So near but yet so far…pre-application community involvement (part 1)

So near but yet so far…pre-application community involvement (part 1)

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Journal | No Comments

As part of our commitment to collaborative working and community engagement, we are continuing not just to promote more and better pre-application community involvement but also to demonstrate how it can and, we believe, should be done. This month Jeff has an article published in the Town and Country Planning Journal that draws on some […]

Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Journal | No Comments

“…thank you very much indeed for all your help which we couldn’t have managed without” Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Chew Valley Neighbourhood Development Plan becomes the most recent of the Plans which we have been involved in supporting to proceed to referendum which will take place today (February 16th). The seven Chew Valley […]

What next for neighbourhood planning…learning from Swanick

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Journal | No Comments

There are probably lots of lessons to be drawn from the first failed Neighbourhood Plan referendum, in Swanwick in Derbyshire, and the story in the public domain probably illuminates only the tip of the iceberg of that story. But one question is obvious: how did they ever reach the point that a patently unsupportable plan […]

What next for neighbourhood planning…and support from local authorities?

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Journal | No Comments

Research shows that the average Parish Plan is built on several hundreds of days of voluntary community time. A Neighbourhood Plan is far more demanding. So, even allowing for some groups securing consultant support, the community input must be close to several hundred more. If an authority has, say, 10 plans currently on their way, […]

What next for neighbourhood planning… as austerity takes hold?

Posted by on Jan 15, 2017 in Journal | No Comments

As promised this is first of a few journal posts on neighbourhood planning drawing on the work we are doing in this area. First up we thought we would explore austerity and neighbourhood planning as it looks as though the days of ‘wine and roses’ for these community-led plans are well and truly over and […]

What next for neighbourhood planning?

What next for neighbourhood planning?

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Journal | No Comments

We have been really busy over the past year with our work supporting communities to write Neighbourhood Development Plans. At the end of October last year, residents of the village of Sonning Common in South Oxfordshire voted overwhelmingly for their Neighbourhood Plan to be made following a referendum. We were really pleased to see the […]

Happy New Year!

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Journal, neighbourhood planning | No Comments

What a year 2016 was…from the passing of David Bowie to the election of Trump!! For the Place team it was a busy one that included the arrival of a baby girl for Katie and the birth of a book (Bristol through Maps) for Jeff! 2017 promises to be a good year with the team […]

Neighbourhood Plan referendum gets an overwhelming YES!

Neighbourhood Plan referendum gets an overwhelming YES!

Posted by on Dec 10, 2016 in Journal, neighbourhood planning | No Comments

As Neighbourhood Plans must go out to referendum – the final hurdle before they can be made – it’s so important to go above and beyond the basic consultation requirements to really ensure community support and ownership of the plan. With our support Sonning Common did just that… At the end of October this year, […]

Bristol through Maps

Bristol through Maps

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Journal | No Comments

In his spare time away from Place Studio (PS. How come he has time – Ed.?), Jeff has written and now published a book entitled ‘Bristol Through Maps’. It is probably unique because, although there are many books on maps, they are either historical or just include maps. Jeff’s book includes – and he writes […]

£1.8 Million funding secured for Bath landscape

Posted by on Nov 13, 2016 in Journal | No Comments

Our work with Bath and North East Somerset Council to scope out and develop a proposal for the a ‘Green Setting’ project brought together a wide range of stakeholders and kicked off a successful funding bid. We were really pleased to hear from our client that on November 5th the Heritage Lottery Fund announced that […]