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LUC to sponsor and speak at TCPA’s ‘green spaces’ conference

LUC is participating in an upcoming conference on ‘Green spaces, healthy places’, hosted by TCPA and the Green Infrastructure Partnership. LUC’s Alison King, Principal Landscape Architect and Jennette Emery-Wallis, Director will be speaking on the morning of July 12 about the [...]

2018-06-19T13:37:59+00:00 June 19th, 2018|General news, Landscape Design|

Does the draft revised NPPF affect Sustainability Appraisal of local plans?

The recent publication of the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework and other supporting documents signal a number of changes to plan-making.  Jonathan Pearson asks what it means for Sustainability Appraisal (SA) of local plans. The Government established the Local [...]

2018-08-29T14:57:11+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|Publication|

Brexit – our countryside in the balance

Last year I wrote an article exploring Brexit’s likely impact on the British countryside and calling for a conversation about the kinds of things we want the countryside to do for us – whether that’s producing food, storing carbon, protecting [...]

2018-05-25T13:04:10+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Publication|

Could changes to biodiversity policy in the draft NPPF present an opportunity for developers?

Following the recent publication of the revised Draft Revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), our Associate Ecologist David Green looks at some of the key changes to Chapter 15: Conserving and enhancing the natural environment, and how they might affect [...]

2018-05-25T13:04:59+00:00 April 18th, 2018|Publication|

Health and Harmony

In February 2018, following swiftly on the heels of the 25 year Environment Plan, Defra published a consultation on “Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit”. The paper set out a range [...]

2018-05-29T12:46:17+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Publication|

‘Valued landscapes’ in the new draft revised NPPF

Has the draft NPPF clarified the position on ‘valued landscapes’? The phrase ‘valued landscape’ was introduced in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in 2012 and since then many hours of inquiry time have been given over to debating whether [...]

2018-05-25T14:20:10+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Publication|

From 25 Year Environment Plan to NPPF, whatever happened to environmental net gains?

It is only two months since the 25 Year Environment Plan was launched, and now the Government has published its consultation version of a draft revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), giving a timely opportunity firmly to embed the principle [...]

2018-05-25T13:03:28+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Publication|

Collaboration will deliver the right homes in the right places

Greater collaboration between the public and private sectors is paramount to address the chronic shortage of affordable and sustainable housing in Greater Manchester. The region is facing an unprecedented crisis in the housing sector with city leaders arguing that Greater [...]

2018-05-30T12:33:26+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Publication|

LUC runs Environmental Statement Review seminar for London Boroughs

Last week our team of planners in London hosted a breakfast seminar on the Environmental Statement Review process, attended by representatives from eight London Boroughs. The popular seminar, which was held at Lumen URC last Thursday,  gave officers from the Councils the [...]

LUC attends LI’s Landscape for Scotland event

This week, the Landscape Institute Scotland (LIS) hosted an event at the Scottish Parliament for the launch of its vision document 'Landscape For Scotland'. LUC Landscape Architects Sam Oxley, Martin Tabor, Duncan McLean and Dan Walker attended the event along with [...]