Newgate in Housebuilder magazine: Stepping up to the council plate

The article below featured in the April edition of Housebuilder magazine. Newgate partner, Zoe Ensor, head of Newgate North, thinks it is time that industry experts stepped forward to become councillors to shift the balance in council chambers. The media spotlight landed on a new phrase recently with the public being introduced to the term ‘land banking’. The Prime Minister’s determination to shift focus away … Continue reading Newgate in Housebuilder magazine: Stepping up to the council plate

ADVENTURE ISN’T OUT THERE:   Why the furore over zip wiring across the Lake District is emblematic of the challenges faced by rural economies.

An outpouring of outrage greeted plans to install a set of aerial zip wires across the Lake District’s Thirlmere Reservoir – with a planning application for the £1.8m facility last week pulled at the eleventh hour. Yet, more than just a planning battle over a Cumbrian beauty spot … the case of Treetop Trek is a posterchild of the challenges facing rural economies.  It’s one … Continue reading ADVENTURE ISN’T OUT THERE:   Why the furore over zip wiring across the Lake District is emblematic of the challenges faced by rural economies.

Newgate announces next stage in the development of Newgate Engage and its regional network

Rebecca Eatwell appointed Head of Newgate Engage and of regional offices Paul Kelly, former head of Harrison Cowley and Trimedia, to work closely with Rebecca as Newgate builds capability across its UK network Newgate Communications is pleased to announce that it has promoted Rebecca Eatwell to become Managing Partner and Head of the Newgate Engage practice.  She succeeds Andy Martin, who is leaving the company. … Continue reading Newgate announces next stage in the development of Newgate Engage and its regional network

Pint for planning?

by Mark Kerr, partner, Newgate Engage So the House of Lords thinks that decisions about licensing the countries pubs, clubs and restaurants and about those who sell us booze in an increasing number of retail outlets, should in the future be managed by our councils’ planning committees. Peers think that the Councillors and council officers who pontificate and determine planning applications make better decisions and … Continue reading Pint for planning?

Planners as Rent Collectors

The column below is taken from the February edition of Housebuilder magazine. By Stephen Byfield, Partner at Newgate Communications and founder of our sister agency PPS Group. Years ago, I wrote a lot about the problems of securing planning permission.   But in the last few years Government reforms have had an effect.   Most councils now have a local plan in place or in preparation and … Continue reading Planners as Rent Collectors