Building Beautiful, No Matter What They Say.

The Weekly Newgate Engage Planning Blog by Scott Harker If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then nowhere is this more the case than when it comes to the design of new homes. A housing development that looks beautiful to one group of people may be considered to be an absolute eyesore to…

Do Or Die [In a Ditch]

The Weekly Newgate Engage Planning Blog By David Scane There is an urban legend that in a major city you are never more than 6 feet away from a rat at any given time. For the past month the same has felt true of the Government’s “Get Ready for Brexit” posters.  These adverts, part of…

Planning Barometer 2019: Natural Partners – But Poles Apart

By Perry Miller With Brexit continuing to dominate the headlines, it is easy to forget that other urgent and ongoing issues – which arguably have a far greater impact on people’s daily lives – continue unchecked. And certainly, when it comes to the ongoing housing crisis, local politicians are far from ready to join in…

Newgate in Housebuilder magazine: The Race to 300,000 Homes

The article below, taken from this month’s Housebuilder magazine, is written by Newgate’s David Scane. David Scane, associate partner at Newgate Communications, argues that annual housing targets should reflect the number of new homes in the “planning pipelines”. This could benefit local authorities and developers alike. Last month in an interview with the Times Housing…

Newgate in Housebuilder magazine: The Perfect Application

The article below featured in the December edition of Housebuilder magazine. Newgate associate partner David Scane observes a scene that might be familar to many developers as the vagaries of the planning process scupper “the perfect application”. On a cold evening in September I sat in the public gallery of a local authority watching the…

Time to Stop the Rot as Council Leader Quits 60 Hour a Week Job

This week has seen the resignation of a respected and relatively youthful leader of a relatively good quality council in the Northwest because he is no longer prepared to let his family pay the price for his 60-hour working week. Councillor Alex Ganotis, leader of Stockport Council, is stepping down after next year’s elections when…