20 Pledges for 2020 – Our Planning Ventures Manifesto 

December 17, 2019By Lyn JonesUpdate

Welcome to 2020 and here’s hoping you had a restful festive break. Before we launch on into the New Year, we’ve been spending some time reflecting on 2019 and taking stock of where we’re at – both as Planners and people – where we fit within the grander scheme of the development industry and how … Read More

Context – What is it good for?

October 23, 2019By Julie LamingDesign, Heritage, How To

‘Context’ is a design-related concept that we usually associate with heritage development. But it shouldn’t just be limited to schemes for listed buildings, non-designated heritage assets and development in Conservation Areas.  ‘Context’ is just as important, relevant and integral to creating great design anywhere. A good understanding of ‘Context’ enables the creation of an honest … Read More

Demolition, hold that wrecking ball…

September 1, 2019By Lyn JonesAppeals, How To

We’re back in harness after our summer recess, and looking forward to whatever projects unfold for us over the next few months. Whilst we’ve seen a Brexit-related hold across much of the construction industry over the past year, we’re really hoping that some form of a resolution from the Government (lord knows which way) over … Read More

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes (to your Planning Permission)

February 27, 2019By Julie LamingHow To

Hooray you’ve secured your planning permission; it’s in the bag, and the celebrations done and dusted. You’re building out the approved scheme but now, in the immortal words of the late, great David Bowie, you want to make some “Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes”. Whether big, small, complex or straightforward, you’ll need to formalise these because your development can … Read More

Our Celebration of 5

January 2, 2019By Lyn JonesUpdate

Happy New Year! We hope your festive season was everything you wanted it to be and you’re feeling suitably braced for whatever 2019 has in store. As we kick-off into January, we’re looking forward to celebrating Planning Ventures 5th birthday this year with a whoop. We set up in 2014 with plenty of enthusiasm but … Read More

Effective Engagement – Keep Talking, Keep Listening, Keep Evolving

October 31, 2018By Lyn JonesHow To, Policy

It’s become increasingly clear in recent years that local communities are becoming more engaged in the planning process, particularly where they feel passionate about individual sites or the impact of development in their areas. This doesn’t just mean old-school NIMBYism, but more a growing desire to have some influence or control over how ‘their’ areas … Read More

The Revised NPPF – The New Planning Rulebook?

August 22, 2018By Lyn JonesBlog, Design, Policy, Update

Welcome back after that fabulous long hot summer. Whilst here at Planning Ventures we celebrate the launch of the new school year, we’re also braced for a fresh start in the Planning calendar, just as you were all escaping for your fortnight of downtime, July 24th saw the release of the long-awaited revised National Planning … Read More