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Cycling Urbanism

On April 18, 2017, Posted by , In Almere Blog,Uncategorized, With No Comments

What is it with New Urbanism and Cycling? Working in the built environment as in any field there are competing beliefs, theories and ideologies vying to shape projects.  From the point of view of trying to design for high rates of cycling we often draw strongly on successful models from Northern…

Dissington Garden Village – Exemplar Design

On January 26, 2017, Posted by , In Almere Blog,Uncategorized, By ,, , With No Comments

After a lot of work from all involved the planning application for the Dissington Garden Village is now live, and being considered by Northumberland County Council. The project delivers a new village of 2000 homes, as well as nearly half a million sq ft of community, education, and employment space. A…

Press Reaction to Garden Villages

On January 3, 2017, Posted by , In Almere Blog,Uncategorized, With No Comments

On bank holiday Monday DCLG announced the first 14 Garden Villages, as well as 3 more Garden Towns. Reaction in the press has been questioning but positive.  The Independent are slightly sceptical of “Lush greenery, bounteous employment, plentiful and fast transport links” but largely pro St Cuthberts near to Carlisle. The Sun…

Smiths Dock

On November 27, 2016, Posted by , In Almere Blog,Uncategorized, By , , With No Comments

It’s not often that something interesting in housing and development happens on our doorstep, but Places for People and Urban Splash are in the process of building 34 prefabricated “hoUSe” homes at Smiths Dock North Shields.  These are the first of up to 850 houses and apartments on a brownfield…

Autonomous Vehicles

On October 9, 2016, Posted by , In Almere Blog,Uncategorized, With No Comments

Open a newspaper these days and you’ll see prediction after prediction that “Driverless Cars” are set to take over the world in the next 5-15  years and create a market worth up to $2.6 trillion a year. Why is this relevant for sustainable development, after all it’s just more cars,…

Garden Village Guide to Active Travel

On September 2, 2016, Posted by , In Almere Blog,Uncategorized, With No Comments

I went looking for a guide to building walking and cycling networks in new settlements, and found there wasn’t one.  The guide below is a working draft, comments and contributions so far have been welcome and positive.  Version 3.0 includes detailed case studies.        

A Trip to Poynton

On August 25, 2016, Posted by , In Almere Blog,Uncategorized, With No Comments

Unusually this blog comes to you from a service station on the majestic M6 in the heart of the Lake District, in some ways scenic, in others not. As I sip a tall Starbucks and the car gulps Ecotricity there’s time to get a few thoughts down.  This afternoon I…

Defining the challenges: Creating Streets For All

On August 10, 2016, Posted by , In Almere Blog,Uncategorized, By ,,, , With No Comments

I’m currently working on the Masterplan for a “Locally Led Garden Village”. In some ways it’s early days, the site boundaries for new housing won’t be fixed until latter in the year after spending some time talking to the public. In other ways the thinking on how we get this…

Local Growth

On June 29, 2016, Posted by , In Almere Blog,Uncategorized, With No Comments

Almere Consulting work on residential development further afield but our commercial development work is predominantly focused on North East England. Both are likely to be impacted by last week’s referendum verdict and both will respond to any measures implemented by the UK Government over the coming weeks and months. Anecdotally…

How wide is Main Street?

On June 27, 2016, Posted by , In Almere Blog,Uncategorized, With No Comments

I’m currently working on an estate masterplan with Farrells Architects and Place on Earth Landscape.  Following attempts to cram ever more hard and soft landscaping in and around our “Main Street”, with width approaching 30 metres wide and building heights creeping up the comment arose “it’s not exactly beer & cricket”. This sums…