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

Can the planning system help us to eat well?

April 8, 2014By Julie LamingHealth and Wellbeing

Following Planning Ventures Talk of Totterdown article and Blog Post in February 2014  – ‘Your Local Shops Could Be Under Threat Again’, Planning Ventures has been asked to participate in the Food City Region Conference hosted by the University of the West of England on the 6th May 2014, which is part of the Bristol … Read More

Views glorious views

April 2, 2014By Julie LamingDesign, Health and Wellbeing

There is nothing quite like a beautiful view and I am lucky enough to have one from my office window and it made me think about the importance of a ‘view’. Ok so everyone has a view from their windows or sees views all around them but what makes a decent view – surely it’s … Read More

RTPIAmbassador appointment

March 20, 2014By Julie LamingBusiness News

I’ve been appointed as one of 100 Ambassadors to lead the RTPI 2014 Centenary project the Future Planners Initiative. This initiative is one of the RTPIs flagship projects for its centenary year.  Its purpose is to engage with students at schools throughout the UK and Ireland in order to introduce them to the exciting, challenging … Read More

Your local shops could be under threat again

March 17, 2014By Julie LamingPolicy

The Government has recently completed consultation to change the use of a shop and a bank/building society or other financial or professional service into a residential use without the need for planning permission. So you probably think ‘ok and what of it’, as you have seen plenty of local shops remain empty for an eternity … Read More