June 2019

Last month saw the start of examinations on the Local Plans of two of the authorities located in the centre of the planned Oxford - Milton Keynes - Cambridge Arc. Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) and Bedford Borough Council (BBC) sit in the ‘Central Area’ of the Growth Corridor - right at the heart of what is already hailed as one of the most innovative and economically successful areas of the UK. But the question is, do their Local Plans acknowledge this great opportunity and are they ready to capitalise on the huge investment in new infrastructure right on our doorstep?

Simon Bennett, Director at Woods Hardwick explains how! Robbie Williams won an unlikely planning battle late last year with his next door neighbour Jimmy Page. The trouble was caused by Williams’s plans to construct a basement beneath his west London garden, and the episode has highlighted rising tensions about the increasingly ambitious — and disruptive — construction work beneath London properties.