Newham Council has granted planning permission to London + Regional for Albert Island, an exciting new industrial site on the Thames. The decision is a welcome boost to industry in London and a step forward for new public realm.
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Newcastle City Council has shared its vision to transform the city centre and boost post Covid-19 recovery. Proposed designs by LDA Design will see key streets pedestrianised as part of a £50m city centre wide revamp that aims to create a healthier green city, drawing investment into the centre.
A new nature reserve in the Colne Valley will rewild 127 hectares of arable land, creating wood pasture, wetlands and flower-rich grassland using chalk taken from tunnelling under the Chilterns. The wildlife haven will use all three million tonnes of chalk excavated from a 10-mile tunnel for HS2. It will be a distinctive landscape that replicates local chalk ridges.
The City of Edinburgh Council has unveiled final proposed concept designs by LDA Design for the transformation of historic George Street. If approved, construction work could begin as early as 2023. Edinburgh World Heritage described the design as simple and elegant, with new elements carefully introduced to echo the symmetry and materials of the historic streetscape.
South Cambridgeshire District Council has voted to support outline proposals for Waterbeach New Town East, a new settlement of up to 4,500 homes close to Cambridge, brought forward by RLW Estates. It is a 20-year-long LDA Design project.
Plans to reimagine Strand Aldwych in central, described by Westminster City Council as "a massive shot in the arm for the local economy" are set to get underway. The scheme will turn this notorious bottleneck into a fantastic car-free public space.
Urgent action is needed to integrate transport and land use planning if the UK is to meet its 2050 carbon targets, warns The Royal Town Planning Institute on the back of new research by LDA Design, City Science and Vectos.