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  • 18 Oct
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    Plans submitted for homes at Little Eccleston, Fylde

    Plans for 37 homes to be built in a village near Blackpool have been submitted to Fylde Borough Council on behalf of Wainhomes.

    NJL Consulting’s Manchester office was instructed by Wainhomes (North West) Ltd to prepare and submit the application for the redevelopment of the Sunnydale Nurseries site in Little Eccleston.

  • 17 Oct
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    200-place nursery plans submitted

    NJL Consulting’s Manchester office has submitted plans for a new children’s day nursery to Preston City Council which will provide around 200 much needed places for local children.

    Acting as retained planners on behalf of Ashbridge School, NJL Consulting has prepared and submitted the full planning application for the proposed day nursery site at Maxy House Farm just off Sandy Lane, north west of Preston.

  • 14 Oct
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    NJL Consulting secure approval for £1 billion Trafford Waters development

    NJL Consulting is delighted to announce that Trafford Council’s Planning Committee has given the green light for the Trafford Waters development in Greater Manchester.  Trafford Waters will be located adjacent to the intu Trafford Centre and will include 3,000 new homes, 80,000 sq.m of offices, a school, a carehome, hotels and supporting facilities.  It will front the Manchester Ship Canal and include a ‘green’ bridge to the intu Trafford Centre.  Trafford Waters represents a £1 billion investment by Peel Land and Property in Trafford and is expected to generate 5,000 jobs.

    James Whittaker, Development Director for the Peel Group says “Peel Land and Property is delighted to secure approval for the Trafford Waters development which will bring a new and exciting sustainable neighbourhood to the borough of Trafford.

  • 07 Oct
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    Falling Grocery Prices and Planning

    Earlier this week I wrote how Brexit has impacted upon the retail market (a link to this blog is available here).

    In this blog I talk about how grocery retailers have been embroiled in a price war which has slashed margins and in turn, led to higher import costs and general supply chain costs spinning off from leaving the EU.  This could mean that grocery retailers have no option but to put up prices again post-Brexit.

  • 03 Oct
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    Survival of the Fittest

    Last week it was reported that UK retail sales had taken an unexpected dip in September.  This was accompanied by claims that warmer than normal weather could be to blame, or people overspent in August so cut back for a month.  However, in addition to the speculation about it being a short term phenomenon, is the very real possibility that the reason is actually due to a dent in consumer confidence which has sprung from the uncertainties surrounding Brexit.

    On the day of the Brexit poll I attended a Seminar titled ‘Retail & Town Centres: Where next? put on by the RTPI which included a talk by Mohammed Chaudhri of Experian Decision Analytics.  His talk was about the prospects for the UK economy and the retail sector, it looked at how the economy had faired since the recession, explained why there had been a slowdown in 2016 and looked forward to a post Brexit time.  The crux of his analysis was that;

  • 28 Sep
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    Obliged to oblige?

    Highlighted in her recent blog, Justine started a discussion on why new homes are not being built in the UK and ways in which the build process can be sped up to facilitate the growing demand. 

    An issue that runs hand-in-hand with the delivery of housing is the need for local authorities, be it local, county or national, to deliver the infrastructure requirements needed to support new developments.  There is also the ever growing need for affordable homes to be delivered to meet the growing demand currently faced by local authorities.


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