Jane Jacobs: The ingredients for creating great places

May 17, 2022By SoelloAdventures 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…

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

Know Your Setting

October 18, 2017By Lyn JonesAdventures in Planning, Applications, Heritage

Here at Planning Ventures, as well as sitting on Bristol’s Conservation Advisory Panel, we find ourselves increasingly involved in development projects with a heritage element. Be it Conservation Areas, listed buildings or sites with high archaeological potential, heritage assets are all around us and can often make for challenging but rewarding schemes. To keep up … Read More

Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations – Change is Afoot…..

April 28, 2017By Lyn JonesAdventures in Planning, Applications, Consultation, Heritage, Update

As we head full on into Spring, we’ve been keeping an eye on various changes within the industry that will impact on some of the larger and more environmentally sensitive projects which we deal with over the coming months. One such development is the amended Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations that have been in transition … Read More

Appointment to Bristol’s Conservation Advisory Panel

November 28, 2014By Julie LamingAdventures in Planning, Business 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

Planning for excitement and adventure

May 6, 2014By Julie LamingAdventures in Planning, Architecture, 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