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Stonehenge Tunnel Gets Green Light

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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Super Smiths

With her financial PR background, no-one manages detail better than ‘our Lucie’. The recently published Smiths Group plc Annual Report for which she is the project manager is a case in point. This business-critical project saw Lucie working with members of the fantastic Smiths team from across the world and a range of functions to…

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COVID-proof Consulting

Since the lockdown in March, we’ve undertaken most of our consulting work in the virtual world. That’s certainly increased the quantity of feedback we’ve received, and has enabled us to keep the wheels on projects turning. But this sector is all about people and it’s hard to build quality relationships without face-to-face contact. So now,…

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Allocation for Eden’s Strategic Leisure Scheme

The Eden Westwood project is a partnership between Aviva Life & Pensions Ltd and the Eden Project’s international arm (Eden International) that is aiming to create a unique visitor destination which celebrates Devon’s food, farming and life. Located at the county’s northern gateway – Junction 27 of the M5 – Eden Westwood will be a…

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MDDC Local Plan Adopted

Further to the Planning Inspector’s report on 26 June, the Mid Devon Local Plan Review 2013-2033 has been adopted at a Full Council meeting tonight, including the main modifications recommended by the Inspector, and a further minor modification regarding a settlement boundary. Click here for the Mid Devon Local Plan Review 2013 to 2033 Adoption Statement. This…

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Mid Devon Local Plan Assessed as Sound

Mid Devon’s Local Plan Review 2013-33 has been assessed as sound by SoS Inspector Paul Griffiths (with some main mods). Read the Inspector’s report here: https://www.middevon.gov.uk/media/349506/local-plan-report-mdlpr-final.pdf This is great news for our clients with interests in the district such as Aviva Life & Pensions, Eden International and partners who have worked hard for five years…

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