COVID-19 Adjustment and Innovation

As we all settle into some form of routine, working from home on desks in the spare room and video conference calls, we thought it prudent to reflect on the changes and challenges we are all facing in these difficult times. The key message from the Government’s Chief Planner in his letter at the end […]

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IPS Notice regarding COVID-19 Virus

  Owing to the recent acceleration of the virus within the UK, IPS would like to take the opportunity to reassure our clients, old and new, that we are working hard to minimise disruption to our work and practice and potential impact on our services to you. We are dutifully following the precautions set by […]

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New Government White Paper on Planning Reform

by Robert Wilson           New Government White Paper on Planning Reform Where next for Town and Country Planning? The Government’s Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said in October 2019: “We are going to be bringing forward a white paper on planning reforms. We’ll have to see what happens in the coming weeks to be able […]

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IPS Leads Architects Briefing Events

Throughout the new year, IPS have been sharing our experiences of the planning system with our architect colleagues in a series of informal seminars. The presentations covered a wide variety of topics, of specific relevance to architectural practice. This included the general permitted Development Order (GPDO) and changes to the prior approvals for both barn […]

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IPS attend Swindon Six Nations Charity Dinner

IPS were invited to attend a Six Nations Dinner with our clients, Hills Homes last week. The evening was hosted by former England captain Dylan Hartley and included a preview and highlights of the forthcoming 2020 Six Nations Tournament and a Q and A session. The evening was greatly enjoyed by those in attendance and […]

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Completion of Agricultural Barn Conversion – Holt, Wiltshire

IPS was instructed by owner of a site in Holt, Wiltshire to assist Ashely Design Associates with a proposal for the conversion of an agricultural barn to a single residential dwelling. This proposal was completed under the prior notification procedure and the application was submitted under Part 3, Class Q of the General Permitted Development […]

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Northern Ballet: 50th Anniversary Gala

Impact Planning Services are proud to have sponsored two dancers at the Northern Ballet, Rachael Gillespie, a First Soloist and Ashley Dixon a Principal Soloist. Rachael began dancing at the Judith Hockaday School of Dance and Drama (Swindon) and Central School of Ballet. Rachael joined the Northern Ballet in 2007 and previously danced with Scottish […]

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Need for Elected Member Training

by Robert Gillespie           Thoughts on the process involved in Planning Committees reaching decisions on planning applications. The need for elected member training I dread to count the number of planning committees which I have attended having witnessed what can only be described as “palm tree justice”.  Not all my clients’ […]

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Merry Christmas from all at IPS

It has been a busy year for all at IPS and in celebration of the past years’ hard work the team enjoyed a festive evening of tapas and drinks in Swindon. We’d like to thank everyone with whom we’ve worked over the past year. We wish you the very best for the festive season, and […]

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Congratulations to Benjamin Seward!

Congratulations to our colleague Ben who has completed his Masters Studies at Oxford Brookes University, graduating with an MSc (hons) in Environmental Impact Assessment and Management. Ben completed his studies over the past 2 years whilst continuing to work at IPS. The course covered a wide range of topics including Neighbourhood Planning, GIS Modelling, EIA […]

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