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Proposed changes to Permitted Development Rights and Use Classes

Previous recent legislative amendments have facilitated residential conversion of redundant office buildings.  However, whilst that has seen an efficient re-use of many vacant buildings and the creation of large number of new and urgently needed residential units, in far too many cases the resultant conversions have been criticised for the creation of modern slums unfit for purpose.  News headlines have highlighted buildings that were inherently unsuitable for conversion but were nevertheless within the scope of…

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PM Boris Johnson has announced the most radical reforms to our planning system since the Second World War

Back in April on the West Waddy Blog I commented upon the impact of the Covid crisis and considered what was needed  to recover from the inevitable  economic downturn. I said back then: What’s needed is a massive injection of public money  into state funded infrastructure including social housing, healthcare and education. This time it’s for the State to build us out of recession and inject capital to keep the country going. We did it…

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Planning Deadlines Extended as a result of Covid -19

The Government announced this week that it intends introducing legislation to extend the time for implementing planning consents which were due to expire post the Coronavirus  lockdown. Lobbying from the RIBA and RTPI has had an effect as many schemes were at risk of  running out of time to commence works on site, especially given the general slowing up of the planning service at Local Government level. We have many projects where the discharge of…

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West Waddy win competition to design housing for Stroud District Council

West Waddy  are delighted to have been awarded an exciting contract to design several new housing schemes for Stroud District Council.  Our competitive bid, submitted with assistance from our sister practice Archadia, was selected by the Council as the highest quality design submission from a field of over 30 architects.   Head of Urban Design Johnathan Headland led the bid process with assistance from a team of three including Archadia Director Jean Hanna. We are…

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VWHDC Call for Sites

West Waddy has recently submitted a number of proposals to the Vale of White Horse District Council’s request for development sites across the District through to 2050. These submissions have been made on behalf of a variety of private landowners and developers throughout the Vale. The sites vary in scale from smaller schemes of about 20 – 25 dwellings in village locations through to  larger urban extensions. We are also promoting a mixed-use ‘Garden Village’…

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