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September 3, 2020

PFfL policy conference – Priorities for transport in London – services and infrastructure, decarbonisation, and economic recovery – Transport for London

Policy Forum for London keynote seminar … Morning, Friday, 11th December 2020 Book Online | Live Agenda | CPD certified | Sponsorship | Our Website | @londonpolicy| Unsubscribe with Alex Williams, Director of City Planning, Transport for London Neil Henderson, Global Knowledge and Innovation Director, Transport and Key Account Leader,

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Redrow’s Clitheroe development offers more choice for first-time buyers

The development, off Whalley Road, has two distinct new homes collections that include a number of three and four bedroom homes, perfectly suited for family life or young couples sharing. While the Heritage Collection offers traditional Arts and Crafts inspired architecture with period style features, the Harwood range provides streamlined,

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The Search for the Perfect New Home Ends

The Search for the Perfect New Home Ends

House hunters Colin and Barbara Edwards have ended their five-year search for a perfect property after finding their home-sweet-home at Cavanna Homes’ Barley Meadow development in Dawlish. The couple had been renting in Newton Abbot, close to their dental equipment business, whilst scouring the surrounding area for a home to

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September 3, 2020

St Francis Group announces major employment plans for Kings Norton, Birmingham with new site purchase.

A 29-acre site is the latest industrial/warehouse scheme brought forward by the developer as it continues to expand its development pipeline St Francis Group, a leading UK-based property development and investment group and an expert in brownfield development and regeneration has announced that it has assembled a site of 29 acres in Kings Norton, Birmingham for the development of new industrial warehouse space. Announcing the purchase of the Pilkington Automotive and GKN Aerospace sites, the speculative development of a 400,000 sq. ft multi-unit scheme will be funded by the Richardson family making this the third collaboration between the two parties following the successful development and sale of Velocity42 in Redditch and Cransley Park in Kettering. A detailed planning application will be submitted later this year with work on site scheduled to begin once the existing occupiers vacate next year. The new proposals could create around 900 new jobs.     Speaking about the announcement Gareth Williams, Director at St Francis Group said “We are delighted to have secured these strategic sites and to be able to promote a scheme in the heart of the greater Birmingham conurbation. We have seen a huge growth in the mid box industrial warehouse market, and we will be aiming to meet that demand with 8 new energy efficient units ranging from 25,000 sq. ft to 70,000 sq. ft”  “We recognise the value in higher performing sustainable assets and so we are looking to develop units using construction standards that exceed occupier expectations throughout their life cycle.” New units will be ready for occupation by the end of 2022. Marketing for pre-let deals will begin immediately. Savills and JLL have been retained as sole letting agents on the scheme.

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Western Power Distribution announces major investment project for Derby

A £4million investment scheme has begun to rebuild parts of Derby’s electricity network in response to an anticipated surge in demand. The work will involve laying 7km of new underground cable and a complete rebuild of Mackworth’s primary substation. The project is needed to replace ageing equipment – some of which has been in place for more than 50 years – and to meet an expected growth in demand for electricity, as a result of new developments in and around Mackworth. It will benefit around 100,000 customers. The first part of the job will be to lay 3.75km of new cable from Derby to Mackworth. Work is expected to take up to six months and will begin in the city centre, before moving out towards the A38. There will be some road closures as a result of the scheme. Paul Squires, WPD Engineering Specialist based at Derby, said: “This is a huge investment for the people of Derby which will enable us to meet their electricity needs for decades to come. This takes into account the changes to electricity use that will arise from an anticipated switch to electric vehicles and other low carbon technologies. “We have worked closely with the local authority to plan the work and to keep disruption to a minimum. We will also be working 10 hour days and at weekends to complete the work as quickly as possible. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused during this essential project.” All WPD staff will be observing strict social distancing and hygiene regulations while working on site, to protect themselves and customers during the coronavirus pandemic. The roads affected will be Sowter Road, St Marys Gate, Cathedral Road, Queens Street, Jury Street ,Willow Row,St Alkmunds Way, Agard Street, Bridge Street, Friargate, Vernon Street, South Street, Uttoxeter Old Road, Stepping Lane, Hanford Street, Stanley Street, Morley Street, Napier Street, Mackenzie Street, Lyttleton Street and Greenwich Drive South. There will be some rolling road closures on Stepping Lane, Handford Street, Stanley St, Napier Street and Mackenzie Street with short diversions in place, along with some temporary parking restrictions. Temporary traffic signals will be used on some of the larger streets.

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PFfL policy conference – Priorities for transport in London – services and infrastructure, decarbonisation, and economic recovery – Transport for London

Policy Forum for London keynote seminar … Morning, Friday, 11th December 2020 Book Online | Live Agenda | CPD certified | Sponsorship | Our Website | @londonpolicy| Unsubscribe with Alex Williams, Director of City Planning, Transport for London Neil Henderson, Global Knowledge and Innovation Director, Transport and Key Account Leader, Mott MacDonald and Kirsty Hoyle, Transport For All; Adam Tyndall, London First; Dave Widger, AECOM; and a senior speaker confirmed from London TravelWatch *Please share this email with interested colleagues* Note: fees apply for most delegates, but concessionary and complimentary places are available [subject to terms and conditions – see below]. I’m inviting you to this conference, which will examine priorities and next steps for developing transport services and infrastructure in London – including moving on from the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. [Book Online] The agenda: Priorities for developing London’s transport system – maximising economic contribution, and moving through the impact of COVID-19 The London bus network and services – rebuilding user confidence in public transport Delivering future transport projects in London – finance, planning and innovative practice Next steps for meeting passenger demand in London and improving service delivery The business case for transport development and accelerating infrastructure projects Expanding regional development – new rail infrastructure in London and increasing connectivity with the South East Transport connectivity and opportunities for London business Delivery of infrastructure projects and accelerating London’s economic recovery Transport, housing and regenerating London Accelerating decarbonisation across the transport network, preparing London for the low-carbon transition, and supporting active travel Moving forward the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, and overcoming challenges from COVID-19 [jump to full agenda] [Book Online] ***Full-scale policy conference taking place online*** [further details] A scan of the background and relevant developments: [back to agenda summary] COVID-19  – ongoing impact on staff welfare, passenger demands and attitudes, delivering safe capacity, continuing transport projects, and financially sustainability funding – the £1.6bn funding and financing package agreed between TfL and the DfT to protect current transport services and restore those that have been cut the government led financial review of Transport for London – agreed on as part of the funding package to identify options for strengthening TfL’s financial stability TfL’s Budget and Business Plan – for improving services and the physical infrastructure to boost capacity, such as overground line and signalling, creating more step-free access, and alleviating road congestion through highway, bridge, and tunnel development the Mayor’s Transport Strategy – remaining objectives including developing infrastructure resilience, enabling city-wide inter-modal transport, and expanding connectivity with the wider South East Gear change: a bold vision for cycling and walking –  £2bn announced by the PM for expanding walking and cycling options nationally – including ‘Mini-Hollands’ in London – with new cycle and pedestrian routes, rolling out e-bikes for the elderly and longer distance journeys, and setting higher standards for cycling infrastructure the London Environment Strategy – including scaling up and facilitating healthier modes of transport, improving city-wide air quality, and encouraging the adoption of low-emission vehicles [Book Online here] The discussion in detail: [back to agenda summary] Public transport the London Transition Board – priorities for its strategy for transport and part of the response to the COVID-19 crisis and supporting recovery  going forward restoring services – assessing prospects of a return to pre-pandemic levels, and initiatives for encouraging residents and commuters to begin using the public transport network scaling up – priorities for operators and their partners to enhance the frequency of bus, overground and tube services, implications of social distancing, and the task of rebuilding user confidence financial sustainability – options for restoring and maximising revenue generation, a medium and long-term financial and operational recovery plan, and minimising risks for infrastructure delivery collaboration and engagement – strategies for coordinating public and private project development, and giving a voice to passenger and community groups Infrastructure transport projects – examining their future across London, their scope and how they can be organised and targeted to best support the economy and the needs of different stakeholders the London Transport Strategy – assessing progress and the further measures needed to achieve core objectives, including infrastructure resilience, fitness for the future with a growing population, enabling intermodal transport city-wide, and expanding connectivity to Greater London and the wider South East regeneration – how best to accelerate and maximise the impact of transport infrastructure development: rail –  priorities for new stations, services and line modernisation, expanding connections to Kent, Essex and elsewhere, and evaluating progress on Crossrail and Elizabeth line stations shovel-ready transport infrastructure projects – how to accelerate and coordinate finance, planning and other elements to move forward development supporting London businesses – assessing key areas such as reducing barriers to travel, trade and collaboration, and supporting productivity and economic activity in outer London the London Plan – its objectives around transport and housing development as a means of fuelling economic growth: the Housing Secretary’s concerns – on housing delivery and planning regulation coordination and connectivity – strategic development of transport links and unlocking potential for housing and wider property development, across the London region planning – the potential impact of the Planning for the future White Paper and its proposals for streamlining regulation on London and its economy Decarbonisation priorities and next steps – strategies and implications for health, transport businesses and the economy of decarbonising London’s transport system active travel – the Streetspace for London programme initiated in response to COVID-19, and opportunities for reforming road space for new cycle lanes, greater walking space and car-free zones accelerating the switch to low-carbon forms of transport – priorities for further public and private sector investment in electric public transport, working with local authorities and other stakeholders to roll out charging locations, and opportunities for ultra-low emission zones [Book Online] Policy officials attending Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stake holders. [About Us] There’s an outline of the government departments, regulators and other interested parties who we expect to take part here.

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Redrow’s Clitheroe development offers more choice for first-time buyers

The development, off Whalley Road, has two distinct new homes collections that include a number of three and four bedroom homes, perfectly suited for family life or young couples sharing. While the Heritage Collection offers traditional Arts and Crafts inspired architecture with period style features, the Harwood range provides streamlined, smart exteriors, finished in stone, for those who prefer a more contemporary look. Both collections offer up to the minute interiors designed for modern lifestyles. Current prices start from £282,995 for a three-bedroom detached Birch, while four-bedroom detached homes start from £329,995. Sian Pitt, sales director at our Lancashire division says: “Buying your first home is a big step so you’ll want to choose one that you will love for years to come. Oak Leigh Gardens has a great selection from both our Heritage Collection and Harwood range. One thing they do have in common is providing plenty of space to grow into, open-plan kitchens, and main bedrooms with their own en-suites, plus private gardens to relax in.” Homebuyers can also use the Government backed Help to Buy to get them moving sooner. Sian explains how it works: “Buyers can secure a house with just a 5% deposit and then the Government will lend up to 20% of the value of the new home through an equity loan, which is interest free for the first five years and can be repaid at any time within 25 years or on the resale of the home, whichever is sooner. Buyers will then need just a 75% mortgage from a bank or building society of choice.” Nestled between Pendle Hill and the Forest of Bowland, in the sought-after Ribble Valley, Oak Leigh Gardens’ rural location has proved to be an attractive selling point for commuters and young families, especially as it’s also so well connected. Situated just off the main A59 Preston Road, the homes are close to the M6; Clitheroe is less than three miles away and places like Blackburn, Burnley, Preston and even Manchester are all easily reached. Closer to home, there’s an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ rated primary school just a short walk away, and two ‘outstanding’ rated senior schools within a couple of miles. To find out more about the homes or help available see www.redrow.co.uk/oakleigh, call 01254 865167 or visit the development and view the fully furnished show homes, which are usually open daily from 10am to 5.30pm.

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BPH Plant Hire Unveils New Website Following Investment in Digital Presence

BPH Plant Hire, an independently-owned plant hire company based in the South East, has launched a new website to coincide with the recent rebrand, following a commitment to increased investment in the company’s digital presence. The new website highlights for the first time the extensive fleet available to hire. Convenient features of the site include the category pages, which have been designed so that users can easily find their desired model by filtering specifications such as tonnage, and whether the equipment is cabbed or wheeled. Users can also compare models from specification tables that show side by side comparisons of each vehicle available. Enquiries about specific models can now be made directly from the results page with ‘get a quote’ forms that autofill the vehicle model, saving time and extra clicks. Commenting on the new site, Managing Director at BPH, Simon Bastable says: “The new website is another step in our mission to continually improve the experience of hiring plant machinery. “We’ve worked hard to ensure that technical specifications are digested into the key pieces of information our customers care about and our product descriptions benefit from our expertise, like where we outline the most suitable applications of each vehicle and attachment. “Early feedback has been really positive and we look forward to continued growth and investment in our digital presence.” BPH Plant hire boasts immediate availability on the hire of excavators, dumpers, dozers. As an arm of BPH UK, which specialises in hydraulic attachments, when you enquire through BPH Plant Hire, you can also arrange any plant hire attachments needed. Visit the new website here: https://bphplanthire.com/

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The Search for the Perfect New Home Ends

The Search for the Perfect New Home Ends

House hunters Colin and Barbara Edwards have ended their five-year search for a perfect property after finding their home-sweet-home at Cavanna Homes’ Barley Meadow development in Dawlish. The couple had been renting in Newton Abbot, close to their dental equipment business, whilst scouring the surrounding area for a home to call their own. Having viewed and ruled-out a number of different homes, they finally spotted their dream home in the window of a local estate agent. Colin recalls; “When we saw the designs for the Rippon promoted in the estate agent’s window, I was slightly sceptical at first because it hadn’t yet been built and we couldn’t actually view the home, but Barbara was really keen to go and have a look. “We were able to view another Rippon–style property and when we spoke to the Sales Advisor, we discovered that the plot we were interested in was nicely tucked away, backing onto a private lane with a hedgerow, so we’d have plenty of privacy.” Colin and Barbara reserved their new home off-plan and managed to move-in in April, despite the Covid-19 lockdown. “Our moving day was quite different to what we had planned, but despite the government’s lockdown restrictions, we were able to hire a large van and moved ourselves into our new home at Barley Meadow in April”, explained Colin. “We didn’t have an official handover, but we met with the Sales Advisor, Sarah, who handed us the keys to our new home on the kerbside and had turned on all the lights for us in advance to make us feel welcome. “We’ve never lived in a new build home before and we’re really loving it here!  We have everything we need and from the front window we have stunning view over the fields – which is an added bonus. We got really lucky with this home! “There aren’t many homes at Barley Meadow, so it’s a lovely, quiet area and everyone has been really friendly. We’re just waiting for everyone else to move in now. “The location is ideal too. A lot of our family live in Dawlish so we’re closer to them, which was one of the main reasons for moving here. We’re only 10 minutes from the beach and there are nice walks close by as well as scenic cycle routes – so we’re very spoilt for choice. “Our commute to work is just 10-minutes and I’m often on the road travelling to clients, so it’s ideally placed for Torbay, Exeter and beyond. It ticks all the boxes!”, added Colin.  Sales Advisor Sarah Bowden, said: “It’s fantastic that Colin and Barbara were able to move home during lockdown and are now all settled into their new home at Barley Meadow and enjoying all that this stunning location has to offer. Colin and Barbara are a great addition to our new community here in Dawlish! “We have a brilliant selection of coastal homes at Barley Meadow. If anyone is interested in moving to Dawlish, please get in touch, and don’t forget about significant Stamp Duty savings and using Help to Buy if you’re looking to upgrade to a new home”.

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