The reality of new PD rights for agricultural buildings

June 26, 2014By Julie LamingPolicy, Rural

So having ranted about the latest PD rights for retail to residential conversions I promised that I would look at the latest changes to permitted development (PD) rights for the changes of use of agricultural buildings, which came into force in April 2014. The Government has essentially created two new sets of PD rights: Class … Read More

Thoughts on planning for health care provision

June 11, 2014By Julie LamingHealth and Wellbeing, Policy

I’ve been working with the Avril Baker Consultancy to facilitate and manage a range of stakeholder consultations for Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group. As part of the team it’s been great talking about WCCGs 5 Year Plan, to a range of people across Wiltshire including Service personnel’s wives and partners, mums and their toddlers, the elderly, … Read More

The value of public art

May 22, 2014By Julie LamingArchitecture, Design, Public Art, Regeneration

Short and sweet this week, just like me.  Public Art is one of those aspects of the planning and design process that most people just don’t get.  Not all clients see the intrinsic value of this, particularly when forced into providing this by over eager LPAs at ridiculous cost during a time of economic constraints. … Read More

It’s good to talk: the benefits of the consultation process. Part 1 pre app

May 14, 2014By Julie LamingConsultation, Stakeholder

It’s good to talk and the consultation process is an important part of the planning process, be it for a development proposal, policy production, site allocations or highways works.  Consultation moves through the primary evolution of a scheme, through the determination process, discharge of conditions and obligations, through construction and to potentially even when a … Read More

Planning for excitement and adventure

May 6, 2014By Julie LamingArchitecture, Design, Health and Wellbeing, Heritage, Public Art, Regeneration

Today’s blog post is not really about planning as such, or architecture or urban design.  It is more about how the temporary or permanent use of a building, place or space can be aesthetically and emotionally transformative when used in a totally unexpected, exciting or adventurous way. Having just experienced an amazing Bank Holiday weekend … Read More

DCLG consultation response confirms your local shops are under threat

April 30, 2014By Julie LamingPolicy

The Government has published its response to the consultation exercise undertaken last year, which further extends permitted development rights to change the use of shops and banks/building societies (use class A1 and A2) to residential units, the change of use of shops to banks/building societies, extended the ability to change existing retail and commercial premises … Read More

The Planning Ventures Good Egg Awards 2014

April 22, 2014By Julie LamingBusiness News, Consultants

So it’s Easter and in a chocolate filled haze spent in the architectural splendour of Edinburgh some thought was given to half a dozen egg-ceptionally designed schemes that Planning Ventures could award an inaugural Good Egg prize for 2014.  This years egg-cellent schemes have focused on Bristol, but who knows where next year’s Planning Ventures … Read More