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MDDC Housing Grant

Mid Devon District Council is one of 17 councils nationwide to have been awarded £20,000 as part of the Local Government Association’s Housing Advisers Programme (HAP) for FY21. The grant is for the provision of independent experts to support councils undertaking specific projects to tackle the effects of the housing crisis in their local communities,…

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J25 Nexus

What’s Nexus at M5/J25?

It’s all change at Junction 25 of the M5 from today. The old section of the A358 between the ‘Taunton’ junction roundabout and the Park & Ride will be closed except for access and cyclists until Phase 2 is completed (currently on track for this summer). After that, it will be re-opened to eastbound traffic…

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Housebuilding Rates Up

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has announced that the housebuilding sector is bouncing back, with 35,710 dwellings started and 45,000 completed between July and September 2020 – up 111% and 185% respectively on the previous quarter. Click here for further information. Image by talented architects and masterplanners LHC.

High Street Funding

As we plunge into another lockdown (and does anyone really believe it will end mid February?) the Government has at least sought to provide some relief by announcing it will invest up to £830 million from the Future High Streets Fund. Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said yesterday the money will be invested in 72 areas…

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New Resi-need Algorithm

In response to feedback – much of it negative, particularly from rural Local Authorities – the Government yesterday revised its formula for calculating local housing need.  The Government has set a target of building 300,000 new homes across England, each year until the mid-’20s. The new approach seeks to encourage more of these to be…

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Stonehenge Tunnel a Go

It seems to be SW highways announcement week! Hot on the heels of the North Devon Link Road announcement, the £1.7bn project to tunnel the A303 alongside Stonehenge has also been given the green light, two years after the planning application was submitted. As with everything on this project, the announcement by Transport Secretary Grant…

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£68m N Devon Link Rd to Start

The Department for Transport has today committed £60m of the £67.6m pot required for the much-anticipated A361 North Devon Link Road widening project, and work is expected to start shortly. This is long overdue and great news – not least because it will make it easier (and safer) for us to get to our favourite…

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Early Engagement

We are very pleased to have been appointed to lead initial engagement work on a village residential project in Somerset. Adding a new string to Seaxburh’s bow, we will work with the client team to seek and assess local views on a potential residential site before a promotional agreement is made. We are looking forward…

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Unanimous Consent for Heritage Building Scheme

The redevelopment of the historic Grade II listed Oliver Buildings, designed by LHC Architects, is the final piece of a fantastic regeneration scheme at Anchorwood Bank in Barnstaple. The proposal by Wessex Investors and Acorn Blue includes 47 apartments and 1,186sqm of retail and commercial space as well as associated landscaping and public realm works.…

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Choo-choosing Sites for Metro Rail

The Devon and Somerset Metro Rail Group held a constructive Zoom meeting earlier today to progress their ambitious plans to reopen rail stations in Cullompton and Wellington, which would create new, greener commuter options to Taunton and Exeter and the wider GWR network. This follows the announcement by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps in May that…

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