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Westminster Briefing – Guest Speaker Philip Waddy on Simplifying the Planning System

Earlier this week Philip Waddy spoke at the Westminster Briefing on Planning Policy Reforms Under the New Government in his role as Chair, RIBA National Planning Group. The discussion centred on measures to speed up the planning system. Dramatic reform is needed to reduce delays in delivering new homes . The briefing focussed on the Governments pledge “to pursue a programme of further deregulation and simplification of the planning system combined with heavy investment in infrastructure….

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A world-leading innovation economy – is Oxfordshire united by this vision?

Following the recent Oxfordshire Growth Board meetings, the Vale of White Horse DC issued a press release regarding the Oxford-MK-Cambridge Arc on behalf of all the Council’s, LEPs and Universities across the Arc region in Oxfordshire. The report contains much praise and support for the Arc vision by most local councils with a more non-committal tone struck by South Oxfordshire DC. We anticipate seeing something similar soon from the other Counties across the Arc which…

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Social housing design – 13 new homes proposed in Dursley

West Waddy on behalf of Stroud District Council (SDC) are pleased to present this proposal for the redevelopment of a vacant residential site on the outskirts of Dursley for social housing. SDC currently controls 5,200 homes and is the largest social landlord within the district with stock spread throughout the local authority area. In 2015 SDC commissioned a review of its’ 28 sheltered housing schemes, the purpose of the review was to establish sustainability and…

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West Waddy appointed on Bellway Homes Framework Agreement

We are delighted to have recently been awarded a new three year framework agreement with Bellway Homes covering town planning consultancy, urban design, masterplanning and architectural services. The practice has previously assisted Bellway in developing concept layouts and preparing bids for development sites and we have a proven track record in finding sites for sustainable growth,  guiding developer clients to deliver new homes right where they are needed. At West Waddy we strive for the…

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The future of housing after the pandemic – Archadia are on the case

We are delighted to share a new research document created by the talented team at our sister practice, Archadia. The research investigates the future of housing after the pandemic. The document reviews how you can isolate and live with people classed as ‘vulnerable’ during the pandemic. It looks at how the guidance received during lockdown worked with our homes and how it will affect the future of housing design. Archadia have explored what will/could change…

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