Planning Director Paul Woods shares what Levelling Up could mean for the High Street at British BIDS event
Yesterday Planning Director Paul Woods alongside Centre for the New Midlands’ Chris Smith, presented at the British BIDS conference, looking at the Levelling Up agenda and what it means for UK High Streets.The event focused on BIDs, Culture and Communities, looking at how they can work together to drive economic growth and help their communities - with the main message; the need for greater collaboration.
Bedford Borough publishes report on Local Plan 2040 – More growth, new settlements
Bedford Borough Council has published a report on the Local Plan 2040 that is to be presented to the Council’s Executive on 27th April 2022.The report advises Members of the issues raised in response to the Regulation 18 Draft Plan: Strategy Options and Draft policies consultation that took place between June and September 2021 and presents an overview of the Local Plan 2040 ‘Plan for Submission’ (Regulation 19 Stage), with the draft Plan appended to the report. It sets out the proposed development strategy and the next steps for the plan. The Executive is asked to agree, subject to any amendments, the plan for public consultation.
Meet RIBA Chartered Architect, Paul Wright
Paul Wright joined Woods Hardwick as an Associate in our Residential Architecture team in August 2021.A RIBA Chartered Architect with experience working both in practice and for a residential developer, Paul shares more about his role and why a career in architecture is so rewarding.
“London Calling” – showcasing our latest London projects
Woods Hardwick has been active in London for more than 30 years, working across the retail, leisure, restaurant, heritage, and residential sectors. Last Summer we opened our new central London
Round up of West Midlands Development Plans 2021
On Tuesday 14 September, our Planning Director Paul Woods, chaired a session at the Built Environment Networking’s Midlands Development conference, hosted at the Coventry Building Society Arena.This was one of the BEN’s first hybrid events, with around 150 people in attendance in person, with another 80 viewing online.
Woods Hardwick Planning Director joins Centre for the New Midlands Housing & Communities Leadership Board
This week the Centre for the New Midlands announced the first appointments to their Housing and Communities Leadership Board. Woods Hardwick’s Birmingham Planning Director, Paul Woods, is delighted to be one of the inaugural Board members.The Board, to be chaired by Dr Halima Sacranie (Research Lead, Housing and Communities Research Group at the University of Birmingham), will be responsible for shaping the Centre for the New Midlands’ work across this hugely important area of public policy.
Planning permission for new homes in North Bedfordshire village
Back in January 2020, Woods Hardwick’s architects and engineers secured outline planning permission for Denison Investments for a site off Yelnow Lane, Sharnbrook, a highly desirable village location situated in North Bedfordshire.Through our existing knowledge and experience of the site, the Woods Hardwick’s architectural team continued to support the site’s developer, Dandara Ltd, in successfully securing planning permission for the subsequent reserved matters application for 51 family homes.
Thinking about becoming an Architectural Technician? Jake explains why it’s a great career choice!
For any budding architectural technicians or technologists out there, find out what it’s really like working as part of our growing architecture team.Jake Snooks is a Junior Architectural Technician in our Bedford office. He joined Woods Hardwick in October 2020, and over the last 10 months has been busy supporting our Residential Architecture team.
Modular construction – working with L&G Modular Homes to help solve the UK housing crisis
The construction industry is ramping up its use of modular construction.Against the backdrop of the housing crisis, a lack of affordable homes, planning reform and a skills shortage - throw in a global pandemic - and the current landscape needs to be reviewed - and quick!
Planning appeal success in the Green Belt – landmark decision!