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  • Alliance Planning Merged with WYG Planning

    I am delighted to announce that on 10th Sept 2014 we completed a merger with WYG Planning that will bring together two highly regarded planning consultancies. ...

    posted on 12 September 2014 by Gerald Sweeney in News

  • Imperial War Museum Consent Secured!

    Consent has just been granted for the conversion of the redundant Officers' Mess at Duxford Airfield to serviced office accommodation. The Mess had been redundant for over 15 years and had been a 'problem' building for its owners, the Imperial War Museum...

    posted on 29 August 2014 by Chris Surfleet in News

  • Matthew Walton to Take Part in the Great North Run

    In August 2014 Alliance began a year-long partnership with the charity Dreams Come True. ...

    posted on 28 August 2014 by Matthew Walton in Charity

  • London Infrastructure Plan

    The Mayor of London has today launched a consultation into London's first long-term infrastructure plan; 'London 2050, Bigger and Better'. The consultation on the proposals will run for three months before a report is published in early 2015...

    posted on 30 July 2014 by Jonathan Rowlatt in Infrastructure & Logistics

  • 22 May 2014 Local Election Results - Focus on London

    The results of last week's local elections has resulted in a more Labour dominated political map for London, as well as the rest of England...

    posted on 29 May 2014 by Sarah Evans in News

  • Summary Guide to Use Classes Order and General Permitted Development Order (as amended)

    As part of the Government's Localism Agenda, a package of measures have been introduced to reduce perceived red tape. This includes a multitude of changes to the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) 1995 (as amended) to form new permitted development rights affecting offices, retail shops...

    posted on 29 April 2014 by Dawn Adams in Development Planning & Policy

  • Spring Budget 2014 - Planning Highlights

    George Osborne has introduced a number of planning amendments intended to stimulate the economy. These include...

    posted on 19 March 2014 by James Donlon in News

  • Team Alliance Brave Surrey Half Marathon 2014

    Steve, Laura, Alan and James took part in the Surrey Half Marathon on 9 March. ...

    posted on 19 March 2014 by Steve Fidgett in Charity

  • Government Announces Launch of Planning Practice Guidance Web-Based Resource

    The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) launched the Planning Practice Guidance web-based resource on 6th March 2014 and for the first time, Planning Practice Guidance is now available entirely online in one place...

    posted on 06 March 2014 by Sarah Butterfield in News

  • New Amendments to the 2010 CIL Regulations

    Recent amendments to the CIL Regulations came into force on Monday, 24 February 2014.  Some of the notable changes may be summarised as follows...

    posted on 25 February 2014 by Sarah Evans in News

  • Alliance Planning at MIPIM 2014

    Alliance Planning will be attending MIPIM 2014 represented by Jeremy Pyatt, Jim Bailey and Matthew Walton. We'd be delighted to meet up with you during the event.  

    posted on 19 February 2014 by Matthew Walton in News

  • Alliance kicked off 2014 with the London Planning Seminar at InterContinental, Westminster

    Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods, Shadow Communities and Local Government Minister opened the evening's discussions, considering the changes to the UK planning system and what issues or improvements are being considered if Labour were to win the election in 2015...

    posted on 29 January 2014 by Alan Hannify in News

  • Draft Further Alterations to the London Plan

    The Mayor of London has published his Draft Further Alterations to the London Plan, which are open for public consultation until the 10th of April. The catalyst for publishing these amendments has been the rapid population increase between 2000 and 2011, significantly  above that predicted by...

    posted on 17 January 2014 by Jonathan Rowlatt in News

  • Heritage Consultant wanted for East of England Office

    Further to the establishment of a heritage service in our East of England office in 2013, we are now looking for a Heritage Consultant to support our increasing workload. The role would be based in our East of England office, but would offer advice to all our planning teams. Current projects involve...

    posted on 02 January 2014 by Chris Surfleet in News

  • Legal Challenge on Office to Residential Permitted Development Rights is Lost

    The legal challenge to the Government's decision to relax planning rules, allowing conversions of office to residential premises without the need for planning permission, has been lost today (20/12/2013). The challenge was led by Islington Council, and supported by Camden and Richmond upon...

    posted on 20 December 2013 by James Donlon in News

  • London Boroughs CIL Update

    As of December 2013...

    posted on 20 December 2013 by Sarah Evans in News

  • Consultation on New Heritage Provisions Launched

    A consultation has just commenced (16th December) on the detailed provisions for Heritage Partnership Agreements and local listed building consent orders, as part of the enactment of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act. The consultation runs until 27th January 2014...

    posted on 18 December 2013 by Chris Surfleet in News

  • Key Planning Points from the National Infrastructure Plan - published 04/12/2013

    The National Infrastructure Plan has been published ahead of tomorrow's Autumn Statement, including some planning and development measures. These form part of a new package of planning measures focussed in particular on further improvements to speed up the end-to-end process which will be...

    posted on 04 December 2013 by No record in alliance_staff_tbl for No record in alliance_staff_tbl for 'staff.name' is not a column in 'blogPost' module (getNormalFieldValues) in News

  • East of England off to a flying start!

    The new Alliance East of England office celebrated its first three months of business with an endurance karting event at Daytona Milton Keynes. 42 racers enjoyed a superb autumn evening racing around the international circuit for 1.5 hours. A variety of existing and new clients took turns to post...

    posted on 25 October 2013 by Chris Surfleet in News

  • Amendment to Appeal Process

    An amended appeal process is now in force for all forms of appeal, which essentially limits the ability for appellants to submit their appeal at the last minute. The process is now heavily front-loaded and requires the submission of the full Statement of Case (and Statement of Common Ground for...

    posted on 23 October 2013 by Jonathan Rowlatt in News

  • The London Plan - Minor Changes

    The Mayor of London has published his Revised Early Minor Alterations (REMA) document, as formal alterations to the London Plan. These need to be read in conjunction with the London Plan and are effective now...

    posted on 18 October 2013 by Jonathan Rowlatt in News

  • RTPI Young Planners' Conference 2013

    Leeds was the host city for this year's RTPI Young Planners' Conference where planning professionals from across the UK headed to discuss and debate the conference theme 'Planning out of the recession' on the 11th-12th October...

    posted on 17 October 2013 by n/a in News

  • No More CAC

    Provisions came into force on the 1st October which remove the requirement to apply for Conservation Area Consent (CAC). Rather than being regarded as 'permitted development', full planning permission will now be required for demolition works in a Conservation Area. This will avoid duplication and...

    posted on 17 October 2013 by Chris Surfleet in Office

  • London Property Summit

    Nick Boles addressed the London Property Summit today and referred to the current era as 'London's Golden Age', referring to London under Boris's leadership, the development of some iconic edifices and widespread regeneration turning some of the long term problems in key areas of the...

    posted on 17 October 2013 by Steve Fidgett in News

  • Boris Issues New Energy Guidance

    From 1 October 2013, the Mayor will apply the 40% carbon reduction target (beyond Part L of Building Regulations 2010) as set out in London Plan Policy 5.2 for the period 2013-2016. This target will apply to all applications received by the Mayor on or after 1 October 2013...

    posted on 02 October 2013 by n/a in News

  • Have you any

    Well I hope so, especially if you are looking for planning permission for a residential scheme.  At today's national HBF conference, guest speaker Nick Boles MP (Planning Minister), said that he wanted to see house builders pass a new 'Family and Friends' test.  This was not one he was...

    posted on 25 September 2013 by Keith Fenwick in News

  • New Planning Guidance Resource Launched

    Following on from the March 2012 consolidation of 40 national policy guidance documents into a more manageable, 47-page National Planning Policy Framework document, Planning Minister Nick Boles has today (28 August 2013) announced consultation on a new National Online Planning Guidance Resource...

    posted on 29 August 2013 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Planning Take Part in the Great North Run

    Steve and Matt will be taking part in The Great North Run half marathon on 15 September...

    posted on 20 August 2013 by n/a in News

  • Prematurity and Planning - New Guidance on its way...

    During last week's debate on Localism in Planning, the ever topical Nick Boles said...

    posted on 23 July 2013 by Alan Hannify in News

  • Government Announces Controversial Plans To Allow Offices To Be Converted To Homes Without The Need For Planning Permission

    Planning minister Nick Boles today said that new rules to introduce permitted development rights for change of use from B1(a) offices to C3 residential purposes will come into force on 30 May 2013...

    posted on 09 May 2013 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Planning at MIPIM 2013

    Alliance Planning will be represented at MIPIM 2013 by Steve Fidgett and Matt Walton. If you want to meet up, please contact sdf@alliance-plan.co.uk or mattheww@alliance-plan.co.uk.

    posted on 08 March 2013 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Planning welcomes Jeremy Pyatt

    Jeremy Pyatt has joined Alliance Planning as Director and will be establishing a new Office for the company in Milton Keynes...

    posted on 07 February 2013 by n/a in News

  • Outline Applications - A Stress Free Solution?

    There are new rules afoot that are intended to reduce the amount of information necessary for outline planning applications. As part of the Coalition Government's on-going attempts to simplify the planning system the amendments will reduce the information required for outline planning applications...

    posted on 15 January 2013 by n/a in Development Planning & Policy

  • Young Planners Seminar - CIL Update

    Last night the Young Planners West Midlands hosted their final event of 2012 – a seminar on the Community Infrastructure Levy. The seminar was the first event organised by the new chair of YP West Midlands, Emma Evans of Alliance Planning...

    posted on 07 December 2012 by n/a in Development Planning & Policy

  • Government's New Plan for Housing & Growth

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    posted on 07 September 2012 by n/a in Office

  • Improving Planning Performance in Scotland - We have had the carrots and now comes the big stick!

    Improving the performance of Scottish local authorities in relation to performing their statutory planning functions has been a central issue ever since change to the Scottish planning system was first floated as an idea a decade ago. Culture change remains a key aspiration of the Scottish...

    posted on 08 August 2012 by No record in alliance_staff_tbl for No record in alliance_staff_tbl for 'staff.name' is not a column in 'blogPost' module (getNormalFieldValues) in Development Planning & Policy

  • Scotland - Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill

    The Scottish Government, with perhaps more than half an eye on what has already happened in England, are currently consulting on a new Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill. This Bill has three parts: (1) increasing the role that communities have in local decision-making, including how local...

    posted on 06 August 2012 by No record in alliance_staff_tbl for No record in alliance_staff_tbl for 'staff.name' is not a column in 'blogPost' module (getNormalFieldValues) in Development Planning & Policy

  • Final Lap in Race to Abolish Regional Spatial Strategies

    All of those interested in planning matters are aware of the Government's long-standing intention to abolish Regional Strategies outside London. The Policy was part of the Coalition Agreement and many will recall that the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles sought to expedite it by making the...

    posted on 30 July 2012 by Richard Cooke in Development Planning & Policy

  • On Friday 13th... Alliance Planning Struck it Lucky!

    Alliance Planning's Birmingham office attended last week's West Midlands RTPI Summer Ball for an evening of dinning and socialising, only to find themselves being called on stage to be awarded the regional Consultancy of the Year Award 2012. The award was presented by the RTPI President and award...

    posted on 17 July 2012 by Kamaldeep Saini in News

  • Lies, damn lies and statistics (qv Disraeli)

    There are a lot of very interesting facts and figures in the NPPF Impact Assessment, which explains the reasons behind the Government's new policies in the NPPF (a bit like a bonus DVD with footage taken behind the scenes...

    posted on 13 July 2012 by Jim Bailey in Office

  • The Nooks and Crannies of CIL

    An interesting note via Southwark and their queries with the GLA giving an interpretation of CIL Regulations.  It deals with...

    posted on 22 June 2012 by Keith Fenwick in Development Planning & Policy

  • Guide to the Local Development Framework Process

    With the introduction of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended), all Local Authorities were required to replace their Local Plans with a Local Development Framework (LDF). The LDF is used in the same way as the Local Plan, but is made up of a number of documents rather than a...

    posted on 20 June 2012 by n/a in Development Planning & Policy

  • Brownfield sites in the Green Belt - a new area of opportunity.

    The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has been in force for a couple of months now and some of the changes to the planning regime that didn't hit the headlines are starting to rise to the surface...

    posted on 28 May 2012 by Jim Bailey in Office

  • Rose Tinted Spectacles

    "But isn't everything here green?" asked Dorothy...

    posted on 09 May 2012 by Steve Fidgett in Office

  • Planning for a Missed Opportunity?

    Can't help feeling that now the dust has settled on the NPPF, what a missed opportunity it is. Having set out with bold intentions, in the usual process of politics and lobbying, seen many times before, Ministers have so watered down the document and its key message of growth, that it is...

    posted on 09 May 2012 by Steve Fidgett in Office

  • West Midlands LDF Monitor Published

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    posted on 30 April 2012 by n/a in Office

  • So Just What Does Positive Planning Actually Mean?

    I received an email from a project team member recently in respect of a development proposal which appears to have got caught up in a miasma of post-committee resolution inaction. It was late on a Friday, and they wrote...

    posted on 20 April 2012 by Keith Fenwick in Development Planning & Policy

  • Mayor's Community Infrastructure Levy

    The Mayor of London's Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) came into effect on 1st April 2012. The Mayor's CIL will be applied to new development and extensions across Greater London and the levy will be collected by the Boroughs once development commences. The Levy will also apply to...

    posted on 04 April 2012 by Alan Hannify in Office

  • The Cost of Further Reform? - Consultation on Proposed Increase to Scottish Planning Fees in 2012

    Scottish Planning Minister Derek Mackay delivered an address to Scottish Parliament on 28 March 2012 launching a range of reports and consultation papers under what was termed “Planning Reform: The Next Steps”.  The published papers represent a mix between a call for suggestions on...

    posted on 30 March 2012 by No record in alliance_staff_tbl for No record in alliance_staff_tbl for 'staff.name' is not a column in 'blogPost' module (getNormalFieldValues) in Office

  • London LDF Monitor Published

    More useful than a 'Monitor Lizard', Alliance Planning's London Office have produced an LDF Monitor identifying the Policy Document stages reached by all London Borough Councils and the GLA.  In a rapidly changing policy environment, Core Strategies, CIL Charging Schedules, and Development...

    posted on 29 March 2012 by Keith Fenwick in Office

  • Is the NPPF the "Holy Grail" developers have been seeking?

    The Government has today published a National Planning Policy Framework, which replaces over 1,300 pages of guidance with just 59. Jim Bailey, Director at Alliance’s Guildford office, has given the Framework an initial overview...

    posted on 27 March 2012 by n/a in Office

  • Revolutionary Planning?

    Premier League followers will know that André Villas-Boas recently became the latest managerial casualty of the impatient regime, which has characterised Chelsea Football Club in recent years. The premature departure of this promising managerial prodigy follows the sacking of a number of...

    posted on 19 March 2012 by No record in alliance_staff_tbl for No record in alliance_staff_tbl for 'staff.name' is not a column in 'blogPost' module (getNormalFieldValues) in Office

  • Scotland's new Electricity Generation Policy Plan shares its bounty with the sassanachs

    Continuing with its aspiration to be the 'greenest' country in Europe, the Scottish Government are currently consulting on its Electricity Generation Policy Plan. Not only does this set some high targets for renewable energy generation, but also has community ownership of at least part of this...

    posted on 19 March 2012 by No record in alliance_staff_tbl for No record in alliance_staff_tbl for 'staff.name' is not a column in 'blogPost' module (getNormalFieldValues) in Office

  • MIPIM Blog

    Another Alliance year at MIPIM bites the dust and it seems that the bright light of Cannes don't lose their lustre for many of the investors, developers, agents and advisers who attend.  The developers and many of the local authorities seemed thinner on the ground than perhaps in days gone by...

    posted on 12 March 2012 by Steve Fidgett in Office

  • Novel Approach to Affordable Housing

    Alliance Planning’s Birmingham office, working with client Lone Star Land Ltd have gained planning approval for a highly innovative residential application.  Alliance had applied in a single application for 4 large market houses on a rear garden site adjoining but outwith the defined...

    posted on 08 March 2012 by n/a in News

  • Key Birmingham Gateway set for Redevelopment

    The redevelopment of the 1960's Auchinleck House and Five Ways shopping centre in Birmingham has been approved unanimously at planning committee in Birmingham.  The BPRA (Business Premises Regeneration Allowance) scheme proposed a major leisure/retail based redevelopment of this key Birmingham...

    posted on 08 March 2012 by n/a in News

  • Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) has arrived at last!

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    posted on 17 February 2012 by Jim Bailey in Development Planning & Policy

  • Continued Reform of the Feed-In Tariff (FITS) Scheme

    Following the earlier announcement in January about new rates for solar installations, further consultation documents have been issued today by the DECC, which supplement their earlier announcement on solar and starts a consultation process on FITS for all other renewable technologies. The biggest...

    posted on 09 February 2012 by No record in alliance_staff_tbl for No record in alliance_staff_tbl for 'staff.name' is not a column in 'blogPost' module (getNormalFieldValues) in Development Planning & Policy

  • Guildford Property Seminar

    Alliance Planning joined forced with TFT (Tuffin Feraby Taylor) and Redwood Finance Group to update property developers and allied professionals on recent and upcoming changes to the property sector, including energy efficiency, funding and planning policy. The event was well attended by circa 100...

    posted on 03 February 2012 by n/a in News

  • Judicial review in Scotland (and maybe England) should hopefully soon not empty your pockets.

    Third party rights of appeal have never quite gone away in Scotland with the Government always conscious that although many of the changes have helped third party involvement in the planning process, there are still situations where decisions warrant challenging and in the past the cost of judicial...

    posted on 01 February 2012 by No record in alliance_staff_tbl for No record in alliance_staff_tbl for 'staff.name' is not a column in 'blogPost' module (getNormalFieldValues) in Development Planning & Policy

  • 2012 sees new era for those persuing Professional Accreditation

    Like many young planners it was a huge relief receiving confirmation that I had passed my Assessment of Professional Competence, although for many back in late 2011 there remained uncertainty over what the whole process entailed, with some even delaying their submissions until further clarity was...

    posted on 25 January 2012 by Emma Evans in Office

  • New Education Centre Approved in Berkshire

    Alliance Planning in Guildford has secured planning permission from the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead for change of use of a disused office over shops in the High Street in Sunninghill. The office had been empty for more than 12 months and had generated no interest from office occupiers in...

    posted on 03 January 2012 by n/a in News

  • Domestic Wind Turbines - Permitted Development in Conservation Areas

    In a move proposed to demonstrate the Government's Green Credentials, a major exemption has been given to those seeking to erect domestic wind turbines or install solar panels in Conservation Areas.  Whilst other land (Listed Buildings, Scheduled Monuments, National Parks, etc.) are subject to...

    posted on 29 November 2011 by Mark Walton in Office

  • Domestic Wind Turbines - Permitted Development in Conservation Areas

    In a move proposed to demonstrate the Government’s Green Credentials, a major exemption has been given to those seeking to erect domestic wind turbines or install solar panels in Conservation Areas.  Whilst other land (Listed Buildings, Scheduled Monuments, National Parks, etc.) are...

    posted on 29 November 2011 by n/a in News

  • Government's Housing Strategy for England: Laying the Foundations

    The Government have now launched their aptly titled Housing Strategy for England, 'Laying the Foundations', which includes help for home buyers, help for housebuilders, improving fairness in social housing, support for the private rented sector and action on empty homes...

    posted on 22 November 2011 by No record in alliance_staff_tbl for No record in alliance_staff_tbl for 'staff.name' is not a column in 'blogPost' module (getNormalFieldValues) in Development Planning & Policy

  • Localism Bill 2011

    Royal Assent has now been announced which means we now have a Localism Act. The final form of the Localism Bill (which will shortly be published as the Localism Act) can be found at: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/lbill/2010-2012/0100/2012100.pdf

    posted on 16 November 2011 by n/a in Development Planning & Policy

  • Localism Bill Update

    Royal Assent has now been announced which means we now have a Localism Act. The final form of the Localism Bill (which will shortly be published as the Localism Act) can be found at: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/lbill/2010-2012/0100/2012100.pdf

    posted on 16 November 2011 by n/a in News

  • Midland Metro Seminar

    On Thursday 10th November, Alliance Planning along with representatives from Centro and Birmingham City Council presented to members of the West Midland’s Young Planners’ group on the Midland Metro Extension which is set to transform public transport in Birmingham City Centre in the...

    posted on 15 November 2011 by n/a in News

  • Expedition Snowdon!

    Well done to Emma Evans in our Birmingham Office who successfully completed her Snowdon charity walk on Saturday 12th November...

    posted on 15 November 2011 by n/a in News

  • Planning For The Future Seminar

    Alliance Planning Director, Jim Bailey, will be speaking at the 4th annual Field Seymour Parkes Property Seminar at 4pm on 10th November at the Madejski Stadium in Reading. He will be speaking about the Localism Bill and the controversial draft National Planning Policy Framework. Other speakers will...

    posted on 10 November 2011 by n/a in News

  • A New House in the Country

    An interesting letter from the Scottish Chief Planner has been published today that suggests that occupancy conditions on new housing in the countryside should be avoided. The letter states that whilst these are popular with planners, the current economic situation means that people faced with them...

    posted on 09 November 2011 by No record in alliance_staff_tbl for No record in alliance_staff_tbl for 'staff.name' is not a column in 'blogPost' module (getNormalFieldValues) in Office

  • Young Planners Conference: Return to Core Values or Lawyers Paradise?

    Along with colleagues from Alliance I had the pleasure of attending the excellent RTPI Young Planners Conference in Birmingham on Friday and Saturday of last week.  The Conference is an annual opportunity for young planners from across the UK to gather and consider the planning issues of the...

    posted on 24 October 2011 by Richard Cooke in Office

  • Lunch with the RTPI President

    As part of the RTPI Presidents visit to the UK/ Ireland Planning Research Conference, Alliance Planning welcomed Richard Summers (the current President) to the region at a lunch hosted by the Alliance, Birmingham Office. The chair of the West Midlands Young Planners’ group was also in...

    posted on 13 October 2011 by n/a in News

  • Wigs on the Shelf in Scotland

    The latest annual review by the Department for Planning and Environmental Appeals is gloomy reading for advocates and planning solicitors with only 32 of the 258 planning appeals for 2010-2011 being considered at an oral hearing, and even then many of these were single issue hearings with no chance...

    posted on 10 October 2011 by No record in alliance_staff_tbl for No record in alliance_staff_tbl for 'staff.name' is not a column in 'blogPost' module (getNormalFieldValues) in Development Planning & Policy

  • Tory Conference Fringe Meetings

    Our man in the blue hat, Christian Holliday, has been attending a number of Tory Party Conference fringe meetings being held in Manchester this week. The meetings included the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) Fringe Meeting attended by CLG Minister Bob Neill MP and TCPA...

    posted on 03 October 2011 by n/a in News

  • Let's. Play. Darts!

    Last night Alliance Planning Birmingham attended a darts tournament hosted by WSP...

    posted on 28 September 2011 by n/a in News

  • Change of Use Permission Secured for Jumpa Fitness in Bagshot, Surrey

    Alliance Planning in Guildford has secured planning permission for change of use of a vacant two-storey B1 use office building in Bagshot, Surrey to create a D2 use dance and fitness studio for Jumpa Fitness...

    posted on 27 September 2011 by n/a in News

  • Audit Scotland gives new Scottish planning system a C - could do better!

    Audit Scotland issued its findings on the all new Scottish planning system on the 15th of September and rather gloomy reading they are too. Scotland now has fewer planning application (down by 29% in the last 6 years) that are dealt with more slowly than ever and yet cost more to process. Progress...

    posted on 20 September 2011 by No record in alliance_staff_tbl for No record in alliance_staff_tbl for 'staff.name' is not a column in 'blogPost' module (getNormalFieldValues) in Development Planning & Policy

  • Closing the barn door after it's bolted

    Alliance Planning (Guildford Office), has this week obtained planning permission to regularise the position of a barn in Streatley, West Berkshire...

    posted on 20 September 2011 by n/a in News

  • Housing Need?

    Over my lunchtime scan of the planning portal news (a tasty cheese ploughman's sandwich if you are interested), I was taken by the reported scrap between the HBF and CPRE.  It's been hard not to miss it in the national press as well, with radio and TV coverage this week, and now the Daily...

    posted on 02 September 2011 by Keith Fenwick in Development Planning & Policy

  • Promotions Announced at Alliance

    Alliance Planning are pleased to announce seven promotions across the firm’s four UK offices. ...

    posted on 01 September 2011 by n/a in News

  • NPPF/Village Greens/Adequacy of Reasons

    Estates Gazette have once again 'blogged' Alliance Director, Keith Fenwick's thoughts – this time on the above.  Read the full Blog here

    posted on 04 August 2011 by Keith Fenwick in Development Planning & Policy

  • London Plan Adopted

    Keen eyed readers will have noted the Beatles tribute carefully hidden on the front page of the London Plan.  Others, will have just skipped past this to the content, which is now formally adopted. It replaces the London Plan (consolidated with alterations since 2004) which was published in...

    posted on 01 August 2011 by Jonathan Rowlatt in Development Planning & Policy

  • Birmingham Office Staff Gain Professional Accreditation

    Alliance Planning is pleased to announce that Birmingham team members Ben Taylor and Emma Evans have both successfully passed their Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), gaining full accreditation to the Royal Town Planning Institute...

    posted on 01 August 2011 by n/a in News

  • Section 75 Planning Obligations

    In a statement which adds crystal clarity to the use of planning agreements in Scotland, the Chief Planner has written to all Heads of Planning in Scotland to clarify that a planning agreement entered into prior to the 1st of February 2011 can be the subject of an application to modify or discharge...

    posted on 29 July 2011 by No record in alliance_staff_tbl for No record in alliance_staff_tbl for 'staff.name' is not a column in 'blogPost' module (getNormalFieldValues) in Development Planning & Policy

  • Draft National Planning Policy Framework Published for Consultation

    After more leaks than a Welsh vegetable show, the Government has finally published its Draft National Planning Policy Framework for formal consultation http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/1951747.pdf. The development industry at large is generally receiving this as a very...

    posted on 27 July 2011 by Keith Fenwick in Development Planning & Policy

  • The Death of Localism?

    It may be to early to be calling the death of Localism, but is the widespread leaking of the impending consultation draft National Planning Policy Framework another nail in the coffin? Or is it just another carefully judged way of securing comment prior to the release of the final document? Who...

    posted on 20 July 2011 by Steve Fidgett in Development Planning & Policy

  • Planning Fees

    Keith Fenwick has updated his thoughts on planning fees, in a blog posted on the Estates Gazette web site, follow this link, for the latest news and thought;   http://www.estatesgazette.com/blogs/midlands-property/  

    posted on 15 June 2011 by Keith Fenwick in Development Planning & Policy

  • CALA 3 - What does it all mean now?

    “Pyrrhic – adj. (of a victory) won at too great a cost to be of use to the victor&rdquo...

    posted on 06 June 2011 by n/a in News

  • CALA 3 - What does it all mean now?

    “Pyrrhic – adj. (of a victory) won at too great a cost to be of use to the victor&rdquo...

    posted on 27 May 2011 by Keith Fenwick in Office

  • RTPI Chief Executive Visits Birmingham

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    posted on 23 May 2011 by n/a in News

  • Community Infrastructure Levy Relief

    One document which does now start to provide additional detail on CIL is the Community Infrastructure Levy Relief: Information Document (DCLG May 2011) – this is a MUST READ for every developer, although be warned, you will need your lawyer, accountant and tax advisor to guide you through. The...

    posted on 18 May 2011 by Keith Fenwick in Development Planning & Policy

  • Community Infrastructure Levy Relief

    Community Infrastructure Levy Relief...

    posted on 16 May 2011 by n/a in News

  • A Window on CIL

    Some detail (although not as much as you might have wished for) is starting to emerge on how the Government intends to operate the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).  Some of the detail we already know (a tariff based system, to be applied across a wider range of proposals to address...

    posted on 09 May 2011 by Keith Fenwick in Development Planning & Policy

  • Examination in Public (EiP) Report into the draft London Plan released

    Tuesday the 3rd May finally saw the release of the Inspectorate's Examination in Public (EiP) Report into the draft London Plan and with it, an updated indication of the plan's final iteration when it is approved later this year...

    posted on 09 May 2011 by Jonathan Rowlatt in Development Planning & Policy

  • A Window on CIL

    Some detail (although not as much as you might have wished for) is starting to emerge on how the Government intends to operate the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).  Some of the detail we already know (a tariff based system, to be applied across a wider range of proposals to address...

    posted on 09 May 2011 by n/a in News

  • ALLIANCE PLANNER ELECTED TO GUILDFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL

     ...

    posted on 09 May 2011 by n/a in News

  • Examination in Public (EiP) Report into the draft London Plan released

    Tuesday the 3rd May finally saw the release of the Inspectorate’s Examination in Public (EiP) Report into the draft London Plan and with it, an updated indication of the plan’s final iteration when it is approved later this year...

    posted on 09 May 2011 by n/a in News

  • Scottish Liberal Democrats Manifesto - Scottish Election 2011

    The Scottish Liberal Democrats Manifesto supports "a flexible and well-resourced planning and development regime to help speed up consents, reflect local views and allow quicker decisions for businesses who want to invest in Scotland", although there is no mention of how this will be...

    posted on 05 April 2011 by No record in alliance_staff_tbl for No record in alliance_staff_tbl for 'staff.name' is not a column in 'blogPost' module (getNormalFieldValues) in Office

  • Scottish Conservative Manifesto - Scottish Election 2011

    The Scottish Conservatives would give planning a Cabinet level Minister, wish to see a greater emphasis on economic growth in planning policy and would require Scottish Water to give specific support to developers and self-builders by requiring them to complete required work within three months of...

    posted on 05 April 2011 by No record in alliance_staff_tbl for No record in alliance_staff_tbl for 'staff.name' is not a column in 'blogPost' module (getNormalFieldValues) in Office

  • Hold that Wrecking Ball!

    The Court of Appeal has today ruled that demolition is a project within the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive...

    posted on 25 March 2011 by No record in alliance_staff_tbl for No record in alliance_staff_tbl for 'staff.name' is not a column in 'blogPost' module (getNormalFieldValues) in Development Planning & Policy

  • Hold that Wrecking Ball!

    The Court of Appeal has today ruled that demolition is a project within the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive...

    posted on 25 March 2011 by n/a in News

  • Communities and Local Government puts pressure on Councils following the Budget

    Following the Budget, Greg Clark MP, Minister for Decentralisation, set out the key tasks Councils should undertake as soon as possible to encourage growth and enterprise, including...

    posted on 24 March 2011 by Christian Holliday in Office

  • Budget Implications for Planning and Property

    George Osbourne's second budget includes proposals to reduce Corporation Tax by 2% from this April and establish 21 Enterprise Zones to encourage growth.  There will be a requirement on planners to 'prioritise growth and jobs', £100 million for potholes and a...

    posted on 24 March 2011 by Christian Holliday in Office

  • Affordable Housing in Scotland

    As a further measure to try to kick-start the housing sector, the Chief Planner has recently written to all Heads of Planning in Scotland suggesting that under current fiscal conditions, and correspondingly lower levels of public subsidy, they should give consideration to how best to deliver future...

    posted on 21 March 2011 by No record in alliance_staff_tbl for No record in alliance_staff_tbl for 'staff.name' is not a column in 'blogPost' module (getNormalFieldValues) in Development Planning & Policy

  • Are You Listening Mr Pickles?

     ...

    posted on 18 March 2011 by Keith Fenwick in Development Planning & Policy

  • Are You Listening Mr Pickles?

    The 17th March saw the publication of the House of Commons: Communities and Local Government Select Committee’s report on the ‘Abolition of Regional Strategies’. Regular readers of the Alliance Newsletter will know that this has become one Planning’s most vexed issues in...

    posted on 18 March 2011 by n/a in News

  • Planning Obligations

    The 1st of February saw a major change in Scotland with commencement of Section 23 of the Planning etc (Scotland) Act 2006. This brings into everyday planning language in Scotland the concept of planning obligations and unilateral obligations, something that English planners are already well used to...

    posted on 14 February 2011 by n/a in Development Planning & Policy

  • Guidance on the use of compulsory purchase: a consultation paper

    Following a year of consultation events, the Scottish Government has now issued two new draft circulars on the use of compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) in the hope that in providing new and easy to understand advice CPOs might become a commonly used proactive tool rather than a seldom used reactive...

    posted on 14 February 2011 by n/a in Development Planning & Policy

  • New Guildford Office Director

    Alliance Planning is delighted to announce the appointment of Jim Bailey as a Director at the Guildford office. Jim who has 25 years experience of the UK planning system said...

    posted on 14 February 2011 by n/a in News

  • Planning Fees - The Elephant creeping up...

    Not so much the 'Elephant in the Room', as the 'Elephant Creeping Up Rapidly Behind You'– is the topic of Planning Application Fees.  You may have missed the consultation paper issued in the run up to Christmas, but Local Authorities have not.  The intention is that from April 2011...

    posted on 10 February 2011 by Keith Fenwick in Development Planning & Policy

  • Planning Fees - The Elephant creeping up...

    Not so much the ‘Elephant in the Room’, as the ‘Elephant Creeping Up Rapidly Behind You’– is the topic of Planning Application Fees.  You may have missed the consultation paper issued in the run up to Christmas, but Local Authorities have not.  The intention...

    posted on 10 February 2011 by n/a in News

  • Second Cala Homes Challenge Fails

    Cala Homes has lost its legal challenge to overturn the Government's position that the forthcoming withdrawal of Regional Strategies should be a 'material consideration&rsquo...

    posted on 07 February 2011 by n/a in News

  • Second Cala Homes Challenge Fails

     ...

    posted on 07 February 2011 by Christian Holliday in Development Planning & Policy

  • Mark Walton installed as Chair of RTPI West Midlands

    Mark Walton was officially inaugurated as Chair of RTPI West Midlands on 31 January at the first Regional Activities Committee meeting of the year. The role lasts for a calander year.   ...

    posted on 03 February 2011 by n/a in News

  • Alliance's Iain Hynd Elected as Convenor of the RTPI West of Scotland Chapter

    Iain Hynd of Alliance Planning’s Glasgow Office has been elected as Convenor of the RTPI West of Scotland Chapter for 2011, following his role last year as Vice Convenor and two years as Communications Convenor. The West of Scotland Chapter represents the largest RTPI membership of the...

    posted on 21 January 2011 by n/a in News

  • Localism Bill Published in Full

    The Localism Bill 2010-2011 has now been published in full and is divided into volume 1: clauses and volume 2: schedules. The document can be viewed in full by following the link below. http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2010-11/localism/documents.html

    posted on 14 December 2010 by Emma Evans in Development Planning & Policy

  • Implementation of Planning etc. (Scotland Act 2006)

    It was announced today that Sections 23,24 and 28 of the Planning etc (Scotland) Act 2006 will commence on 1 February 2011. These deal with planning obligations, good neighbour agreements and tree preservation orders respectively. Regulations have also been laid before Parliament to implement the...

    posted on 14 December 2010 by No record in alliance_staff_tbl for No record in alliance_staff_tbl for 'staff.name' is not a column in 'blogPost' module (getNormalFieldValues) in Development Planning & Policy

  • Localism Bill White Paper Issued

     ...

    posted on 13 December 2010 by Gerald Sweeney in Development Planning & Policy

  • RTPI's 12 Questions on Localism

    The RTPI has announced today that it will use the following twelve questions to examine and subsequently judge the effectiveness of the forthcoming Localism Bill. I wonder which questions do people feel are likely to gain greatest weight when local people come to assess the Bill's potential for...

    posted on 08 December 2010 by Gerald Sweeney in Development Planning & Policy

  • Alliance Planning Continues to Rise Above the Crowd

    We are delighted to report that Alliance Planning has been recognised in this year’s Planning Consultancy Survey, in which we are now well into the Top 30 of all national planning consultancies, some fifty places higher than six years ago.  We have also continue to recognised as...

    posted on 26 November 2010 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Director completes placement at Scottish Government Offices

    Paul Houghton, our Director in Scotland, has just finished a two day placement at the Scottish Government in Edinburgh. As well as meeting many of the staff in the Department of the Built Environment, Paul was also able to sit down with Scotland's Chief Planner, Jim Mackinnon, for a chat. Paul's...

    posted on 26 November 2010 by No record in alliance_staff_tbl for No record in alliance_staff_tbl for 'staff.name' is not a column in 'blogPost' module (getNormalFieldValues) in Development Planning & Policy

  • Warning! Brave New World approaches...

    A little of the Fog that has shrouded the Coalition's proposals for the World of Planning was lifted last week, with Greg Clark's speech on the forthcoming changes to planning...

    posted on 22 November 2010 by Keith Fenwick in Development Planning & Policy

  • Alliance invited onto Estates Gazette, Virtual Panel

    Alliance’s Birmingham Office Director, Keith Fenwick, was recently asked to comment on a range of Localism issues for Estates Gazette.  Whilst the finished article published in the 20th November edition of EG was necessarily brief to meet publishing guidelines, you can read both it and...

    posted on 22 November 2010 by n/a in News

  • Power to the people, but no coal please.

    The Scottish Government's target is to meet 80 per cent of electricity demand in Scotland from renewables by 2020 and to say no to nuclear. This has now be supplemented, seemingly, by a no to coal policy as well, with reports today that it has withdrawn its previous tacit support for a new coal fire...

    posted on 22 November 2010 by n/a in News

  • So this is Localism?!

    Perhaps it is not the first piece of current consultation legislation to jump out at you from the slowly building avalanche of documents – but if you want to know what radical localism looks like in practice, then the rather dully entitled “Proposals for Changes to planning application...

    posted on 16 November 2010 by n/a in Development Planning & Policy

  • So this is Localism?!

    Perhaps it is not the first piece of current consultation legislation to jump out at you from the slowly building avalanche of documents – but if you want to know what radical localism looks like in practice, then the rather dully entitled “Proposals for Changes to planning application...

    posted on 16 November 2010 by n/a in News

  • Planning Application Fees in Scotland

    At present, planning application fees in Scotland are much lower than elsewhere. This is set to change, however, with the Scottish Government's recent paper  in relation to this and from the flavour of the responses to the consultation released today. A quick review of the councils who...

    posted on 12 November 2010 by No record in alliance_staff_tbl for No record in alliance_staff_tbl for 'staff.name' is not a column in 'blogPost' module (getNormalFieldValues) in Development Planning & Policy

  • Alliance attends Planning Summit

    Alliance was recently represented at a Planning Summit hosted by DLA Piper in Birmingham. The session was part of RTPI President Anne Skippers’ visit to the Region and gave a timely opportunity for discussion following publication of the Government’s ‘Local Growth’ White...

    posted on 09 November 2010 by n/a in Development Planning & Policy

  • Cala Homes wins High Court case over RSSs. Copy of judgment, link to Government's response and Chief Planner's Letter attached.

    Hot foot from the High Court this morning comes the not unexpected news that CALA Homes have won their argument with the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, that his revocation of the Regional Strategies was unlawful...

    posted on 10 November 2010 by n/a in News

  • Alliance attends Planning Summit

    Alliance was recently represented at a Planning Summit hosted by DLA Piper in Birmingham. The session was part of RTPI President Anne Skippers’ visit to the Region and gave a timely opportunity for discussion following publication of the Government’s ‘Local Growth’ White...

    posted on 09 November 2010 by n/a in News

  • Alliance welcomes the RTPI President to Birmingham.

    Alliance Planning was part of a group that welcomed the RTPI President, Ann Skippers, to the West Midlands Region on Tuesday 2nd November 2010...

    posted on 08 November 2010 by n/a in News

  • Big Schemes or Incremental Growth (Little or Large)?

    Scotland, like the rest of the UK, is awash with mega-schemes, major regeneration schemes such as Edinburgh Waterfront and Clyde Gateway and more new villages and urban expansion areas than you can shake a stick at. However, they have all stalled. There is currently no funding available (private or...

    posted on 05 November 2010 by No record in alliance_staff_tbl for No record in alliance_staff_tbl for 'staff.name' is not a column in 'blogPost' module (getNormalFieldValues) in Development Planning & Policy

  • The Scottish Planning System - One Year On

    Following the first anniversary of the main provision of the Scottish Planning system in August, there have been a whole host of meetings and seminars allowing practitioners to reflect on the good, the bad and the ugly. This has proved to be an interesting exercise, although the volume of new (...

    posted on 05 November 2010 by No record in alliance_staff_tbl for No record in alliance_staff_tbl for 'staff.name' is not a column in 'blogPost' module (getNormalFieldValues) in Development Planning & Policy

  • Chinese ask for Alliance advice

    Mark Walton, Alliance Planning Associate Director, has just returned from presenting at a two day conference in Beijing. The conference reviewed and debated the Chinese Government's draft amendments to the 'Demolition and Eviction in Urban Areas – Planning Management Rules'. The draft...

    posted on 03 November 2010 by Gerald Sweeney in Office

  • Spending Review Summary

    There were a number of key announcements made as a consequence of the Government's Spending Review announced today that have ramifications for the planning system and the property market as a whole. These are set out below...

    posted on 21 October 2010 by No record in alliance_staff_tbl for No record in alliance_staff_tbl for 'staff.name' is not a column in 'blogPost' module (getNormalFieldValues) in Development Planning & Policy

  • The 'Localism' Agenda and what it might mean

    The speed at which Regional Policy was removed and the current removal of Agencies and Quangos has created justifiable concern.  The result may be the same but the manner in which the Government is seeking to stamp its authority on planning is of concern.  The current watershed in approach...

    posted on 12 October 2010 by Gerald Sweeney in Development Planning & Policy

  • Low Carbon Renewable Energy Centre Proposal

    Alliance has been instructed to prepare the UK's first Low Carbon Renewable Energy Centre at Eco Sustainable Solutions in Dorset.  The porposals comprise a 30ha Solar Energy Park and two new Anaerobic Digestion Plants, which will add to the proposals already in planning and due for...

    posted on 12 October 2010 by n/a in News

  • Community Engagement

    The political landscape has changed dramatically since the Coalition Government was elected in May 2010. As part of the Coalition Government's radical reform of the planning system it is seeking to introduce a consolidated National Planning Framework and the Localism Bill, which will set a new...

    posted on 07 October 2010 by No record in alliance_staff_tbl for No record in alliance_staff_tbl for 'staff.name' is not a column in 'blogPost' module (getNormalFieldValues) in Development Planning & Policy

  • Another Energy Instruction

    A UK leading operator of food waste to energy has instructed Alliance Planning to prepare and submit a planning application for an anaerobic digestion plant.  Once operational it will transform 45,000 tonnes of food waste per annum into agriculural fertilizer and generate 2MW of sustainble...

    posted on 05 October 2010 by n/a in News

  • Steve Fidgett Abseils for Charity

    Steve Fidgett, the MD of Alliance Planning, recently abseiled 34 floors off London’s Guys Hospital Tower for the charity MPD Support. At over 450 feet up, it’s believed to be Europe’s tallest hospital building...

    posted on 30 September 2010 by n/a in News

  • CLG Quangos to be Abolished on leaked list to BBC

    A list of Quangos to be abolished, or are under threat of being abolished, has been leaked to the BBC.  The Communities and Local Government Quangos to go include the IPC, Olympic Park Legacy Company and Housing and Planning Advice Unit.  The Planning Inspectorate will remain, whilst no...

    posted on 28 September 2010 by n/a in News

  • New Planning Advice Notes For Scotland

    Two new Planning Advice Notes (PANs) have recently been published in Scotland: Affordable Housing and Housing Land Audits (PAN 2/2010); and Community Engagement (PAN 3/2010...

    posted on 21 September 2010 by No record in alliance_staff_tbl for No record in alliance_staff_tbl for 'staff.name' is not a column in 'blogPost' module (getNormalFieldValues) in Development Planning & Policy

  • Birmingham Office Move

    Another week and another new office address, this time for the Birmingham Office.  As you expect, we are very pleased to announce that our Birmingham Office has relocated to the larger 3rd Floor space of 54 Hagley Road, Birmingham, just a five minute walk from Brindleyplace, Broad Street. ...

    posted on 21 September 2010 by n/a in News

  • New Planning Advice Notes for Scotland

    Two new Planning Advice Notes (PANs) have recently been published in Scotland: Affordable Housing and Housing Land Audits (PAN 2/2010); and Community Engagement (PAN 3/2010...

    posted on 21 September 2010 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Bags a New Waste to Energy Instruction

    Alliance is being appointed along with WSP Environment and Energy to assist in the discharge of planning conditions related to a consented Waste to Energy development at Baddesley, Warwickshire.  This follows a previous instruction from Merevale Estates where Alliance secured planning consent...

    posted on 15 September 2010 by n/a in News

  • London Office Move to New Address

    Alliance Planning in London has moved their West End Office to new offices in St James’s, at the heart of the City of Westminster, in a move that reflects their business growth and confidence that the London and South East economy is continuing to develop. ...

    posted on 07 September 2010 by n/a in News

  • Government makes revisions to PPS3

    The Coalition Government has today altered PPS3 on Housing to remove private residential gardens from the definition of ‘previously developed land’, commonly referred to as ‘brownfield’ land. The change also excludes parks, recreation grounds and allotments from the...

    posted on 09 June 2010 by n/a in News

  • Housing Numbers

    Removing Regional Targets does not remove Housing Need.  Shelter (the homelessness charity) identified 1.76m households on Council waiting lists in April 2008, with a further 0.5m in overcrowded accommodation.  At a time of recognised housing shortage, abandoning the delivery policy of any...

    posted on 04 June 2010 by Keith Fenwick in Urban Regeneration

  • Alliance Planning achieves significant Renewable Energy Permission

    Alliance Planning has secured planning permission for a major low carbon energy facility in Warwickshire, after a Call In Inquiry was held on the basis of its significance in national planning policy terms...

    posted on 11 March 2010 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Planning secure change of use Permission

    Alliance Planning have secured a second planning permission this year for Prestbury Investment Holdings Limited, at 77 Cornhill in the City...

    posted on 11 March 2010 by n/a in News

  • Extension to time limits and minor modification applications - reduced fees (England)

    The House of Lord’s last night passed amendments to the Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) Regulations 1989. The amendments provide for reduced fees to be paid when applying to extend the time limits for an extant planning permission or when applying to...

    posted on 26 February 2010 by n/a in News

  • Top Marks as College Redevelopment Approved

    Alliance has been successful in securing outline planning permission for the redevelopment of the Chilton Trinity Technology College in Bridgwater, working in close partnership with the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Team at Somerset County Council (the Client...

    posted on 12 February 2010 by n/a in News

  • PPS 4 Release

    PPS 4 – What You Need To Know...

    posted on 07 January 2010 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Planning Christmas 2009

    2009 - WHAT A YEAR...

    posted on 07 December 2009 by n/a in News

  • ALLIANCE PLANNING RISE UP PLANNING SURVEY TABLE

    Alliance Planning has made significant strides in the last year and this is reinforced in the 2009 Planning Consultancy Survey, collated by Planning Magazine. They have jumped seven places to 32nd in the ‘Leading Employers of Chartered Town Planners’ Table, from a total of 141 companies...

    posted on 01 December 2009 by n/a in News

  • Planning Update November 2009

    Welcome...

    posted on 25 November 2009 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Planning Update: The London Plan - Consultation Draft Replacement Plan

    The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has published the draft replacement London Plan setting out his vision and strategy to make London the ‘best big city on earth&rsquo...

    posted on 20 October 2009 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Planning appoint new Director to lead London Office

    Alliance Planning has made a key appointment to its growing London team. Haydn Payne has joined as a Director to help head the London office which focuses on business within London and the M25...

    posted on 09 October 2009 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Planning win 33,000 sq ft office building appeal

    Alliance Planning, the UK wide planning consultancy, has won an appeal for a part three/part four storey office building of 33, 531 sq ft (3,115 sq m) for Henry Boot (London). The site is in Oldfield Road, Maidenhead...

    posted on 07 October 2009 by n/a in News

  • Planning Permission win for largest hotel in Bournemouth

    Alliance Planning, the UK wide planning consultancy, has secured planning permission for the development of what will be the largest hotel in Bournemouth, with 205 bedrooms...

    posted on 07 October 2009 by n/a in News

  • Extension To The Life Of Planning Permissions Confirmed Planners' Maths: Making 3 Go Into 5!

    After a flurry of well publicised Government activity over the summer months (Community Infrastructure Levy consultation, Eco Town ‘winners’, Regional Strategy proposals etc), moves to introduce two small but significant changes to the day to day operation of the Development Control...

    posted on 17 September 2009 by n/a in News

  • Alliance appears at Chinese public participation conference

    Mark Walton has recently returned from a conference in Beijing where he had been invited to present a paper setting out examples of public participation events undertaken by Alliance Planning together with a paper on the role of Planning Aid in the UK Planning...

    posted on 16 September 2009 by n/a in News

  • Green energy in the Green Belt gets the green light

    The GOWM confirmed today that the SOS does not wish to 'call in' a 2.5MW green energy generation facility in the West Midlands Green Belt at Cocksparrow Lane, Cannock. The planning application for H.E.Humphries Ltd, prepared by Alliance Planning who also acted as agents, includes the construction of...

    posted on 07 September 2009 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Planning Appointed to Promote New Bournemouth Hotel

    Alliance Planning, the UK wide planning consultancy have been appointed by McAleer and Rushe to promote an application for a new 205 bedroom hotel as the first part of the St Paul’s Square Development in Bournemouth...

    posted on 22 July 2009 by n/a in News

  • Affordable Housing Outline Planning Permission secured on Green Belt Land

    Alliance Planning, the UK wide planning consultancy, has secured outline planning permission from Guildford Borough Council for 14 affordable housing units on Green Belt land adjoining the village of West Clandon, Surrey, together with new garaging and visitor parking...

    posted on 09 July 2009 by n/a in News

  • Proposed Extension of Life Planning Permissions Welcomed

    The Government is proposing to extend the commencement period for existing planning permissions for large scale development schemes beyond the current three year limit.  On the 18th June a consultation document was launched seeking comments on amending the planning regulations to allow...

    posted on 19 June 2009 by n/a in News

  • June Alliance Planning News

    This edition (June 2009) of Alliance Planning Newsletter covers the release of the South East Plan and a review of the 'new' Scottish System.  There is also a link through to a summary of the English and Welsh system...

    posted on 10 June 2009 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Planning LDF Framework

    Local Development Frameworks (LDFs) were introduced by central Government in 2004 as part of comprehensive changes to the plan making system.  Since that time, each local planning authority (LPA) has begun preparing a LDF for their administrative area...

    posted on 05 June 2009 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Planning Minerals News

    “Welcome to our Minerals News Update. In this edition we have highlighted the planning opportunities which arise from significant landbank shortfalls across the country, and the implications of the Mine Waste Directive. We hope you find the newsletter informative. If you require further ...

    posted on 18 May 2009 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Planning win instruction for residential inquiry

    Alliance Planning, the UK wide planning consultancy, has secured an instruction to submit an appeal and lead a major public inquiry for 42 residential units at Rydens Way, Woking, on behalf of Lacey Simmons Ltd...

    posted on 06 May 2009 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Planning secures important approval for DSA

    Alliance Planning, the UK wide planning consultancy, has won a public inquiry relating to a proposed Driving Services Agency (DSA) motorcycle testing complex (sui generis) and B1-B8 development on allocated employment land in Poole, Dorset. This appeal win is the first major appeal decision since...

    posted on 30 April 2009 by n/a in News

  • New Planning Appeal Procedures

    New Planning Appeal Procedures...

    posted on 01 May 2009 by n/a in News

  • Green Light for Hotel and Office Development in Chesterfield

    Planning Permission has been granted for a hybrid planning application submitted to Chesterfield Borough Council for land at Lockoford Lane, Chesterfield. Alliance Planning, the UK wide planning consultancy, worked as planning advisors for the scheme in conjunction with Mike Harris of Carey Jones...

    posted on 27 February 2009 by n/a in News

  • Affordable Housing Application Submitted

    The Guildford office has today submitted a planning application for affordable housing to Guildford Borough Council in the village of West Clandon, Surrey. The site is situated in Green Belt land adjacent to the settlement boundary. This Rural Exception Site would deliver much needed...

    posted on 27 February 2009 by n/a in News

  • Alliance appointed for Strategic Waste Monitoring Study

    Alliance Planning in association with consultancy Beyond Waste have been appointed by the South East England Regional Assembly (SEERA) and the South East Regional Technical Advisory Body for Waste (SERTAB) to prepare an inaugural Regional Strategic Waste Monitoring Report for the South East of...

    posted on 27 February 2009 by n/a in News

  • Planning Fees to rise in Wales

    Anyone working on proposals in Wales should be aware that planning application fees will rise from April this year. Legislation is currently being drawn up by the Welsh Assembly Government and it is expected that some fees could double. Further details are expected in the next few weeks.

    posted on 27 February 2009 by n/a in News

  • The Things I know by Steven Fidgett

      To view the article by Steven Fidgett published in Planning please click the link below:  

    posted on 20 February 2009 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Planning Gets Go Ahead on Minehead Hospital

    Alliance Planning, the UK wide planning consultancy, has been working on behalf of West Somerset Council, Somerset Primary Care Trust and Somerset County Council to secure reserved matters approval for Minehead Hospital and associated infrastructure works as part of the ‘New Horizons&rsquo...

    posted on 09 February 2009 by n/a in News

  • Canley Outline Planning Application Submitted

    Alliance Planning has submitted an application for outline planning permission in connection with the Canley Regeneration Project on behalf of Coventry City Council...

    posted on 16 January 2009 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Planning Open's New Glasgow Office

    Alliance Planning, the national planning consultancy, has bucked the current trend of downsizing and has opened its new Glasgow Office this Friday January 16.  The Office will be headed up by a new Director, Paul Houghton, who joins Alliance from Turley Associates where he was operational...

    posted on 16 January 2009 by n/a in News

  • Keith Fenwick (Director) joins the Birmingham Office

    Alliance welcomes another new starter in 2009.  Keith Fenwick joins us as a Director from the leading commercial property developer Castlemore Securities, where he has worked for the last 3 ½ years as their Planning Manager on schemes as diverse as the redevelopment of West London&...

    posted on 13 January 2009 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Planning and WSP - Permission Won - Help Secure 8million of National Coalfields Programme Funding for Heritage Country Park

    WSP Group, the global multidisciplinary consultancy, and Alliance Planning, the national planning consultancy, have, on behalf of BIRSE Civils and Stoke on Trent City Council, successfully secured planning permission for the creation of a Heritage Country Park at the former Chatterley Whitfield...

    posted on 04 December 2008 by n/a in News

  • Summary of Changes to Permitted Development

    Alliance Planning in associate with Mitchell Evan Partnership have produced a short brochure that summarises the recent changes (1st October 2008) to the General Permitted Development Order, which governs what householders and business can do to their properties without planning permission...

    posted on 08 December 2008 by n/a in News

  • Thames Gateway - Consent Granted

    The London office of Alliance Planning, the national planning consultancy, have achieved planning permission for a major regeneration scheme in the Thames Gateway. ...

    posted on 18 November 2008 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Planning Secures Approval for Vauxhall Sky Gardens Development

    On behalf of Frasers Projects, Alliance Planning have secured planning permission from the London Borough of Lambeth for a mixed-use scheme on Wandsworth Road, Vauxhall...

    posted on 12 November 2008 by n/a in News

  • Planning Bill to be amended

    Following concerns raised by the House of Lords, the Planning Bill currently making its way through Parliament is to be amended.  The proposed Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) will now be calculated on local infrastructure needs and economic viabilty,  rather than on the increase in...

    posted on 07 November 2008 by n/a in News

  • Changes to Permitted Development took effect on 1st October 2008

    Following changes to Permitted Development rights, the Planning Portal has launched an interactive guide to assist householders and building professionals to become familiar with the changes to the regulations...

    posted on 27 October 2008 by n/a in News

  • Appointment to the Planning Advisory Service Framework 2008-2011

    Following an extensive and hard fought tendering process, I am pleased to announce that Alliance has been appointed to the three-year Planning Advisory Service (PAS) Framework. With funding from the DCLG, PAS supports local planning authorities across England in improving their performance and...

    posted on 27 October 2008 by n/a in News

  • 06 October 2008 - War of the Worlds' Pub Gets New Lease of Life

    Alliance Planning, the Guildford based national planning consultancy, has won a public inquiry for 11 flats on the site of a (vacant) pub called the College Arms in Woking...

    posted on 06 October 2008 by n/a in News

  • Living with Minerals 3 Conference - Monday 3rd November 2008

    Alliance Planning, the national planning consultancy, are pleased to announce their sponsorship of the Living With Minerals3 Conference on Monday November 3 at the QEII Conference Centre, London...

    posted on 23 October 2008 by n/a in News

  • Alliance secures a 129,000ft2 open B2 Building in Staffordshire Green Belt

    South Staffordshire District Council has issued a lawful development certificate for a proposed building in the Green Belt that required Alliance to present planning evidence on historic uses and activities spanning 40 years including the demolition of the original building.  The case had to...

    posted on 22 October 2008 by n/a in News

  • 15 August 2008 - Surrey Reservoir Sand and Gravel Extraction Granted

    Alliance Planning, the national planning consultancy, has obtained planning permission for a development package involving the removal of the breakwater baffle in the Queen Mary Reservoir, in the Surrey Green Belt...

    posted on 15 August 2008 by n/a in News

  • 15 August 2008 - Surrey Organic Farming Project Gets Go-Ahead

    Alliance Planning has achieved permanent planning permission from Surrey County Council for its client, farmer Antony Collier, for an organic farming project...

    posted on 15 August 2008 by n/a in News

  • 13 August 2008 - Consent Granted for Markham Colliery Site, Chesterfield

    Alliance Planning, the national planning consultancy, has won consent from Chesterfield Borough Council for the development of the first units at the 900 acre Markham Vale Site. Plot 1B and IA on Plot 5 will introduce approximately 80,000sq ft of industrial floorspace and take advantage of the...

    posted on 13 August 2008 by n/a in News

  • 12 August 2008 - Alliance Planning Win Recommendation for Approval for 30m Grimsby Scheme

    Alliance Planning has secured recommendation for approval for a major mixed use retail, residential and leisure development within Grimsby Town Centre. This strategic regeneration scheme will secure some £30m investment, and will expand and complement the existing retail offer while...

    posted on 12 August 2008 by n/a in News

  • 08 August 2008 - The Community Infrastructure Levy

    The consultation document on the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) has been published. Please download a copy of our brief summary from the link below...

    posted on 08 August 2008 by n/a in News

  • 08 August 2008 - Industrial Consent Secured in Enfield

    The Commercial Team in Guildford have secured planning consent for a scheme of 27 industrial units in Enfield.  The scheme which was progressed on behalf of Hillview Industrial Developments will provide circa 60,500 sq/ft of floorspace and comprises a mix of low, mid and high tech units.  ...

    posted on 08 August 2008 by n/a in News

  • 11 July 2008 - Consultation on PPS6

    The long awaited revisions to PPS6 were published yesterday.  Please download a copy of our commentary on the main changes to the revised guidance...

    posted on 11 July 2008 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Sponsors West Midlands RTPI Planning Achievement Awards

    Alliance Planning sponsored the West Midlands RTPI Planning Achievement Awards for the third year running and was delighted to be involved in recognising the high calibre of projects in the region.  The main award was presented to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for the Biddulph Area...

    posted on 03 July 2008 by n/a in News

  • Daventry Town Centre - Item in Local Press

    The attached article recently appeared in the Daventry local press concerning the public consultation event held in connection with the redevelopment of a key site in Daventry Town Centre...

    posted on 19 June 2008 by n/a in News

  • 09 July 2008 - Helen Hudson's New Appointment

    Helen Hudson has been promoted from Principal Planner to Associate Director, Helen is based in Guildford Office.  Please see the attached articles from the Estates Gazette and Property Week.

    posted on 09 July 2008 by n/a in News

  • 12 June 2008 - PPS25 Practice Guide Published

    Communities and Local Government has published a companion guide to accompany PPS25 (Development and Flood Risk).  The guide includes working examples of flood sensitive developments in action...

    posted on 12 June 2008 by n/a in News

  • 13 June 2008 - Ben Taylor Joins the Birmingham Office

    Ben joined the Birmingham Office on Tuesday 3rd June 2008 as an Assistant Planner...

    posted on 13 June 2008 by n/a in News

  • 06 June 08 - Alliance Back on Track with Centro Metro Extension

    Alliance Planning and Mott MacDonald have teamed again and have been successful in securing a tender as technical advisors to Centro (West Midland Passenger Transport Executive) for the Birmingham City Centre Midland Metro Extension...

    posted on 06 June 2008 by n/a in News

  • 04 June - 2008 - Planning Consultancy Panel Success

    Alliance Planning has been selected by Bath and North East Somerset Council for inclusion on their Planning Consultancy Panel. This is an important appointment as only companies on this panel will be invited to quote for consultancy work for Planning Services in the future.

    posted on 04 June 2008 by n/a in News

  • 04 June 08 - New PPS12 published

    PPS12 ('Local Spatial Planning') was published today.  The new PPS emphasises that local development frameworks should be firmly based on a shared vision between public bodies, businesses and local people...

    posted on 04 June 2008 by n/a in News

  • London Office Launch

    Alliance Planning recently held its official London Office Launch on the evening of April 23rd at Brown's in Mayfair.  Over 100 guests from a wide range of services and sectors enjoyed champagne and canapés, and were entertained by Mike Fairall from Close Up Magic, one of UK's foremost...

    posted on 23 April 2008 by n/a in News

  • 11 March 2008 - Engage or miss the best of planning reform

    The following is the content of a letter submitted by Steve Fidgett, Alliance Planning MD, to Estates Gazette which was published in the Property Life Letters section on 8 March 2008...

    posted on 11 March 2008 by n/a in News

  • 7 April 2008 - Natalie Morris recruited to head up Retail Planning

    Natalie Morris has been appointed to head up Retail Planning in the London office.  She has extensive experience with Retail Impact Assessments and Retail Developments in and around London. Natalie joins us from DPP and prior to that CGMS. Estates Gazette announcement:

    posted on 07 April 2008 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Planning helps Somerset County Council build new schools for the future

    Following recent commissions in the South West for West Somerset Council and Somerset Primary Care Trust, Alliance Planning has been instructed by Somerset County Council to provide planning advice for one of four Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme at Bridgwater, Somerset...

    posted on 25 February 2008 by n/a in News

  • Rugby orders space audit

     ...

    posted on 25 February 2008 by n/a in News

  • Regenerating Canley - Alliance gets ahead in the planning stakes

    Alliance Planning has been appointed to prepare the outline planning application for the Canley Regeneration Programme.  Alliance will be working with residents and the Council in the next few months to put together all of the community and technical information that needs to go into the...

    posted on 22 February 2008 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Planning selected for Rugby Study

    Alliance Planning, the national planning consultancy, in association with Halcrow Group have been selected and appointed for the Rugby Open Space and Recreation Study by Rugby Borough Council.  ...

    posted on 19 February 2008 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Planning win outline planning on major Minehead mixed use development

    Alliance Planning, the national planning consultancy, have recently won outline planning permission for a major mixed use regeneration scheme at Minehead, Somerset...

    posted on 19 February 2008 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Planning show real support for staff development

    The national planning consultancy Alliance Planning is delighted to announce that Christian Holliday, Planner at their Guildford Head Office, has gained his MA in Town and Country Planning...

    posted on 19 February 2008 by n/a in News

  • New career opportunities at Alliance Planning

    Alliance has advertised a number of new career opportunities in Planning Week in response to the ever growing workload and the opening of the Company's London Office, i.e. job advert 09/07...

    posted on 01 October 2007 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Appoints Practice Manager

    Pam Graves has been appointed by Alliance Planning as a Practice Manager and will be based in the Guildford Office. Pam will help the Directors in the management of the Company's three offices.

    posted on 29 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Planning - A New Identity

    As of the 1 October 2007 Alliance Environment and Planning Limited will be trading as Alliance Planning.  The opportunity of a major rebranding process offers an updating of the identity and new logo is part of a significant step change in the company's business development...

    posted on 29 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Two New Directors at Alliance

    Mark Kelly (Guildford Office) and Paul Ellingham (Birmingham OffIce) have been both promoted from Associate to Directors.

    posted on 25 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Alliance's growth continues into London

    Steven Fidgett Managing Director of Alliance Environment and Planning Limited is pleased to announce the opening of Alliance's newest office in London. In line with a program of expansion, Steven will be Head of Office. Andy Stallan takes over the role of Head of Office for the Guildford Office.

    posted on 25 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Wins Instruction to Advise Bassetlaw DC on Environmental Regulations

    Alliance has just completed the first phase of their advice in connection with a screening opinion submitted to the Planning Authority. Our role was to assess the proposed development proposal in terms of the environmental regulations. In this regard, we advised Bassetlaw District Council that this...

    posted on 24 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • The Supermarket : on the road back into town

    Soaring demand for advice on planning issues from major food retailers reflects the ongoing transformation of Birmingham City Centre and highlights the tighter planning restrictions being experienced by retailers UK-wide looking to secure new sites. Retail expert Alan Orme explains is a news release...

    posted on 24 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Casino Approval First Under New Gaming Laws

    Alliance Environment and Planning have won approval for what is believed to be one of the first schemes for the establishment of a new casino under the proposed relaxation of the Gaming Laws. The proposal, at the Carlton Hotel in central Guildford, just a few hundred metres from the company's...

    posted on 24 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Andy Stallan joins Alliance's Guildford Office

    Steven Fidgett, Managing Director of Alliance, is pleased to welcome Andy Stallan to the Company. Prior to joining Alliance, Andy was the Assistant Chief Planner at Surrey Heath Borough Council and before that he was a Team Leader at Guildford Borough Council. Andy has also worked for the South East...

    posted on 24 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Public Local Inquiry begins into the Redevelopment of the Shoreham Cement Works

    Steven Fidgett is appearing as the Planning and Enviromental Advisor to the Applicant. The Proposal seeks to create the Adur Valley Park, a major mixed use development including office, high tech, industrial and storage uses as well as hotel and residential development and public open space.  

    posted on 24 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Removal Of Hours Of Trading In Light Of The Deregulation Of Gaming Laws

    Alliance Planning has won an appeal on behalf of the owners of the Carlton Hotel in Guildford for permanent consent for a Casino within the existing Hotel complex. The Hotel with conference and function rooms is located on the edge of Guildford Town Centre and well related to other leisure uses...

    posted on 24 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Sponsor Summer Edition 2003 of Planning Aid News

    Alliance is pleased to have had the opportunity to sponsor this Summer Edition 2003 of Planning Aid News. I know that you will agree that sometimes the great effort and professionalism that Planning Aid's volunteers provide within the overall umbrella of the RTPI is overlooked. Therefore, anything...

    posted on 24 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Gerald Sweeney Promoted To Director

    Steven Fidgett, Managing Director of Alliance Environment and Planning Limited, is pleased to announce the promotion of Gerald Sweeney to Director...

    posted on 23 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • 2003 Alliance Clay Pigeon Shoot

    Alliance Environment and Planning's Clay Pigeon Shoot on the 7th October was enjoyed by all. With only one real spot of rain, Alliance's Alan Orme was unable to explain to his colleague (Gerald Sweeney) why he had missed half of the clays in the afternoon...

    posted on 22 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Full Environmental Statements Available Online

    Working closely with Libertas Solutions [www.libertas-solutions.com], Alliance Environment and Planning is please to announce that its web site has been expanded in order to publish full Environmental Statements, which in addition to the main body of text and non-technical summaries is now able to...

    posted on 21 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Eversheds Super Monoploy

    At last night's Eversheds Super Monopoly and in the company of Bat and Robin, Alliance Environment and Planning Limited's Birmingham Office came second in this West Midlands Property Challenge...

    posted on 20 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Steven Fidgett returns from Costa Rica and Jamaica as part of a DFID project

    The project 'Effective Development of River Mining' aims to provide effective mechanisms for the control of sand and gravel mining operations in order to protect local communities, to reduce environmental degradation and to facilitate long-term rational and sustainable use of the natural resource...

    posted on 19 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Rob Huntley joins Alliance as a Director in the Guildford office

    Rob Huntley joined Alliance as a director in January 2004...

    posted on 18 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Planning Permission for an inert MRF in New Forest Heritage area secured on appeal with award of partial costs

    The refusal by Hampshire County Council to grant planning permission for an inert demolition waste recycling facility at Sway has been overturned at appeal. Inspector, David Baldock, supported the case made by Alliance Environment and Planning for approval of the appeal. The appeal followed...

    posted on 17 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Alliance wins major Public Consultancy Role

    Alliance Environment & Planning Limited has recently secured a significant contract with Surrey Heath Borough Council. Alliance will provide a town planning consultancy service for the consideration and recommendation of major planning applications to the Council's Planning Applications...

    posted on 16 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Bryn Quarry wins permission for In-Vessel Composting

    Bryn Quarry Limited has been granted planning permission for the first commercial in-vessel composting operation in South Wales...

    posted on 14 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Mark Walton Joins Alliance's Birmingham Office

    Gerald Sweeney is pleased to welcome Mark Walton to Alliance Environment and Planning Limited's Birmingham Office. Mark joined on the 29th March 2004 and has over eleven years of town planning experience working both in the public and private sector, advising primarily in respect of minerals and...

    posted on 15 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Alliance's Guildford Office moves to larger offices

    We are pleased to announce that Alliance's Guildford office has moved to larger premises due to the significant expansion of staff within its Guildford Office over the last year...

    posted on 13 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Alliance welcomes Charlotte Sylvester

    Alliance's Guildford office is pleased to welcome to Charlotte Sylvester who will help to further support the Office's administration staff...

    posted on 12 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Havant Retail and Employment Scheme gets the go-ahead

    Alliance Environment and Planning Limited's Rob Huntley is pleased to announce that Havant Borough Council has welcomed the redevelopment of a key site adjacent to the Town Centre. At a meeting of its Development Control Committee on 16 September, Councillors unanimously endorsed the project. The...

    posted on 11 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • New Vacancies - Developing your future with us

    Alliance Environment and Planning Limited has a strong reputation for delivering effective planning solutions in a wide range of situations. With a commitment to achieving results that count and strengths in complex EIA and Sustainability Appraisal, Alliance is involved in a variety of major...

    posted on 10 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Alliance wins Town Planning Role for Daventry Town Centre Redevelopment

    Henry Boot Developments has instructed Alliance Environment and Planning Limited to prepare and submit the planning application and project manage the environmental study work for Daventry Town Centre Redevelopment. Alliance's role is also to undertake all screening and scoping exercises regarding...

    posted on 09 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Richard Cooke joins Alliance's Birmingham Office

    Richard Cooke joined the Birmingham Office at the start of the New Year. He joins from Stride Treglown, an architectural practice based in Bristol and previously to that Atkins (Birmingham Office). His planning experience to date has involved principally commercial clients typically project managing...

    posted on 08 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • School allowed in Green Belt

    Plans for a new school for autistic children within the Green Belt have been granted by the ODPM following a public inquiry, having been called in by the Secretary of State. Alliance Environment and Planning represented the Education Authority, Surrey County Council. The school will cater for 105...

    posted on 07 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Changes restrict the expansion of retail floorspace

    New changes restrict the expansion of (out-of-town) retail floorspace, encourage improved design, and allow Local Development Orders...

    posted on 06 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Richard Cooke promoted to Planner

    Alliance's Director Gerald Sweeney is pleased to announce that in view of Richard Cooke having been elected a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, he has been promoted to Planner having preciously been an Assistant Planner. Richard Cooke joined Alliance in January 2006 and is based in the...

    posted on 05 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Residential Planning Permission Granted within a Flood Plain

    Gerald Sweeney of Alliance Environment & Planning's Birmingham Office has just secured planning permission for a 54 residential development that straddled both the Welsh and English Border, being both in Powys County Council and South Shropshire District Council administrative boundaries...

    posted on 04 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Sponsors West Midlands Planning Awards

    Award sponsors Alliance Environment and Planning congratulate Bridgnorth District Council on winning the prestigious RTPI Planning Achievement Award...

    posted on 03 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Wins Sandwell Town Centre Health Checks Study

    Alliance Environment and Planning Limited and Martin Tonks Town Planning have secured a commission from Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council for carrying out Town Centre Health Checks for all the major and district shopping centres in the Borough. Alliance Environment and Planning Limited and...

    posted on 02 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Alliance achieves major mixed use planning permission at the St Paul's Place in Bournemouth

    Alliance Environment & Planning Ltd was granted planning permission last night for the major mixed use scheme at the St Paul's Place in Bournemouth, submitted on behalf of Rokscar...

    posted on 01 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Train South East Councillors

    The RTPI South East Branch and Alliance Environment & Planning Ltd joined forces to deliver training to Councillors in June. Following the election of new Councillors in May it is important to bring them up to speed quickly with recent changes to the planning system...

    posted on 01 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Alliance - Delivering Geodiversity through PPS9 and the Wider Planning Framework

    The publication in August 2005 of Planning Policy Statement 9: Biodiversity and Geological Conservation (PPS9) saw the requirement for the planning system to promote geological conservation and enhancement in plans and decision making. English Nature are keen to develop a pragmatic approach to...

    posted on 01 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Recruitment Opportunities within Alliance

    Developing your future with us...

    posted on 01 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Major New Development for Christs College and Pond Meadow School

    Planning permission has been granted for a major school campus development in Guildford. The redevelopment will provide a state of the art building for Christ's College and new special needs school and hydrotherapy centre, known as Pond Meadow. The development aims to tackle social exclusion and...

    posted on 01 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Appeal Win for TNT and VWG

    Alliance has won a major planning appeal for TNT Logistics UK and Volkswagen Group to remove a planning condition that required the primary use of rail facilities for inward deliveries to their national parts distribution centre at Birch Coppice Buisiness Park, Dordon, North Warwickshire. The...

    posted on 01 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Health Plex Development at Minehead, Somerset

    Alliance has been appointed by West Somerset Primary Care Trust to prepare an outline planning application and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for a proposed Health Plex development at Minehead, Somerset. This development involves a 17.5 Hectare site and includes a 5000 sqm Primary Care Trust...

    posted on 01 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Colebourne Inclusive School - Birmingham

    Alliance has been instructed by Birmingham City Council to advise and manage a planning application submission for Birmingham's fist fully inclusive special needs school. This is a flagship scheme for the Council in that it will enable the full integration of 40 pupils with severe and profound...

    posted on 01 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Affordable Housing Director Joins Alliance

    In time for the release of Government's new planning guidance on Housing (PPS3), Janine Wood, an expert in the affordable housing field will be joining Alliance Environment and Planning, adding invaluable experience to our already diverse team...

    posted on 01 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Appeal Win for Green Belt Horticultural buildings

    Alliance Planning has won a planning appeal for the extension of an existing nursery site at Ockham near Guildford. The appeal scheme represented a development of approximately 5,000 sqm comprising both polytunnels and glasshouses within the green belt. In allowing the appeal the Planning Inspector...

    posted on 01 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Planning submits application for NEW College Construction Training and Education Facility

    Alliance Planning has been appointed by North East Worcestershire(NEW) College to submit a planning application for a Construction Training and Education Centre in Fishing Line Road, Redditch. The proposal involves the change of use of an existing Class B1 light industrial unit of approximately...

    posted on 01 September 2007 by n/a in News

  • Planning Approval for Wokingham Development

    We are pleased to announce that Alliance Planning recently won planning permission for a major green field development consisting of 150 homes at Plough Lane, Wokingham for Persimmon Homes...

    posted on 18 February 2008 by n/a in News

  • Alliance Planning wins planning permission for new Construction Training Centre at North East Worcestershire College

    Alliance Planning are pleased to announce that they have successfully secured planning permission for North East Worcestershire (NEW) College's new Construction Training Centre in Redditch...

    posted on 01 September 2007 by n/a in News

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