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

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

6 Do the Bristol Bridges

February 15, 2020By Julie LamingCharity

This Spring, we’re planning a sunrise-to-sunset 28 mile walk across all of Bristol’s bridges, following the Bristol Civic society route . It’s more of an awareness-raiser, so look out for us in our orange t-shirts and come and step-in for a mile or two as we pound the city streets. We’ve got an art auction … Read More

Wonderful Women

January 2, 2020By Julie LamingCharity

We’ve recently been invited to join a business womens network for One25, headed up by their CEO and aimed at leveraging more support from the Bristol business community. We’re really keen to see how this group evolves and to explore what support we can enlist from our colleagues in the development industry.

Context – What is it good for?

October 23, 2019By Julie LamingAdventures in Planning, Design, 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