It’s our FIRST Anniversary!

May 29, 2015By Julie LamingBusiness News

It’s time to celebrate, let’s crack open the pink fizz and eat cake – Planning Ventures is celebrating its FIRST anniversary! It’s been a year of excitement and adventure working on new schemes and working with old clients, colleagues and friends and meeting new ones. This last year has seen schemes to upgrade and expand a client’s … Read More

Copenhagen: European Green Capital of Cool

December 19, 2014By Julie LamingDesign

Having just recently spent a long weekend in Copenhagen: the current European Green Capital: the Scandi Capital of Cool, admiring the urbane, calm and effortless style of the Danes, I thought I would share some of my favourite images. Some pretty obvious, some a little eclectic and some downright deceptive. If you like some of … Read More

Appointment to Bristol’s Conservation Advisory Panel

November 28, 2014By Julie LamingBusiness News, Heritage

  I have recently joined Bristol’s Conservation Advisory Panel, representing the Bristol Neighbourhood Planning Network.  As one of my passions is old buildings, our heritage and the need to develop exciting, innovative and modern ways of taking listed buildings and conservation areas forward this seemed like a great fit. Whilst not a ‘conservation’ expert by … Read More

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