Not one, but two projects shortlisted for a planning award

3rd September 2020Journal

RTPI South West Awards for Planning Excellence 2020 We recently submitted two projects to the RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute) South West Awards, so we were as pleased as punch that both were shortlisted! The South West Awards for Planning Excellence celebrate projects and people who have helped create exceptional places and improved the lives…

Milestones…

19th June 2020Journal

This week, Place Studio turns ten years old! We can’t believe a decade has passed since we set up our business here in Bristol. Whilst we had been planning an exciting field trip (and prosecco!) to mark the occasion, we are all still celebrating this happy milestone from home.  Appropriately, we are spending some time…

Enhancing Tree Coverage through a Neighbourhood Plan

13th May 2020Journal

As the Woodland Trust points out, trees are critical for the future of the planet and for our own wellbeing, health and happiness. The protection of existing trees alongside an aim to increase tree coverage in the Parish was a core objective of the Cam Neighbourhood Plan, a large village and parish in Stroud District.…

Neighbourhood Planning during the Coronavirus Pandemic – Referendums

9th April 2020Journal

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all referendums are now cancelled until May 2021. We have worked with a number of Neighbourhood Plans that are now stuck in this limbo period. Although it is frustrating not to proceed to the final hurdle of ‘making’ or adopting the plan with the referendum for the next year, updated…

Place Studio Shortlisted for RTPI Award!

17th February 2020Journal

We have been shortlisted as Small Planning Consultancy of the year for the Royal Town Planning Institute Awards 2020. The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence are the longest-running awards in our industry and we are honoured to be shortlisted alongside some excellent small consultancies – tough competition! We won back in 2015 and would be…

Building Better, Building Beautiful: Yes, but not quite!

12th February 2020Journal

The report of the government’s Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission is now out and there’s some good news and some bad news. Let’s start with the good news, and hold your breath about that word ‘beauty’ that we Brits are almost embarrassed to use (though we seem happy with ‘ugly’). Rather than starting off the…

Maps, Books and Collaborative Planning

15th May 2019Journal

Giving communities a greater voice in all areas of planning is a key theme for Place Studio. More and better community engagement is, in our view, crucial in strategic plan-making as well as development management (through pre-application engagement). It is also central to neighbourhood planning. We have promoted both the principle and practice of genuine…

Neighbourhood Planning and the Revised NPPF

22nd August 2018Journal

We have been familiarising ourselves with the recently updated National Planning Policy Framework, especially in relation to Neighbourhood Planning. We are pleased to see the importance of Design Quality being reinforced, with the NPPF highlighting that ‘Neighbourhood plans can play an important role in identifying the special qualities of each area and explaining how this…

Your Neighbourhood Plan is ‘made’! It’s the end of the beginning…

20th July 2018Journal

Once made, a Neighbourhood Plan becomes part of the planning authority’s suite of Local Development Documents. In principle, this gives any Neighbourhood Plan as much status in determining applications as the Local Plan. The hard work, examination and referendum are over and your community now has a made Neighbourhood Plan – well done! But that is not the end;…