News

2020

The Future of Travel Demand

As professional services businesses adjust to life working from home, our Transport Planning Director, Paul Lulham reflects on how the current circumstances are likely to change our travel and growth patterns in the future. Read More

Government to allow “virtual” planning committees

The government has now published draft regulations which will allow planning committees to continue in a virtual form during the current lockdown. Read More

A Response to Covid-19: Keeping Planning Moving!

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government issued their latest Planning Update Newsletter to all Local Authorities, with the expected focus on the implications of the ongoing COVID-19 situation for the planning system. Read More

How is Planning Responding to the Coronavirus Crisis?

The fast-developing Coronavirus crisis and associated Government self-isolation measures threaten to have serious implications on businesses, large and small and across many sectors. The Government has responded with a number of emergency fiscal measures and the relaxation of certain rules, including planning regulations, to help businesses cope with the ongoing crisis. Read More

Business Continuity & Covid-19

It's clearly a worrying time for our clients, business partners and colleagues. At DHA we have robust measures in place as part of our business continuity plan to ensure we deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. Read More

Spring Blueprint

It has been a busy start to 2020 and our latest newsletter highlights some of the interesting schemes secured over the winter, including 45 new homes in Matfield for Fernham Homes, a new HQ for Vinorium - the UK’s leading Australian wine merchant, staff accommodation for NHS workers and replacement school buildings in Canterbury. Read More

Planning for the Future

Following the announcements in the 2020 Budget, government have released 'Planning for the Future' which sets out their plans for for housing and planning. Read More

Car parks are critical to town centre sustainability

Outline permission has been granted by Ashford Borough Council to bring forward a future-proofed car park for 500 cars as part of the wider Town Centre Masterplan. Read More

Planning helps drive growth for Big Motoring World

As part of its ongoing planned expansion, top independent car retailer Big Motoring World instructed DHA to secure permission for change of use for a former logistics building on a site very close to the junction of the M25 and A10 in Broxbourne. Read More

Extension is priority for Faversham school

Abbey School in Faversham can now replace an existing teaching block after planning permission was secured from Swale Borough Council. Read More

Kent Local Plan Update

As Kent’s largest independent planning consultancy combining expert advice on town planning and development, transport, design, environmental impact and infrastructure, with in-depth local knowledge, we provide an insight to the Kent Property Market Report with a specific Kent Local Plan update. Read More

Many healthy and happy returns from investing in leisure

Health and wellbeing has gained increasing prominence in planning matters over recent years. Read More

Climate Change – the benefits of rewilding and forest regrowth as part of the growth agenda

Whether it be the recent fires in Australia, the heat waves that encompassed Europe last summer, the flash floods in Asia, or Greta Thunberg’s thousand-yard stare every time she encounters a certain Mr Trump, climate change has never been more in our consciousness. Read More

Could urban orchards become a core issue for planners?

Could it be a case of history repeating itself? Alex Hicken, Managing Director at DHA, considers what the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission’s recommendation to plant two million trees for streets across the UK could mean for our region, and beyond. Read More

Barn Conversion in Sevenoaks Green Belt

Planning approval secured for a farming family in the Sevenoaks AONB. Read More

Spring Budget 2020

With the General Election out of the way, and the Government’s 80-seat majority giving political stability, attention now turns to the Budget on 11 March. Matthew Woodhead and Paul Lulham, Directors of DHA, consider who the winners and losers will be. Read More