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NUMA Group Acquires Native Places
NUMA Group has acquired 100 per cent of Native Places
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A Look at the New Government’s Raft of Planning Changes
The central message was clear: the Labour government is taking immediate and decisive action to foster economic growth and build necessary infrastructure
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Land Sold to Barratt Homes for 574 Properties
Carter Jonas has sold a major privately-owned housing site in King’s Lynn to Barratt Homes.
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Stunning Development of Luxury Homes Unveiled in Thame
Savills is marketing a striking development of new homes which offer a rare example of curvilinear architecture.
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Poppy Factory Available For Rent
Frost Meadowcroft has put the former Poppy Factory, the Richmond Brewery Stores, on the market for rent.
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Knight Frank Markets Major Regeneration Opportunity in Norwich City Centre
Knight Frank has been appointed by Columbia Threadneedle Investments to market a large redevelopment opportunity in the heart of Norwich.
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New Heathrow Facilities Approved by Hillingdon
Hillingdon Council has approved the redevelopment of the former Sipson Garden Centre, Sipson Road, West Drayton, into additional facilities for Heathrow Airport
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Council Markets Georgian Home for £1m
A striking Grade II-listed Georgian house in the heart of Saffron Walden is up for sale
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Home scheme approved despite fears over water quality
Councillors have agreed to alter a condition on water quality to plans for up to 800 homes 
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The Elizabeth Line Smashes all Expectations
Two years after the official opening of the Elizabeth Line, Transport for London (TfL) has celebrated its impact on travel and the economy, both in London and further out.
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MIPIM Cannes v UKREiiF
Exam question: MIPIM Cannes v UKREiiF Leeds – discuss
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College Wins Consent for Redevelopment
A Guildford college, which specialises in land-based industries, has been granted planning consent for a major redevelopment.
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Political and Economic Woes are Holding Back Growth
Market growth is being hampered by political and economic factors claims RLB’s latest construction market intelligence
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AELTC Increases Public Access to Wimbledon Park
The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has announced plans to create a new four-acre public parkland as part of its proposals to transform the former Wimbledon Park Golf Course.
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Plans Submitted for 193 Homes in Wiltshire
Plans have been submitted for the latest phase of homes on the Jubilee Gardens scheme in Warminster, Wiltshire
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Ealing Approves Controversial Student Tower
Ealing Council Planning Committee has approved a mixed-use 16-storey tower with 412 student rooms in West Ealing
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Office and Lab Shortage Could Force Oxford Rents to Rise
Oxford’s shortage of office and lab space could send rents spiralling according to research by Vail Williams.
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Barratt Homes Buys 38 Hectare Site for 574 Homes
Carter Jonas, acting on behalf of a private landowner client, has completed the sale of a residential development site at King’s Lynn to Barratt Homes
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Johnson & Johnson Deal Leads High Take-up Stats
The first three months of the year witnessed the highest proportion of space leased at buildings under construction since 2001, with 421,600 sq ft agreed.
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Ursuline School Wimbledon Up for Sale
Knight Frank has been instructed by The Trustees of the former Ursuline Preparatory School in Wimbledon to sell their school property, with a guide price of offers in excess £7 million
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Consented Former Mill Site Up For Grabs With Savills
The site of a former flour mill in Ickleford, which has consent for more than 70 new homes, has gone on the market with Savills.
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Major Data Centre Plan for Landfill Site
Plans have been submitted for a large data centre on a former landfill site at Iver in Buckinghamshire  
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UK Space Agency Boldly Goes to Harwell Campus
The UK Space Agency has made Harwell Campus its head offices.
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Stag Brewery Developer Seeks Resolution with Planning Inspectorate
The Stag Brewery development, Mortlake, has been referred to the Planning Inspectorate on appeal.
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Approval for Solar Farm at Landfill Site
Permission has been granted for a solar farm at a landfill site in Hertfordshire
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Masterplan for 1,100 Homes Goes Before Council
Councillors are due to discuss a masterplan which could help deliver up to 1,100 homes in Swindon.
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C&C Unveils Logistics Super Hub in Heathrow
C&C Group, the UK’s largest [final-mile] drinks distributor and owners of the Tennent’s, Magners and Bulmers Ireland brands has unveiled its new London distribution depot, Orbital West, in Heathrow.
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Richmond Achieves Climate Action Goals
At the February Environment, Sustainability, Culture and Sports Committee, the council reflected on the significant progress made against their Climate Emergency Action Plan 
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Resilient Year Ahead for Rural Land Prices
The farmland market in the East of England is expected to have a resilient year with an increase in supply and values remaining robust, agents have said.
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Tungsten Properties Acquires Two Sites for Industrial Schemes
A joint venture between Tungsten Properties and Euro Property Investments Limited (EPIL), has acquired strategic development sites in Milton Keynes and High Wycombe, totalling 5.1 acres.
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Pragmatic Semiconductor Doubles Floorspace
British semiconductor maker Pragmatic Semiconductor has doubled its floorspace at Cambridge Science Park by taking an additional 12,500 sq ft.  
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Four office deals at One Cambridge Square
Four office lettings in Cambridge have been announced by Schroders Capital
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Full steam ahead for the Mortlake Brewery
The Planning Committee of the London Borough of Richmond-Upon-Thames (LBRuT) resolved to grant planning consent for the revised major mixed-use scheme
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Google Acquires Airfield Site in Essex
Google has acquired a 52-acre airfield in Essex which could become a new data centre campus
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Milton Keynes Named Top Spot in England for Residential Investment
Research by Colliers suggests Milton Keynes is the top English city for residential investment
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Full of Eastern Hope
Full of Eastern Hope: Predictions, trends, and new markets in East of England real estate for 2024
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Shepherds Bush Market Development Finally Given Approval
Yoo Capital has been given the go-ahead to redevelop Shepherds Bush Market by Hammersmith and Fulham at a rescheduled meeting following the disruption to the original planning meeting.
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Time to Revisit the Brownfield v Greenfield Policy
Nick Taylor, partner in Carter Jonas’ planning and development team, questions the policy of developing brownfield sites before greenfield.
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Zero Emission Boiler Firm tepeo Expands at Winnersh Triangle
A fast-growing British firm, which makes zero emission boilers, has expanded at Winnersh Triangle in a bid to triple its manufacturing capacity.
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Aldar Properties Acquires London Square
Aldar Properties (Aldar) has completed the 100 per cent acquisition of London-based developer London Square, signalling its first international acquisition beyond the MENA region.
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272 Flats Planned for Woking Town Centre
Plans have been submitted to replace the former BHS department store in Woking with a high-rise scheme of 272 Build-to-Rent flats.
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Nuveen Real Estate and Apache Capital Pioneer Partnership for Single Family Build-to-Rent Housing
Nuveen Real Estate, a global real estate investment giant with assets under management totalling $152 billion, has forged a joint venture with Apache Capital, a renowned UK-focused real estate investment manager.
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Wandsworth sets out Protocol for Developers
A bold new protocol sets out how Wandsworth Council will work with developers and reaffirms the council’s ambitions to deliver social homes for rent in Wandsworth.
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Stonebond Offers a Glimpse of Sustainable Living at Wintringham
Stonebond is welcoming the public to explore its Wintringham development in St Neots, offering a rare look into craftsmanship that goes into its new homes.
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BDW Cambridgeshire Receives Green Light for Exciting Development Project
BDW Cambridgeshire has been granted planning permission by the planning committee of East Cambridgeshire District Council for a residential development project.
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Wandsworth Planners Knock Back Wimbledon Plans
The Wandsworth planning team have recommended the refusal of the Wimbledon ( All England Lawn Tennis Club) extension into the former Wimbledon Park Golf Club grounds.
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Energy-efficient Council Homes Approved for New Partnership
A scheme of 24 energy-efficient council homes will be built on a derelict site at Harlow
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Manydown Land Acquisition Set for Completion
Development of 3,520-home Manydown is set to take a leap forward next week when councillors are asked to complete the acquisition of the northern section of the land.
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Timber Office Block Planned for Maidenhead
Plans for a timber office building in Maidenhead town have been submitted to the Royal Borough.
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Farmland Price Rises Ease as Supply Levels Increase
While average farmland values in the East of England continue to increase year on year, research by Savills suggest growth may be starting to slow as supply increases.
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£8m Land Deal at Hampshire Industrial Park
Tungsten Properties has acquired a prime, six-acre site next to Hampshire Industrial Park in Basingstoke for £8 million.  
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Another Step Forward for Oxford North Approved
The latest step forward for Oxford North has been approved by the city council
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Winners of the Royal Berkshire Property Awards 2023 Announced
The county’s finest were recognised on Wednesday when the Royal Berkshire Property Awards 2023 put the industry’s top achievers in the spotlight.
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Guildford’s Friary Quarter Scheme Given Approval
A key regeneration scheme in Guildford town centre has been unanimously approved for a site which has been neglected for decades.
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Sales at Hurlingham Waterfront reach £60m
​Multi-use property developer Rockwell has reported impressive sales for its luxury property development in Southwest London
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Sovereign and Network Homes Merge with New Executive Board
In October 2023, Sovereign and Network Homes merged to form SNG (Sovereign Network Group). 
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Clacton and Great Yarmouth Each Get £20m levelling Up Cash
Great Yarmouth and Clacton will each receive £20 million as part of the Government’s latest round of levelling-up investment.
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Patch Opens its Doors to Twickenham
A vibrant neighbourhood destination in Twickenham, by pioneering startup Patch, which officially opens its doors this September, for locals to ‘WNH’ – aka Work Near Home – to reignite the high street.
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Mixed Views Over Delays to Green Policies
A mix of views from industry professionals among our sponsors, partners and members greeted the Government’s plans to delay key net zero policies
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Chigwell Site Sold for Development
The £8 million sale of development land in Chigwell High Road is set to pave the way for a scheme of 35 flats.
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‘Nitrate Neutrality ‘a Political Football’
Vail Williams partner David Ramsey has spoken out over the Labour objection to the Government plans to ease nutrient neutrality rules which would enable more homes to be built.
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Work to Create Five New Business Units at Eastern Gateway Starts
Construction has started at Eastern Gateway, Ipswich to create five new business units on eight acres of the site. 
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Carter Jonas Achieves Consent for Modular Homes in Cambridge
​Carter Jonas has secured planning consent on behalf of It Takes A City Community Land Trust (ITAC CLT) to create new homes for the homeless on Hills Avenue, Cambridge.
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Derelict Pub Set for New Life After 40 Years
Around 40 years after it closed for business a derelict pub in Reading has gone up for sale.
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House of Fraser Store can be Subdivided
The House of Fraser store in the Oracle Reading could be subdivided into as many as 12 units after councillors unanimously approved removal of a planning condition.
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Hounslow Calls for Incisive Action to Achieve Net Zero
Hounslow Council has revealed significant progress on its pathway towards net zero
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Shoosmiths Advises Third Space on New Sites
Shoosmiths has advised Third Space on its acquisition of three new locations in London.
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New Apart Hotel Agreed on Vacant Site Near Stamford Bridge
Hammersmith fully supports the development of the vacant site of the former La Reserve Hotel, 422-426 Fulham Road, not far from Stamford Bridge.
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Paragon Bank Funds £26m for 170 Unit Housing Scheme in Essex
Paragon Bank has entered into a financial agreement with Chase Homes, offering a £26 million package to back a housing project in Saffron Walden, Essex.
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Village Less Than a Mile From ‘London’ Could Double in Size by 2040 if Local Plan Goes Ahead
A Colne Valley village less than a mile from Greater London could double in size by 2040.
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Old Colman’s Mustard Factory Site Redevelopment Unveiled
A disused site where the old Colman’s Mustard factory once stood is set to become a massive housing development.
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Council Asks Residents Where New Homes Should Go
A district council in Hampshire has asked its own residents where houses should be built.
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Permission Granted for 171 Homes in Bury St Edmunds
Located on a 2.84 acre brownfield site, on which a 1950s Gasholder once stood, the 171-home development will provide 68 one-bedroom and 103 two-bedroom apartments
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East of England Development Land Market Remains ‘Steady’ Despite Wider Pressures
Activity in the East of England development land market remains steady and a shortage of supply continues to fuel competition despite average values falling since the start of the year.
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Wixoe Water Hall Farm Land Could Become Solar Farm
Land in Wixoe could be transformed into a solar farm if newly submitted plans are given the green light.
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104 Flat Scheme is Deferred
A decision on plans for 104 homes in Slough High Street have been deferred for a site visit
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The London Mayor Challenges Proposals in the Levelling Up Bill
The Mayor of London is joining organisations from across the planning and housing sectors – including the Royal Town Planning Institute, London Councils, the Local Government Association, the British Property Federation and Shelter 
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Our Experts Respond to Government Plan to Build a Million Homes
The Government statement that its promise of a million new homes during this parliament has prompted reaction from our editorial board.
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Plans Progressing for Carbon-neutral Depot in Ipswich
Ipswich Council’s carbon-neutral depot is set to be in operation by the start 2025, progressing the Council’s net-zero ambitions by 2030.
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Basingstoke Wants Changes over Housing Numbers
The leader of Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council has written to Michael Gove, asking for a meeting about housing numbers.
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Former Thames Water Offices Set to Make Way for Industrial
A 35,000 sq ft office building will be replaced with a similar-sized industrial scheme under plans submitted to Reading Borough Council.  
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Bracknell Office Market Success is Bucking the Trend
The Bracknell office market has seen something of a renaissance since last Autumn.
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We Need Interest Rates to Peak
Last week’s half per cent interest rate rise to five per cent has led to predictions of a housing market collapse.
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Prepare Now for Ten Per Cent BNG
The November implementation date for a minimum 10 per cent biodiversity net gain (BNG) requirement on new developments (with a five-month grace period from the introduction of the BNG mandate for small sites) is fast approaching.
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Show Home Unveiled at Horlicks Quarter
The public can now go inside the Horlicks Factory to view the first show home in the building.
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New Affordable Homes for Hertfordshire
Griggs Homes has handed over a set of affordable homes at the Stables development in Borehamwood.
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Development Land Values Soften in East of England
The long-term prospects for the development land market in the East of England remain positive
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Kingston Start Building the Most Homes in a Generation
Construction is underway on the first of over 2,000 new, sustainable homes as part of the significant regeneration of Cambridge Road Estate in Norbiton.
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Questioning the Unquestionable: What do Possible Changes to Green Belt Policy Mean for the East of England?
Sir Keir Starmer recently announced a Labour government would give local authorities in England greater power to allow houses to be built in the Green Belt
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St James Quay, Norwich Set to Launch
The Hill Group is set to launch its St James Quay scheme in Norwich on Saturday, May 27
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Confidence Remains high Among Housebuilders
Research by Blandy & Blandy suggest high confidence in the Thames Valley property market  
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Wellcome Approves Investment to Triple Size of Genome Campus
Wellcome has approved funding for the first phase in the huge expansion of Genome Campus in Hinxton, set to triple in size
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Affordable Homes Scheme Submitted for Oxford
OX Place, the housing company of Oxford City Council, has submitted plans for 31 affordable low carbon homes
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Will The US Office Market’s Troubles Come Our Way?
Is our office market safe? Alan Bunce argues that watching the goings on in the US could offer an indication of what could happen to the office market – and the wider economy – in the UK.  
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Eastgate Shopping Centre sold to Galliard Homes
The Eastgate Shopping Centre in Basildon, Essex has been sold following a drawn-out administration process
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Are New Highs on the Rental Horizon?
Rare Commercial Property managing director Jonathan Mannings sees a new level of quality coming to the Thames Valley market which could see a new stage in what occupiers will pay.
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East of England Farmland Market Remains Robust
Savills research has found farmland values in the East of England continued to rise in the first three months of this year, with the average price of prime arable land now at its highest in almost a decade.
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Reserved Matters for 188 Home Development in Halesworth
Reserved matters approval for a 188-home development in Halesworth has been approved by East Suffolk Council.
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Housing Numbers: Plenty of Talk but Little Action
How will ministers seek to fulfil the 300,000 home delivery targets and what will that mean for our communities?
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Deal Done for World’s Second Largest Wind Farm off Norfolk
Scottish Power has formalised a £1.3 billion contract with Siemens Gamesa for 95 wind turbines for the East Anglia Three (EA3) offshore wind farm
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Clarion Re-Enters UK Warehouse Market with £52m Acquisition
Clarion Partners Europe has re-entered the UK warehouse market with the £52m acquisition of two distribution warehouses in Peterborough from Equities Property Fund.
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Colliers Reports Record Industrial Take-up in the East of England
Record levels of activity took place in the East of England industrial and logistics market for units sized 100,000+ sq ft in 2022, with occupiers taking up 3.1m sq ft of warehouse space in the region.
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Spring Budget ‘A Missed Opportunity’
A general sense of disappointment greeted Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s Spring Budget when members of the UK Property Forums’ Editorial Panel were asked for their views.
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Mixed-use Leisure Plan for Listed Former Museum Building
Swindon landmark Apsley House is in line for a radical new look after the council agreed to sell it to a developer.
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LandAid’s Cambridge SleepOut Raises Over £20,000
On Thursday, March 2 over 100 property professionals slept out at Cambridge University Rugby Football Club (CURFC) and raised over £20,000 for YMCA trinity.
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1,855 Home Site Sold to Taylor Wimpey
Hallam Land Management (HLM) has completed the sale of a 1,855-plot site in Milton Keynes to Taylor Wimpey  
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8,500 Home Scheme Approved
Six new villages on the outskirts of Harlow have been approved as part of a major project spanning the Hertfordshire and Essex border.
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Hounslow Give Green Light for Regeneration in Brentford
Hounslow Council’s Cabinet has agreed on the business plan for the new homes at Charlton House and Albany House in Brentford, which is part of the Council’s House ambitious housebuilding programme.
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Eastern Towns Exemplar For ‘Good Town Centres’
Examples of good town centres in the East of England were explained to delegates from Berkshire and Oxfordshire at The Forum round table on February 9.
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Land Sales Could Lead to 1,200 New Homes on Edge of Chelmsford
Various parcels of land have gone up for sale on the outskirts of Chelmsford, which could bring 1,200 new homes to the city.
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New Logistics Building Planned for Poyle
Panattoni is drawing up plans for a speculative 80,000 sq ft logistics scheme near Heathrow Airport.
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Dexters acquires Marsh and Parsons
Dexters has acquired award-winning London estate agent Marsh & Parsons from LSL Property Services plc (LSL)
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Winners Announced at the Eastern Echo Awards 2022
Following the inaugural CamPropFest + Eastern Echo Awards event, the winners can now be officially announced.
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Massive Marlow Film Studios Plan Submitted
Plans have been submitted to Buckinghamshire Council for the 167,800 sq m Marlow Film Studios which are expected to create more than 4,000 jobs.
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OxPropFest Awards 2022 Shortlist is Announced
The shortlist has been revealed for the potential winners in the OxPropFest Awards for 2022.
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Alex Aitchison Takes Managing Director Role
A central figure in Lincoln Property’s Station Hill development in Reading has been appointed managing director for the company’s operations in the UK.
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Green light for Thames Enterprise Park
Thurrock Council has granted planning permission to Thames Enterprise Park.
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What Will Become of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc Now?
The Oxford-Cambridge Arc has been defined as a national economic priority area, with potential to become one of the most prosperous, innovative and sustainable economies in the world.
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Dell Departs the Thames Valley
Dell, one of Bracknell’s largest remaining tech companies, has closed its doors for the last time as it prepares to sell its former EMEA head offices through Cushman & Wakefield.
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Flying Start for the Bee House
Around 50 delegates attended the latest UKProp Social event at Milton Park to see the county’s largest co-working space.
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Regeneration Plan Set to Move Forward After Two Decades
The first planning application to redevelop Newbury’s London Road Industrial Estate (LRIE) is to be submitted next year – 20 years after the concept was first envisaged.
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Plans for Further Flats at Great Brighams Mead
The new owner of Great Brighams Mead in Reading is seeking to add 72 Permitted Development (PD) flats to the building.
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John Lewis Plan for Build-to-Rent Homes in Reading ‘Makes Perfect Sense’
John Lewis Partnership’s (JLP) first venture into the Build-to-Rent (BTR) housing market is set to include redeveloping its former collections warehouse off Mill Lane in Reading.
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Vail Williams ‘On an Upward Trajectory’
Vail Williams has announced the election of Danny George as a member of its LLP.
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38,000 sq ft letting at Catalyst Bicester
Evolito has taken units 1 to 3, totalling 38,000 sq ft at Catalyst Bicester.
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Ilke Homes to Build Zero Energy Bills Homes with Octopus Energy
Modular housebuilder Ilke Homes and utilities firm Octopus Energy are set to deliver homes with zero energy bills.
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Find Out Who is up for OxPropFest Awards at our Next Event
The shortlist for this year’s OxPropFest Awards will be revealed at the next UK Property Forums event.
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‘Missed Opportunity’ of New Secondary School
Councillors have approved a new 1,500-capacity secondary school for Reading – but with concerns it is being rushed and fails to meet sustainability objectives.
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Below the Surface: Do Councils Really Understand Property Investment?
Thames Tap’s occasional columnist, the Secret Agent, has gone through the mess some local authorities – including one close to home – got themselves into by investing in commercial property.
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Plan For 91 Flats at Vanwall Business Park
Bellway Homes is seeking to demolish a 30,000 sq ft office building on a Maidenhead business park and replace it with 91 flats.
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Council Offices Set to be Sold or Let
The Observatory House building used by Slough Borough Council is likely to be sold or leased with the authority’s staff relocated elsewhere.
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Shortlists Announced for the Eastern Echo Awards
Following a judges’ meeting last week, a shortlist of entries for this year’s Eastern Echo Awards can now be unveiled.
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Caversham Homes Could Make Way for Retirement Flats
Five more 1930s homes on Henley Road in Caversham may be demolished for a scheme of 59 retirement properties.
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Game-Changer for West London as the Elizabeth Line Opens
The Elizabeth Line opened at 6.30 am on May 24 2022, marking a momentous milestone for the delivery of this ambitious project which will benefit West London and the Thames Valley.
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Slough Stakeholders Say Town is Thriving
Berkeley Homes, which is currently building 1,300 new homes at the former Horlicks Factory site in the centre of Slough, has gathered the views of a host of expert stakeholders on why they support the town.
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Reading Fails in City Status Bid
Reading has failed again in its bid for city status while Milton Keynes has succeeded.
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Uxbridge Social Signals TfL Reset Following the Pandemic
The Uxbridge Social, a first for London West, featured Andy Lord, TfL chief operating officer (COO) , and an expert panel for a lively discussion about the return to work and TfL.
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‘Councils Should be Central to Regeneration Schemes’
Local authorities should be central to helping town centres recover, delegates heard at last week’s UKPropSocial in Newbury.
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‘Little Hope For Planning Reform Anytime Soon’
Politics looks set to stifle planning reform in the view of some of our Thames Tap partners.
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£800 Million Essex – Kent Tramline Could Open by 2030
A tram service under the River Thames linking Kent and Essex could create a greener alternative to the Dartford Crossing, whilst taking pressure off it.
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Savills Reading Team to Move to Forbury Square
Savills has announced its Reading team will move to a new office at Forbury Square.
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Councillors Recommended to Approve Demolition of Adwest Building
Fiercely-contested redevelopment of the art deco former Adwest Engineering building at Woodley has been recommended for approval.
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The Arc Will Triumph
UK Property Forums consultant Hugh Blaza attended Westminster Social Policy Forum’s seminar on the future of the Oxford – Cambridge Arc and sees a future for it – even without Government help.
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Filming to Start this Year at New Wycombe Studios
Filming is due to start this year on a Hollywood production at the new Wycombe Film Studios.
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Developers Struggling to Cope with Housing Demand
High demand for housing and limited stock is leading to soaring land prices, competing buyers and some developers considering halting sales so their building work can catch up.
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Maidenhead United Stadium Plan Takes a Major Step Forward
Maidenhead United’s plan to move to a new stadium has taken a leap forward after the club announced it has reached agreement to acquire the proposed new site.
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Milton Park to Unveil New Co-Working Space
Milton Park is about to unveil a new £12.4 million co-working space
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The Eastern Echo Awards: Submission Deadline Looming!
Entries for the inaugural Eastern Echo Awards programme are open, with a deadline for entries in all categories being Friday, May 6.
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GBP200m Clarendon Centre Redevelopment Approved
The £200 million redevelopment of Oxford’s Clarendon Shopping Centre has been unanimously approved by the city council.
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Caversham Park Scheme Submitted
Plans for redevelopment at Caversham Park House in Reading have been submitted to the council.
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What Will the Drone Superhighway Deliver Us?
The drone industry as a whole is definitely at the start of its technology curve with the future significance they have to play in our day-to-day lives still relatively unknown.
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Questions Raised Over the Future of Teddington Police Station
Challenging questions about the future of Teddington Police Station have been raised in Parliament by Munira Wilson MP and City Hall by Caroline Pidgeon.
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Reading Metropolitan Approved Amid Fears Over the Economy
Hermes’ plans for 620 homes and office, retail and community space in Caversham Road, Reading have been approved – with a warning that the scheme must progress quickly.
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Bespoke 49,000 sq ft Lab Building Completed at Oxford Technology Park
Construction work has been completed on a 49,000 sq ft R&D building for The Native Antigen Company (TNAC) at the new Oxford Technology Park.
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Brentford Estate Regen Welcomed by Residents Given the Nod
The London Borough of Hounslow has submitted and approved plans to demolish an entire estate in Brentford High Street to make way for 209 new homes.
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Drone Superhighway Scheme Proposed
A drone superhighway has been proposed which will link Reading, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Coventry, and Rugby in the biggest transport revolution for centuries.
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Plans for 291 Flats and Leisure Scheme in Cambridge Postponed
A decision on plans for 291 flats, a 202-bed aparthotel, swimming pool, gym and microbrewery in Cambridge has been postponed due to lack of affordable housing.
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New Children’s Hospital Given the Go-Ahead
The new Cambridge Children’s Hospital has been granted planning permission by Cambridge City Council’s Planning Committee, where it was unanimously approved.
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Forum Proposed to Help Deliver Oxford’s Transport Revolution
A new forum is to be proposed to try to win public support for the radical transport measures coming to Oxford.
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Holly House Chiswick Sets Out to Defy its Objectors
New proposals from Starbones Ltd and SimpsonHaugh architects for a 90 metres high, 23 storey mixed-use tower on Chiswick Roundabout will transform the brownfield site.
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126 Homes Set to Replace Bracknell Town FC Ground
Bracknell Town FC’s Larges Lane ground could be redeveloped for 126 flats under plans which go before councillors on Thursday (March 24).
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VSL is acquired by CBRE
Oxfordshire’s best known independent property consultant has become part of one of the world’s largest.
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Sale and Leaseback Plan as Vodafone Offloads Space at Newbury
Vodafone has instructed Colliers to undertake a sale and leaseback of its Newbury head offices.
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1,000 More Homes and School Set to go Ahead at Northstowe
Councillors at South Cambridgeshire District Council have given outline planning permission for 1,000 more homes and a primary school at Northstowe new town.
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Oxford United Stadium Plans Take Another Step Forward
Oxford United’s plans for a new stadium have moved a step closer after councillors agreed to enter negotiations over a lease on land at Stratfield Brake.
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Mountbatten House ‘will be the best building on the M3 corridor’
Work is due to start this year on one of the region’s most remarkable office refurbishment projects.
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Oxford United Stadium Plans Set to Progress
Oxford United’s plans to build a new stadium at Stratfield Brake, Kidlington look set to move forward.
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Slough Set to have to Sell £600m of Assets
Councillors in Slough face having to agree to sell off £600 million worth of assets as the council seeks to balance its books.
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Reading Golf Club Scheme Recommended for Approval
Reading Golf Club’s plans for 223 homes at its former course at Emmer Green go before councillors on Wednesday (March 2) with a recommendation for approval.
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New Views and Video of Green Park Station
New aerial views, including video, of Reading’s Green Park Station have been published by the council.
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Syon Lane Future Seeks Support for Planning Inspectorate Consultation
The Berkeley Group is seeking support for the proposed redevelopment at Syon Lane, following opposition from local residents' group OWGRA and Conservative councillors.
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Newbury Masterplan Welcomed – But Who Will Pay?
Newbury’s town centre masterplan has been welcomed by experts we asked – but with reservations about how the improvements will be funded.
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Nike Expands its Footprint at the London Designer Outlet
London Designer Outlet (LDO) has today announced that global sportswear brand Nike is set to increase its footprint at the centre by more than two thirds.
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Green light for Babraham Research Campus Expansion
Babraham Research Campus has been granted planning permission to construct a new office and laboratory building and expand its Cambridgeshire Campus.
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Reading Fights to Keep Royal Berks in Town
Deputy leader of Reading Borough Council (RBC) Cllr Tony Page has voiced concern over the possible future relocation of the Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH).
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900 Homes Planned for Reading
Consultation is about to start over plans for 900 homes to replace most of Forbury Retail Park in Reading.
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Cambridge City get grants for new Sawston stadium
Cambridge City has been awarded grants totalling more than half a million pounds to help build a new floodlit 3G pitch at their new stadium in Sawston.
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Another Step Forward for Oxford North
A reserved matters application has been submitted for an access street and the first of three public parks in the first phase of the Oxford North development.
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Revised plans for the Stag Brewery Regeneration
Reselton Properties, the developers of the Stag Brewery Regeneration in Mortlake, have resubmitted plans following the refusal by the Mayor of London (July 21).
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Join us for OxProp Summit
UK Property Forums consultant Hugh Blaza unveils our first major event of the year – OxProp Summit – to be held in conjunction with Oxford City Council.
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Work Starts on Waterbeach to Milton Link Improvements
Work has started to improve walking and cycling links running alongside the A10, from Denny End Road to Ely Road, Milton.
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Green light for Darwin Green 1
Carter Jonas has secured planning permission on behalf of Barratt and David Wilson Homes (Eastern Counties) for the delivery of 410 homes.
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Reading Town Centre Site Acquired by AEW UK
A mixed-use site in Reading town centre has been acquired by AEW UK’s Core Property Fund for £9 million.
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Station Hill ‘Will Tackle Supply Crunch Coming to Reading Town Centre’
The One Station Hill building will help address a supply crunch coming to Reading town centre, delegates heard at the first UK Prop Social event of 2022.
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Wokingham Fights for Planning Reform
The leader of Wokingham Borough Council has written to Michael Gove to fight for a shake-up of the national planning system.
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165-home Pincents Lane Scheme Refused
Plans for up to 165 homes at Pincents Lane in Calcot have been unanimously thrown out by West Berkshire Council.
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Record GBP4 Billion Investment into South East Office Market in 2021
Knight Frank has reported that South East office market saw a record-breaking £4.02 billion in investment turnover in 2021.
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New Letting Fills SEGRO Park, Bracknell
Construction has begun on the final plot at SEGRO Park Bracknell, following agreement of a pre-let to an unnamed online retailer.
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OUFC Plan Deferred to March to Allow Public Engagement
A four-week public engagement is to begin before Oxfordshire County Council will seek to open negotiations over relocating Oxford United to the proposed new site at Kidlington.
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Shortlist of Five to Compete for Begbroke Regeneration
A shortlist has been drawn up of five teams competing to masterplan the massive Begbroke Science Park redevelopment in Kidlington, Oxfordshire.
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New Neighbourhood Plan Pilots for Oxfordshire
Two southern Oxfordshire councils have won funding to support a pilot scheme for neighbourhood planning.
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Brentford FC aim for the Top Training Facilities
In December 2021, the Hounslow Council Planning Committee reviewed a planning development proposal from Brentford FC for a premiership standard training ground.
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£50m Commitment for New Vaccines Building
A new vaccines research centre is to be built at Oxford University after funding of £50 million was secured.
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Oxford United Announces Site for Proposed New Stadium
A site has been located for a possible new stadium for Oxford United Football Club.
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Cambridge International Technology Park Plans Rejected
Plans for Cambridge International Technology Park have been rejected by councillors over its impacts on traffic and the landscape
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Work Starts on Mega MMC Factory
Construction has started on Weston Homes’ new MMC factory in Braintree, Essex.
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Forecasts and Challenges for 2022
The continued dominance of the life sciences sector, a dysfunctional planning system, further pressures on the housing market and optimism for the post-pandemic world.
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Optimism vs Uncertainty and Delay for 2022
The ‘dysfunctional’ planning system and general uncertainty were among the fears of our experts when we asked their thoughts on the outlook for 2022.
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SEGRO’s Mixed-use Commercial Building Wins Council Support
Councillors in Slough have unanimously approved SEGRO’s plans for a seven-storey building which will have a mix of commercial uses.
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Richmond Install Innovative Air Quality and Traffic Sensors
Richmond Council is one of the first London Boroughs to install new Breathe London air quality sensors in priority locations across Richmond upon Thames.
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Planning Granted for 421 More Homes in Marleigh
Full matters planning has been given to housebuilders The Hill Group and Marshall for phase two of their joint venture (Hill Marshall LLP) at Marleigh.
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Radical New ECMWF Building for Whiteknights Site
Weather service to move to Reading University's Whiteknights campus.
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Global Health Security Consortium Buys into Key Oxford Site
A prime scientific property in Oxford has been acquired by the Lawrence J Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine as a base for the Global Health Security Consortium.
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Swindon’s Oasis Centre Dome Wins Grade II Listing
The famous dome at Swindon’s Oasis Leisure Centre has won Grade II listing – thwarting plans for its redevelopment.
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Thames Tap: Major Occupiers Eye Station Hill Space
Technology, pharmaceutical, professional services firms and serviced office providers have all shown interest in moving to Station Hill.
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Thames Tap: Sir Robert McAlpine appointed for Station Hill
Station Hill developer Lincoln MGT has announced Sir Robert McAlpine (SRM) as the main contractor for the phase two of the £750 million scheme.
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Eastern Echo: Spotlight on Westminster – December 2021
DevComms Director Charles Bushe provides an update on everything of note that MPs across Essex and Cambridgeshire have been up to over the past month…
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Thames Tap: ‘A New Level in Office Accommodation’
The UK’s first development to have BREEAM Outstanding, Fitwel three-star and RESET Air accreditation, has been launched at Thames Valley Park
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Thames Tap: 350 homes planned for the Newbury-Basingstoke border
Bewley Homes has submitted plans for 350 properties, a community building, a health & wellbeing centre and convenience store at Wash Water, Newbury.
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Eastern Echo: Jaynic forward funds a shed with CBRE for £19.35m
Property developer Jaynic has forward funded a 76,000 sq ft shed at Suffolk Business Park, Bury St Edmunds, pre-let to Hermes Parcelnet Ltd.
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London West: One Portal Way, Acton Towers Ahead
The Old Oak Common Planning and Development Corporation (OPDC) has received a hybrid planning application
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Eastern Echo: Plans for St John’s Innovation Park get green light
The plans for St John’s Innovation Park have been approved by Cambridge City Council.
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Thames Tap: Royal Berks Hospital could be on the move
Reading’s Royal Berkshire Hospital could be relocated to a site close to Thames Valley Science Park
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