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Communities Secretary: “building better and beautiful will deliver more homes”

James Brokenshire: “building better and beautiful will deliver more homes” – New commission announced to champion beauty in the built environment

The Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, has launched a commission to champion beautiful buildings as an integral part of the drive to build the homes communities need.

The ‘Building Better, Building Beautiful’ Commission will investigate measures to help ensure new developments meet the needs and expectations of communities. This is to make them more likely to be welcomed rather than resisted.

New planning rules “to boost build out rate for large sites”

New planning rules “to boost build out rate for large sites”

Sir Oliver Letwin’s report said new rules would require developers to build a wider range of properties with different designs and tenures, to speed up build out rates.

In his interim report, he said he could not find “any evidence” that major developers are “holding land as a purely speculative activity” – and their business models instead rely on selling houses.

Instead, having too many identical properties on large sites – and the limits on how quickly these can be sold – is the fundamental reason behind the slow build out rate.

Bedford Borough Council’s carbon emissions reduced by over half

Bedford Borough Council carbon emissions reduced by over half

In 2011 Bedford Borough Council set a target of reducing carbon by 40% but the Council has gone even further and hit a 53% reduction in carbon emissions since 2009/10.

Works across the Council’s buildings have included lighting upgrades, installation of solar panels, and Borough Hall has been converted from oil fired boilers to a biomass boiler.

Further projects delivered by the Council have seen improved lighting installed at a number of the car parks including Lurke Street, Queen Street and River Street which have already seen huge savings; with a 50% saving in just one year at Queen Street.

Center Parcs celebrates a decade being recognised with The Wildlife Trusts Biodiversity Benchmark

Woburn Forest Center Parcs final village to get wildlife award

The Wildlife Trusts and Center Parcs are celebrating an important milestone this week. It has reached its ten year anniversary as holders of The Wildlife Trusts’ Biodiversity Benchmark accreditation.

With four villages already accredited, Woburn Forest was the final village to be awarded the benchmark this year.

Center Parcs has worked with The Wildlife Trusts and other environmental and ecological organisations for three decades. It has shared knowledge, records and plans, working together for the protection and enhancement of natural environments.

Have your say on the UK’s future trade negotiations

Have your say on the UK’s future trade negotiations

For the first time in over 40 years, the UK will be able to determine who it trades with and the public will have a say on the terms of these trading agreements.

The government want to maximise the UK’s trade opportunities globally and across all countries.

It wants to boosts the trading relationships with old friends and new allies, and by seeking a deep and special partnership with the EU.

FREE fire safety advice for Bedfordshire’s small businesses

Business Safety Week (10 – 16 September)
As part of Business Safety Week, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is offering free fire safety advice to small businesses. The advice will be given at an event on Thursday 13 September between 10am and 3pm at The Kokni Community Centre, 1-3 Bury Park Road, LU1 1HB. Members of the public are also welcome to attend.

Fire Safety Officers will be providing information and advice to help reduce the number of fire incidents and false alarms in the workplace. Both of which impact business safety and productivity.

Business News: Looking for Business Space in Bedford?

New business space available this autumn
Bedford i-Hub on Cauldwell Street is set to open in October. It will be a new business incubator centre in the middle of town.

The i-Hub is a 3000 square foot Georgian building brought back into use following investment by Bedford Borough Council.

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