Jane Jacobs: The ingredients for creating great places

May 17, 2022By Lyn JonesAdventures in Planning, Blog, Heritage

Following on from a Jane Jacobs inspired walk for the RTPI that Jules recently led for Bristol’s Young Planners, and as part of our 2022 ‘sustainability’ theme, it seemed a good opportunity to consider what makes a place ‘sustainable’ in the wider sense. Not just from an environmental perspective, but what makes a successful place tick, how it works, how it evolves and thrives.

Old Orchards

February 15, 2022By Lyn JonesAdventures in Planning, Blog, Heritage

On our theme this year of looking at biodiversity, environmental protection and sustainability issues within the English planning system, Jane Fowles and Georgina Harvey of Novell Tullett Landscape Architects shared their thoughts with us about the beauty, history and fragility of Old Orchards. Their take on these unique landscape features completely encapsulates why we should uphold landscape policy designations…

Green Assets

January 13, 2022By Julie LamingAdventures in Planning, Applications, Residential

Happy New Year, let’s hope it’s a good one. With a refreshed vigour for prioritising the climate crisis throughout our work, we’re going to use the year ahead to look at areas of the English planning system that support biodiversity, environmental protection and sustainability. So for our first blog offering of 2022, we take a … Read More

HOW TO DO: Permissions in Principle

October 27, 2021By Lyn JonesAdventures in Planning, Applications, Blog, How To

With the urgent pressure for housing delivery, yet increasingly onerous planning application requirements and convoluted prior approval processes, we’re often now approached by clients wanting to find a swifter means of securing permission for residential development. Whether its simply to establish Class C3 principles on a small urban site or just to obtain certainty for … Read More

Small sites, bigger challenges!

August 25, 2021By Julie LamingAdventures in Planning, Blog

Following on from our 2018 blog highlighting the challenges of building homes on small brownfield sites, we thought it would be useful to take another look to see if the situation is any better than it was. Current planning policy promotes urban living, building more densely/higher to achieve the most efficient use of land, and … Read More

HOW TO DO: Blinded by the light

June 30, 2021By Julie LamingAdventures in Planning, How To

An issue that crops up on a regular basis for new development irrespective of size and scale and now with the added test for the Prior Approval conversion of existing office buildings, is ‘light’ – how much is there?; is there too much, enough or too little?; does the development block anyone else’s light?; does … Read More

Positive Purposeful Planning

March 9, 2021By Julie LamingAdventures in Planning, Blog

The Planning profession is an ever changing beast. Always under review and alteration. Constantly vilified for being too slow, too fast, too restrictive, not restrictive enough, too bureaucratic, too full of NIMBY’s, and so the list goes on….. In the midst of all the competing views of Planning as both a process and a profession, … Read More

2021 – five and five

January 7, 2021By Julie LamingAdventures in Planning, Blog, Update

Welcome to 2021, never have we been so pleased to embrace a new year. Whoever would have imagined when we introduced our Planning Ventures manifesto back in January 2020, that the 12 months would have played out in such a challenging way, and been a real test of those pledges.  As everyone, we’re desperate to … Read More