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 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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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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Swindon Borough Local Plan Review 2036: Regulation 19 Consultation

Swindon Borough Council are currently carrying out a review of the current Local Plan for the Borough of Swindon. Housing delivery in Swindon is increasingly reliant on large-scale new communities allocated for development in the Local Plan 2026, including the New Eastern Villages and Kingsdown. Due to delays in delivering these strategic sites, there is […]

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Submission of Application for Residential Development at Croft Yard, Wanborough

IPS is pleased to announce the submission of an application to Swindon Borough Council for the development of 9 residential dwellings at Croft Yard, Wanborough. The application site is located within the village’s urban framework, adjacent to the rural settlement boundary and to the east of the village of Upper Wanborough. The site is a […]

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