Virtual paves way for real world building

By Scott Harker, Consultant, Newgate Engage Yesterday’s announcement that planning meetings and consultation should proceed digitally will see a system which has been notorious for its slow pace of reform catapulted into the 21st Century. Whilst it’s been permitted for some aspects of the process to be carried out virtually, in practice physical meetings in windowless…

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…

Social housing: Solving Britain’s Housing Crisis

By Jessica Beckett A hundred years ago housing was made a national responsibility with the introduction of the Housing Act. A watershed moment in social housing, the legislation provided subsidies for local authorities to help finance the construction of houses for the “working classes” in post-World War One Britain. But a century on, and with…

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…

The Letwin Review: No Yeezy Answers

Written by David Scane, Associate Partner Newgate Communications Most people, when asked, will tell you that there are strikingly few comparisons to be made between Kanye West and Sir Oliver Letwin. However, it turns out that the two men share one vital thing in common- a love of releasing highly anticipated work with very little…

David Scane joins Newgate

David Scane joined Newgate in September 2018, where he sits within the Engage team as an Associate Partner. David has worked in communications for the past 7 years, working alongside housebuilders, land promoters, and commercial developers. He has advised clients on a local, regional and national level, and regularly provides comment and opinion pieces in…