is a ‘lively attractive destination’ where the old Harland and Wolff Shipyard once stood, drawing on the historic buildings around Water Row and tourist attractions like Govan Old Parish Church and the Riverside Museum across the water. It will mean up to 100 mid-market rentals and 32 homes for social rent,…

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Bath residents seeking judicial review over decision to approve housing regeneration

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Residents of an estate in Bath are seeking a High Court judicial review of a decision to approve a housing association’s regeneration plans. Curo, which owns and manages more than 13,000 homes across the South West, was granted outline planning permission to demolish 542 homes on the Foxhill Estate and replace them with 700 new builds in July. Lawyers acting for the Foxhill Residents’ Association submitted several legal challenges to Bath & North East Somerset Council in December over its decision. Among other concerns, the lawyers claimed the authority had failed to follow its own policy regarding the loss of social…

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Planning approval awarded for university’s new £60 million project

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A flagship project in The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Masterplan has been given planning approval today at a Preston City Council hearing. Designed by Hawkins Brown following an international RIBA competition, the proposed Student Centre and a modern civic square will be the focal point of the University’s £200 million Masterplan development. The new Student Centre, which has targeted a BREEAM (environmental quality) rating of ‘excellent’ will be 7,304 sqm providing a new reception area, informal learning spaces and a student wellbeing support centre. Designed as an iconic gateway to the City, the new square will span 8,440 sqm…

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New national housing agency to boost housebuilding

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A new national housing agency – Homes England – has today (11 January 2018) been launched by Housing Secretary Sajid Javid as one of the key steps towards delivering the homes the country needs. As the successor to the Homes and Communities Agency, Homes England will drive forward change, as set out in the government’s housing white paper. By bringing together their existing planning expertise and new land buying powers, the new agency will play a major role in securing land in areas where people want to live, support smaller and more innovative house builders into the market and resource brownfield…

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Green light as funding is secured for Hull’s £42m Humber flood scheme

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Funding has been secured for a £42 million upgrade to the tidal flood defence scheme in the Humber Estuary – improving flood protection to 113,000 properties. Led by the Environment Agency, the Humber Hull Frontages scheme will present an opportunity to review and improve a 19 kilometres stretch of tidal flood defences in the Humber Estuary to better protect homes and businesses that are at risk of flooding in Hull. Floods Minister, Thérèse Coffey said: “This state of the art scheme is great news for homeowners and businesses along the Humber Estuary, especially for the city of Hull, as we…

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Studio Stefano Boeri Architetti continues its design activities in favour of sustainable architecture worldwide

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Following the Vertical Forest projects of Milan, Nanjing, Utrecht, Tirana, Lausanne,Paris – and after the global publication of the call-to-action video for Urban Forestry (https://www.stefanoboeriarchitetti.net/en/urbanforestry) comes today ’s announcement of the new Vertical Forest to be constructed in the Netherlands, in Eindhoven. The Trudo Vertical Forest will be the first Vertical Forest adopted by a social housing project. It is therefore destined for use by low-income social groups, particularly young people with an urban lifestyle. The 19 floors of the Tower will house apartments rented out at affordable rates and graced by balconies with hundreds of trees and plants in…

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