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UK Housing starts drop in 2011

The average number of new-build starts across the UK during the period 1991 to 2008 was 194,796 per annum, well below the 240,000 per annum target set for England alone. Between 2007 and 2008, the start of the downturn was clearly evidenced in new starts compared to recent years across the UK, with new-build housing starts dropping by 37% in England,...

National Planning Policy Framework to affect entire country

National Planning Policy Framework to affect entire country

This draft, announced 25th July, was a key part of the Coalition’s reforms to make the planning system less complex and to support sustainable growth. “Framework hands the tiller to the market” Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Minister for Planning, said “this is a key part of our reforms to make the planning system less complex and more accessible, and...

New Protection for Bowling Greens

New Protection for Bowling Greens

Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, announced today that there will be new powers to protect bowling greens from the threat of development or closure. Communities will be able to classify green spaces such as bowling greens for special protections and ensure that pitches are preserved for the enjoyment of future generations. The National Planning Policy...

Tyler Parkes and Karbon Creative launch new website!

Tyler Parkes and Karbon Creative launch new website!

Tyler Parkes are proud to announce the launch of this new website to convey our fresh approach to planning and architecture. Together with (and thanks to) Midlands-based web and graphic design firm Karbon Creative and Oxford-based photographer Bella Kotak, we have hopefully created an easy-to-use, informative resource for all. Have a look round and tell us what you think! - The Team at...

New Street Station on Track

New Street Station on Track

The £400 million ‘Gateway Project’ to transform Birmingham’s New Street Station, which is now well under way, is to be enhanced by the construction of a 4-storey John Lewis Department Store. As a 250,000 sq. ft. southerly extension to the Pallisades Shopping Centre that sits above the station concourse, the store will be one of the company’s largest outside London....

Shedding of Public Land

The Government has announced its plans to build 100,000 homes on previously-developed public land by 2015. The intention is to auction off public land with the benefit of planning permission to developers as part of a major programme of land disposal. Within months, each Government Department is set to publish plans on how it intends to release such land to...

Call for Sites

Call for Sites

Birmingham City Council are intending to update their Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and there is now an opportunity to promote any potential housing sites so that they can be considered as part of the review process. Ultimately this could result in sites being designated for residential development as part of a review of planning policies for the City....

Challenges to Houses in Multiple Occupation Legislation

In 2010 there were a number of changes to planning regulations relating to multiple occupation of dwellings, mainly to respond to concern by a few local authorities that some parts of their towns and cites were becoming supersaturated with student accommodation. The Coalition Government in October amended regulations introduced by the outgoing administration as recently as April last year. The...

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