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Planning reforms propose temporary lifting of affordable housing requirement

Alongside last week’s Planning White Paper ‘Planning for the Future’, the Government launched a further consultation entitled ‘Changes to the Current Planning System’ covering four topics as follows : Changes to the standard method of assessing local housing need Securing First Homes through developer contributions Temporary lifting of the small sites threshold Extending the existing Permission in Principle to major development The third of these potential changes is particularly interesting because it proposes – for…

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Flexible Co-Working space available at the Malthouse

Owing to flexible working patterns adopted in recent months, we now have free desk space at the Malthouse. This presents an exciting opportunity for West Waddy to offer serviced offices and individual desk spaces for construction industry and property professionals to work along side our team in the same fantastic building! Join the community at our riverside studio, located in the heart of Abingdon. For more information about our stunning riverside office,  take a look at…

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The Government’s new White Paper – ‘Planning for the Future’

This morning 6th August, MHCLG released the much-heralded Planning White Paper. Consultation will run for 12 weeks until 29th October. The Prime Minister’s Foreword describes the English planning system as “a relic from the middle of the 20thCentury” which he criticises as outdated, ineffective and a constraint to the growth potential of the country. Government therefore propose radical reform, which is promised to be “simpler, clearer and quicker to navigate”. Secretary of State Robert Jenrick’s Foreword also…

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Project location map – We have been busy!

Check out the impressive spread of recent project locations undertaken by West Waddy and our sister practice Archadia Chartered Architects. Will remote working methods change the geography of our traditional client base? We are ready to play our part in the national effort to build, build, build. Download the PDF using the link below to see the spread of locations in more detail: Achadia and West Waddy Project Map

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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