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St. Modwen Exits Firepool Development, Taunton

Within months of achieving outline planning for the Firepool mixed use scheme in Taunton, the promoter St. Modwen and the Council have parted ways. The decision has been attributed to a new commercial focus by St. Modwen on commercial/industrial and residential developments, rather than on mixed use, town centre regeneration schemes like Firepool.  Meanwhile, the…

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Examination of Mid Devon Local Plan Commences

The much anticipated Examination in Public of Mid Devon’s Local Plan Review 2013-2033 commences today with Preliminary Hearings on Policies J27 (land at M5 Junction 27), and associated Policies SP2 (houses at Sampford Peverell, Higher Town) and TIV16 (Blundells Road, Tiverton.) Inspector Paul Griffiths, has identified a number of Matters & Issues he wants to…

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Consultation on Cullompton Relief Road

Consultation has opened for the Cullompton Town Centre Relief Road. Comments are invited from all interested parties until 25 October. Three optional routes have been proposed. These will be displayed, with the expert opinion on the pros and cons for each, at a series of exhibitions: Dates Location Time Friday 14th September 2018 Cullompton Town…

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SW Secures Big Slice of £40m Discover England Fund

Great news for the South West! The largest chunk of the Discover England Fund yet has been awarded to the promoters of England’s GREAT South West Peninsula. The Fund was designed to promote England to overseas visitors, and the successful bid for £300k was made by the South West Peninsula Overseas Partnership, a consortium led…

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Impact Lab Opens in Devon

It was exciting to join many of the South West’s movers and shakers today for the official opening of the succinctly-named Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab at the Met Office HPC in Exeter. The Impact Lab, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, is a three-year project operated by a partnership of seven…

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Public Consultation for Premier Inn, Uxbridge

We were back on the beat today, this time running an all-day public consultation on the plans for a Premier Inn proposed for Baker Street, Uxbridge by LaSalle Investment Management. Our location was right in the heart of the town on a sunny market day, so we found ourselves chatting at length to hundreds of…

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Happy Birthday to Us!

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year already! We’ve certainly had a busy and fun twelve months. We are now working with a wide range of planning consultants and developers throughout the South – from Uxbridge and Elmbridge to Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and right across Devon. We’re also in London frequently. Lucie is…

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Seaxburh MDAA Case Study

Mid Devon Attractions Association

Project The Mid Devon Attractions Association had recently emerged from a more wide-ranging town and tourism group in the area. Members include a wide range of top Devon visitor attractions, such as Coldharbour Mill, Devon Railway Centre, Knightshayes (National Trust), the Tiverton Canal Co. (Horse Drawn Barge) and the Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life.…

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Copywriting for Smiths Group plc’s New Corporate Website

One of the great joys of being a consultant copywriter is that you never quite know what you’re going to learn about next. With long roots in the IT sector, ‘our Nic’ was delighted to be asked to join the team delivering a sparkling new website for FTSE 100 technology giant, Smiths Group plc. She…

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Successful Bid for £83.1m for North Devon Link Road

Great news for Wessex. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has today committed £83.1m of government funding to upgrade the North Devon Link Road (A361), which will better connect the North Devon district to the rest of the South West and UK. The work will concentrate on improving the stretch of road between South Molton and Bideford,…

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