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Author: Alan Bunce

Images from OxPropSummit 2024

Photographer Aurelien Langlais joined us at Trinity College for OxPropSummit on April 17 and...

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Barratt Homes buys 38-hectare site for 574 homes

Carter Jonas, acting on behalf of a private landowner client, has completed the sale of a...

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New cancer hospital approved despite water concerns

Councillors have unanimously approved plans for a new cancer research hospital in Cambridge. A...

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Sharp rise in farmland coming to market

Savills has reported a sharp increase in the amount of farmland coming to market in the East of...

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Growth, inclusion and the AI future – headlines from OxPropSummit 2024

An anti-growth agenda, ‘scary’ AI and Oxfordshire’s struggle to change were among the headlines...

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Carter Jonas reveals likely timescales for NHM research centre

Work is due to start early next year on the new collections, digitisation and research centre for...

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New six-storey office building approved for One Maidenhead

Councillors have unanimously approved plans for a six-storey office building at HUB and Smedvig’s...

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Brewery supplier takes new 147,000 sq ft logistics space

A firm which operates a share and re-use system of kegs for the brewing industry, has taken a 147,...

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Cala to start work on 179 new homes in Didcot

Cala Homes expects to start work in Spring on the next 179 homes at Nobel Park in Didcot. South...

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View from the riverbank: let’s spare the environment from the greens

While net zero seems to be top of everyone’s agenda, I’ve noticed few ever mention the cost – not...

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Eyes on the East: crossing borders, shaping futures – the political landscape of Suffolk

Following last week’s portrayal of the new constituency of Ely and East Cambridgeshire by...

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Former racecourse goes up for grabs with Savills

A former racecourse, with planning permission to convert its main grandstand into a four-bedroom...

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Plans for 45,000 sq ft of offices approved after four years

Plans for a 45,000 sq ft office building in Basing View have been approved after four years. The...

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Greater Norwich Local Plan adopted after eight years

After eight years of work, the Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP) has now been adopted. The GNLP...

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Inquiry into plans for Winnersh Aldi following Government call-in

Interested parties have until Monday, April 15 to make representations in the case of Aldi’s plans...

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Bellway to develop 135-acre Panshanger Aerodrome scheme

National housebuilder Bellway has been selected as the preferred development partner for Homes...

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Latest scheme for former Bracknell Town ground set for approval

Almost two years after voting to approve plans for 117 homes at Bracknell Town’s former Larges...

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104 homes planned for Chipping Norton

Plans for 104 homes at Chipping Norton have been submitted to West Oxfordshire District Council....

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WSP appointed to help shape Market Square, Bicester

Design, planning and engineering giant WSP has been appointed to develop plans to rejuvenate...

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Consented former mill site up for grabs with Savills

The site of a former flour mill in Ickleford, which has consent for more than 70 new homes, has...

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Revised care home plan for Travis Perkins site in Woodley

Revised plans for a 68-unit care home on the site of the former Travis Perkins site at Woodley...

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Stubbings to drive sales at ‘exceptional’ Burnham Waters retirement scheme

Stubbings Property Marketing has been appointed by Burnham Waters to provide the sales and...

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New plans for 51 flats near Wycombe town centre

Plans to replace a vacant retail and residential block in High Wycombe with 51 social housing...

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Steven Spencer to lead residential sales at Savills Rickmansworth

Savills has added to its residential sales team in Hertfordshire with the appointment of a new...

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Plans to develop garden centre land with mixed-use scheme

Plans have been submitted to redevelop land around the edges of a garden centre at Kidlington for...

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What could the Government’s latest proposals on brownfield development mean for Reading?

Jon Sebbage from Savills’ planning team considers the local implications of the Government’s...

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Latest views at the stunning Horlicks Quarter

Members of Slough Borough Council and Berkeley Homes came together to celebrate the latest major...

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Podcast: Operation Royal Berks with Alison Foster

Alison Foster, programme director for Building Berkshire Together, joined the Battle & Bunce...

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Sustainable council homes celebrated at launch

Passivhaus-accredited council homes have been completed at three sites across Cambridge. A launch...

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Scores want to know more about East West Rail

More than 70 people attended the final event in Bedford Borough Council’s public engagement...

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Film studio plan thrown out and labelled a ‘chancer application’

Councillors have unanimously rejected plans for the proposed Holyport Film Studios in Maidenhead...

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Deal will make 80-unit Peterborough scheme come true

A deal between Deeley Group and housing provider Anchor will help deliver a sustainable,...

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1,000-home Reading scheme can go ahead

Plans for a major mixed-use scheme with up to 1,000 flats in Vastern Road, Reading have been...

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New Church Farm home hits the right note for Christine

Musician and teacher Christine Garratt, made a careful choice of new home. She wanted somewhere to...

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Plans go on show for 106,000 sq ft of new science and tech space

Consultation has begun on a masterplan for 106,000 sq ft of new science and technology space in...

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Richard Bennett: how the stunning Thames Lido project stayed afloat

Our View from the riverbank comment piece on February 19, comparing the Mechanics’ Institute in...

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Plans for 271 service families’ homes being drawn up for Carterton site

Plans for 271 homes on a site at Carterton have been revealed in a screening opinion request....

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Greater Norwich Local Plan reaches final stages

The Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP) has been formally adopted by the city council, seven years...

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Council set to downsize its head offices

Councillors in Ipswich will consider finding smaller, more efficient offices after a review found...

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Vail Williams celebrates best ever year

Vail Williams has reported its best ever year, with increased revenues up five per cent to £18.3...

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Approval recommended for Newbury College site plan

Plans for a new Aldi, up to 75 homes and a care home on land next to Newbury College have been...

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272 flats set for approval in Woking

Approval has been recommended for a scheme to replace the former BHS department store in Woking...

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Approval on the cards for labs scheme to replace former bingo hall

Plans to demolish a bingo hall near Oxford United’s Kassam Stadium for a new laboratory building...

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DevComms hosts round table with Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner

UK Property Forms (UKPF) partner DevComms launched its East regional office in Cambridge with a...

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YASA takes 88,000 sq ft pre-let at Bicester Motion

Mercedes-Benz’s electric vehicle division YASA has taken a pre-let on 88,000 sq ft for its new UK...

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Minster Quarter ‘an exemplar of our aspirations’

Arts, culture, leisure and community will be at the centre of Reading’s next major regeneration....

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County’s thumbs up for Dunton Hills approval

The approval of 3,700-home Dunton Hills Garden Village has been welcomed by Essex County Council....

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Mayor blasts East West Rail over chosen route

Mayor of Bedford Borough Tom Wootton has said he is ‘deeply disappointed’ after a meeting with...

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Natural History Museum centre set for approval

Plans for the Natural History Museum’s Collections, Digitisation & Research Centre at...

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Councils demand to know more about The Case for Cambridge

The leaders of Cambridge city and South Cambridgeshire district councils want more detail on and...

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Masterplan for 1,100 homes goes before council

Councillors are due to discuss a masterplan which could help deliver up to 1,100 homes in Swindon....

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The new world of artificial intelligence in planning and development

John Mason, associate with Carter Jonas Cambridge, considers where the world of planning is going...

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Listed school site goes up for sale

A remarkable former school near Dorking has gone on the market with Knight Frank. The 14 buildings...

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Podcast: Reading FC and more with Nigel Howe

Former Reading FC chief executive Nigel Howe, the man central to finding a buyer for the club,...

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Thumbs-up for CMA report – but Government needs to act

UKPF partners and sponsors have welcomed the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) report on the...

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Housing costs could threaten Cambridge’s global significance

Cambridge’s position as a global leader could be under threat due to housing affordability and...

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Work starts on regeneration of Lakes Estate, Bletchley

Work is under way to deliver Milton Keynes’ first major regeneration project on the Lakes Estate...

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Three Oxfordshire deals secured by Martin’s Properties

Martin’s Properties has announced the £12 million acquisition of three sites in Oxfordshire. The...

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Skanska and Morgan Sindall to deliver major Cambridge schemes

Skanska UK and Morgan Sindall Construction have been announced as main contractors for Railpen’s...

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