• U-turns and Red Carpet Service

    The recent Conservative conference saw Chancellor Phillip Hammond and Communities’ Secretary Sajid Javid offer some relief to concerns from the house building industry, suggesting the planning system will be a key policy driver as we enter the 24-month process of ...

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  • More clarity on Para 32 – cumulative impacts, strategic allocations screwed???

    Some of you may have seen my article of August 2015 where the Whitford Road Appeal was discussed in relation to cumulative impacts. In the Whitford case the issues of ‘residual cumulative impacts’ (often quoted but very often not understood) were discussed in brief. I initially missed the following dismissed appeal from May this year but it is a humdinger and worth a bit of ...

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  • RCA secures consent for brownfield regeneration in Leamington Spa … in spite of the local planning authority!

    Earlier this week RCA were successful in securing planning permission for the redevelopment of the former North Leamington School site, a construction of 44 dwellings on behalf of Spitfire ...

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  • Warwickshire and £50k transport contributions – a disconnect worth questioning…

    I have the pleasure of doing a reasonable amount of work in the fine shire County of Warwickshire and as such I have the delight of dealing with its Highways Teams. Notwithstanding the usual issues of delays associated with pretty much every authority at the moment, Warwickshire has its own interesting anomaly that is worth warning you about.
    The ...

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  • CALA and landowners challenge to Worcester Transport Strategy (WTS): A Nil-Nil Draw

    Yet another housebuilder has come forward with an attempt to overturn the WTS contributions for their proposed development.

    CALA and the land owners associated with the Gwillams Farm site (allocated for 250 dwellings in total) disagreed with ...

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    Stratford on Avon have finally received the Inspector’s report into the Core Strategy EiP which, like so many, has been rumbling on forever and a day.  It’s now expected to be adopted sometime this month (July 2016).
    I am ...

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  • Annual RCA Regeneration Summer Seminar Went With A Bang

    It's that time of year again…our Annual RCA Regeneration Summer Seminar went with a bang on Friday 15th July.

    This year’s event was held in the 1865 Lounge at Worcestershire County Cricket Club, Worcester where we hosted 35 delegates and RCA colleagues for an afternoon of CPD ...

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  • Here we go again… batten down the hatches.


    Welcome. Here at RCA towers we like to keep you entertained with one article per week covering an area of planning, viability or transport. This week it falls to me to submit an article that will make you think and might even raise a wry ...

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  • A New Addition to the RCA Family

    RCA Regeneration Ltd are delighted to announce that Kirstie May-Jones will be joining the company as a Housing Consultant from August 2016. Kirstie comes with a wealth of experience within the Housing and Property industry, having spent the last twelve years at Wychavon District Council, which also included Malvern Hills District Council more recently providing key input into the SWDP, ...

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  • RCA thoughts on Green Infrastructure policy – restricting housing?

    With the adoption of the South Worcestershire Development Plan came the introduction of policy SWDP 5. In short, SWDP 5 stipulates that all new Greenfield development sites over 1 ha must set aside 40% of the site area for the provision of Green Infrastructure (GI). All sites of less than 1 ha will be required to provide 20% GI.
    Briefly put, GI ...

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  • Former Winkers Nightclub, Chalfont St Peter, Bucks

    Unanimous planning committee support has been secured by RCA for the redevelopment of a former nightclub site in Chiltern District. 

    The site is washed over by green belt, but because of its previously developed land was something the council could support.  These were difficult proposals on a difficult site which had previously gone through a planning appeal and ...

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  • Momentum builds for electric cars…

    The Government has announced funding of £40m to be split between four authorities to take forward schemes to encourage the take up of electric cars.

    Schemes being put forward included allowing electric vehicles to use bus lanes, free parking in council car parks and street lighting that doubles as car charging.  

    Electric vehicles are increasingly forming ...

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  • We’re finalists for the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2016

    What a fantastic way to end our week with the news that  RCA  have been shortlisted as finalists for the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Small Planning Consultancy of the year.

    The RTPI represents 23,000 planning professionals worldwide and promotes spatial planning, shapes policy and raises professional standards.

    The awards provide ...

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  • Another appeal win for RCA!

    The appeal site, located off Post Office Lane in Kempsey was refused on the grounds of transport impacts, namely that safe and suitable access could not be achieved as a result of the existing carriageway on Post Office Lane and that the resulting cumulative impacts of this development and other approved sites would be severe.

    The site is located off a historic junction where ...

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  • RCA Regeneration secure planning permission for Worcester Rugby Football Club Holdings Ltd.

    RCA Regeneration is delighted to announce that they have helped secure planning permission for WRFC Holdings Ltd for an extension to the existing changing facilities and the provision of a new clubhouse at Sixways (totalling 660 sqm). 

    The development also includes the provision of 3 mini-junior rugby pitches as well as improvements to the on-site parking ...

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