Major mixed-use scheme planned for Barking

Plans have been submitted to Barking and Dagenham for what looks like one of the most ambitious mixed-use redevelopment proposals in an outer London town centre this year. Private equity investor Benson Elliot, along with Londonewcastle plan to demolish the existing Vicarage Field shopping centre, which lies in the heart of the town centre (on […]

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Queen Elizabeth Park at the heart of Stratford regeneration

Following on from my previous blog on Stratford’s Manhattan Loft Gardens tower, here’s some more photos from the Olympic Park, or Queen Elizabeth Park it’s now better known as. Like I stated there’s so much development works going on around Stratford with the park itself being a huge attraction for people wanting to move to […]

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Stratford ups its game with Manhattan Loft Gardens

Last week I was site visiting around Stratford and I must admit it’s the first time I’ve been for a while (well a year or so). Anyway, to say there’s a lot going on would be an understatement. It seems the Olympics has had a huge impact with many schemes now coming out the ground […]

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Storage to Residential. PD gone mad

We’ve written about the wrongs of permitted development previously. Without going in to too much detail now, take a look at plans for a railway arch (with trains going overhead) and this example of how developers play the system and try to slow down local authorities that are already under resourced. Here’s another which leaves […]

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Holloway Prison to be redeveloped for housing, but HOW many homes exactly?

Sometimes you hear a number and immediately you think to yourself “Nope, can’t be right. Surely that’s wrong”. In the Standard yesterday, they revealed government plans to sell Holloway Prison, to make way for a potential £2.25 billion housing scheme. Alarm bells start ringing. £2.25 billion?! Okay, let’s see how they got there. The article […]

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Developer goes back to drawing board to add more homes

A couple of months ago, we blogged that “corner buildings shouldn’t be differential“, via this example from Hackney below. It was spotted whilst site visiting from a sign promoting a consultation over the redevelopment of the site. As expected, a planning application has now come forward for an 11 storey building that will provide 32 […]

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Housing Zones can really increase London’s density; here’s how

Following on from a previous article on a recent proposal in Alperton, “Don’t paint all towers with the same brush“, here’s an interesting side note as to how and why the developer was able to increase the scheme so substantially. In short, the previous proposal granted back in 2011 for 11 storeys and 55 homes, […]

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Don’t paint all towers with the same brush

Residential towers have got rather bad press of late, often from the same voices. Arguments against high rise are that they become ghettos for the rich, bought by overseas investors as somewhere to deposit cash, and will do nothing towards that vital aim; ‘solving the housing crisis’. Okay, one or two towers may seem extortionately […]

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Some Development Opportunities are only a matter of time

With this job, site visiting on a weekly basis you build up a good sense of what development will come next. Over many years, experience tells you what is a good development opportunity and what isn’t. Going back to the same areas seeing schemes come through the planning system, it becomes obvious what is soon […]

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More former gas holder sites to provide homes

We’ve mentioned St William Homes on these pages before. A subsidiary of the biggest London developer (and by quite some way) Berkeley Homes, it’s a joint venture between themselves and National Grid, concentrating on the swathes of gas holder sites across the capital and south east. Recent applications from the JV are now coming in […]

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