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Quiet Revolution in City Centre Family Living

Does starting a family have to end the fun of city centre living? For many it has and still does. In 2017, family life and urban life are mutually exclusive for all but a handful who are resolutely determined to remain in the heart of Mancheste...

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Posted 07/12/2017

by Rebecca Fieldhouse

The Sustainable Development Scorecard

Last week Iceni Projects and the Sustainable Development Commission launched the Sustainable Development Scorecard; a new free online tool that will remove the ambiguity from the National Planning Policy Framework’s (NPPF) definition of sustainabl...

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Posted 06/12/2017

by Dan Jestico

Draft London Plan 2017: Are things about to change in London?

The eagerly-anticipated new London Plan is set to be published later today. As a relatively new Mayor, Sadiq Khan is looking to make his mark with a flagship policy agenda and set the tone for his next three years in office (and beyond if he is...

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Posted 29/11/2017

by Kieron Hodgson

Budget 2017: What’s next? 

No public sector bureaucracy, no vested interests and “deeds not words”. This is what I took to be the three essential calling cards highlighted in Sajid Javid’s speech in Bristol last Thursday. But since this positive, forward-looking speech, ...

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Posted 22/11/2017

by Patrick McNamara

GMSF: A watershed moment for development?

Has there been a property event attended by Andy Burnham where he hasn’t been asked about his ‘radical rewrite’ of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF)? From the off it has been clear that Andy Burnham wants Greater Manchester to fin...

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Posted 15/11/2017

by Chris Mawdsley

Hastings Pier – The Stirling Winner

Of all the quality buildings that were shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, it was rewarding to see Hastings Pier win. After the pier burnt down in 2010, it seemed to be the end for a structure that has a history dating back to 1872. But through...

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Posted 08/11/2017

by Paul Drew

Pies in sky do not help solve London’s housing crisis

"Construction over London rail lines could deliver more than 250,000 homes", cites Planning Resource (2.11.17), referencing a report by WSP entitled 'Out of thin Air'. Suggestions such as these are not only heroic, but potentially damaging. At ...

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Posted 05/11/2017

by Ian Anderson

Sheds don’t need to be boring

I spend a lot of time thinking about sheds, logistics infrastructure and how we keep supplying an economy that loves doorstep delivery. In the upcoming London Plan it appears that Sadiq Khan has been thinking about it too, promising a dramatic cha...

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Posted 01/11/2017

by Patrick McNamara

Iceni Projects Grows with Four New Hires

Award-winning property advisory firm Iceni Projects has today (25 October) announced four new appointments to its Planning team. Eilish Smeaton joins the Strategic Planning Team (London) as a Director from Indigo Planning where she focused on p...

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Posted 25/10/2017

by Madi Moraru

Goodbye Austerity? 

This weekend, we saw another significant tonal shift in the way the Government is approaching housebuilding and infrastructure. This time it was Communities’ Secretary Sajid Javid who brought the issue centre stage when he appeared on the Andrew M...

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Posted 25/10/2017

by Patrick McNamara