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Change of Use of Agricultural Buildings

Permitted Development Rights for the Change of Use of Agricultural Buildings This year ICE Arch Ltd has been successful in gaining – Prior Approval for the Proposed Change of Use of an agricultural building into two dwellings.  The client is

Manchester’s new ‘Vertical Villages’

Manchester City Council has unveiled proposals for the city centre which could include a raft of new towers, multi-billion pound new neighbourhoods, and so-called “vertical villages” at St John’s (the former ITV site). A new city centre strategy, out for

Build-in energy efficiency

As a home owner, some of your biggest expenses on an on-going basis are energy costs such as electricity, gas, oil, water heating, space heating and water charges. They’re never ending – they arrive like clockwork and you’ve no choice

Osborne unveils planning reforms

Among other changes, the government has announced it is scrapping the requirement on new-home developers to offset new-build carbon emissions by making a contribution to carbon reduction elsewhere. Read more at

£100 million boost for small builders

The new Housing Growth Partnership seeks to invest alongside the following: small and medium sized house builders who have evidence of a solid track record in delivering residential development schemes house builders who on average have 10-100 single unit completions

Cheshire East may need to submit amended local plan

After concluding it had not dealt adequately with either housing assessment and provision or green belt issues, the planning inspector who been examining Cheshire East Council’s draft local plan has warned the planning authority it may have to withdraw the

RIBA Awards

What do YOU think of the buildings that are in receipt of the RIBA’s 2015 awards ?  View them here

Reorganising Welsh Planning Departments

The Welsh Government has two alternative proposals for reorganising councils in North Wales – and hence the Planning Departments. Proposal 1:  3 councils Isle of Anglesey and Gwynedd Conwy and Denbighshire Flintshire and Wrexham Proposal 2:  2 councils Isle of