Ruth Reed’s book shortlisted for award

Ruth Reed’s book, ‘Building in Arcadia – the case for well-designed rural development’ is one of 4 finalists in the Urban Design Group Book Awards 2020. The judges noted:

Book Cover - Building in Arcadia: The case for well designed rural development
Building in Arcadia: The case for well designed rural development

This year from a longer list of ten or so books we have selected four, which each distil learning from practice in different ways. Urban Lighting for People merges practical knowledge about lighting design with theory and research, Building in Arcadia documents the design challenges encountered in rurality, Walkable City Rules offers a guide for how to negotiate modal shift and Climax City offers an account of why and how cities are shaped and how we can intervene in them in an interactive way. 

Read more at https://www.udg.org.uk/events/national-urban-design-awards/2020/national-urban-design-awards-2020

Ruth’s book is available at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Building-Arcadia-well-designed-rural-development/dp/1859468969 other book retailers and the RIBA bookshop

Our Director, Ruth Reed, interviewed for World Architecture Day

Ruth Reed, self-build architect and director and Green Planning Studio Ltd

One of our Directors, Ruth Reed, has been interviewed for World Architecture Day by Frame Technologies about her work as a self-build architect and her interest in self-build homes.

Ruth Reed, self-build architect and director and Green Planning Studio Ltd
Ruth Reed, self-build architect and director and Green Planning Studio Ltd

World Architecture Day is a global day dedicated to celebrating architecture.

Meet Ruth Reed this World Architecture Day

If you would like to find out more about our services that are geared towards self-build homes please get in touch

Planning has been granted for a replacement dwelling Ford, Shropshire

Planning has been obtained for a replacement dwelling in the conservation area of Ford, Shropshire. The house is to be built to full Passivhaus standards with photovoltaic panels on the south-facing rear roof. The design echoes the local brick barns with their gable upstands and soft red brick walls, however, the roof and porch will be clad in zinc to blend with the pv panels. The structure will be a twin-panel timber frame on a structural slab supported by piled foundations – necessary because the site is made-up ground.

Passivhaus design granted planning permission in a Conservation Area. First Floor Plan
Passivhaus design granted planning permission for a replacement dwelling in a Conservation Area. First Floor Plan
Green Planning are Passivhaus Trust Members. Front Elevation
Green planning can help you with all of your Passivhaus design and planning needs. Ground Floor Plan
Green planning can help you with all of your Passivhaus design and planning needs. Ground Floor Plan
Passivhaus Trust Member
Passivhaus Trust Member

Happy Christmas

On Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day #christmasjumperday2019,
Green Planning Studio Ltd would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our customers and visitors a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year from everybody at Green Planning
Green planning sporting their Christmas Jumpers for #christmasjumperday2019

2019 has been another successful year winning more cases and gaining more planning permissions for a host of diverse sites. As we approach the end of the decade 2020 promises continued growth for us as a practice and many more planning permissions granted for our clients.

Our offices will be closed from 5 pm on the 24th of December 2019 until 9 am on the 2nd of January 2020 inclusively.

Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year from everybody at Green Planning
Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year from everybody at Green Planning

If you are thinking of a project that may need planning permission or some Architectural Design please feel free to contact us. We would be happy to advise you.

Green Planning return to the Holiday Park show

Once again Green Planning Studio will be at the Holiday Park & Resort Innovation Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

Holiday Park and Resort Show 2019

Green Planning is exhibiting on Stand H608

We have had very successful shows here before and look forward to another great show. The show is open on the 6th and the 7th of November. If you are there pop along and say hello. Tickets are Free.

Matthew Green in full flow
Matthew Green in full flow at a previous show
Matthew Green speaking at a previous show

Green Planning at Grand Designs Live again

Green Planning Studio at Grand Designs Live in 2018

Once again Green planning Studio are at Grand Designs Live

Green Planning Studio will be at Grand Designs Live again to give planning and Architectural advise

Green Planning's stand is all set up. Come and say hi at stand B2 in the Grand Build zone
Green Planning’s stand is all set up. Come and say hi at stand B2 in the Grand Build zone

Come and visit us on Stand B2 in the Grand Build area at the NEC from the 9th to the 13th of October. We have regularly attended Grand Designs Live at both the NEC and at the Excel in London over the last few years.

If you have any questions about obtaining planning permission on a difficult site, architectural design or any of our other services then please pop along to our stand and say hi.

Last year was a very busy show for us. If you have a project you are thinking about we would love to hear from you this year.


Advertorial in The Times “Has your planning application been refused?”

Advertorial in the Times: Has your planning application been refused

Green planning studio has an Advertorial in today’s edition of The Times in the Homes and Gardens feature:

Has your planning application been refused?

Planning is one of the greatest hurdles to overcome for anyone wanting to build a large extension or a new home. Knowing if an application is necessary at all is the first step.

Listed buildings, conservations areas, protected landscapes and green belt can place even more requirements on householders. Applications often can be necessary for even the most modest of extensions and alterations in these areas.

If you do need to apply, understanding the opportunities for development available to you through planning policy, the constraints that you must work within, combined with a well-designed scheme are the key components of success.

However, if your application is refused your dreams are not necessarily over. It is possible that the reasons for refusal could be overcome by changing the scheme and resubmitting it. If the Council has refused your application and it was line with its policies or national planning policy the best course may be to appeal.

To appeal you will need to make a clear case for your scheme quoting planning policies and backing up technical statements with expert reports on matters such as heritage, trees, landscape, flooding, highways and ecology if these have been cited as reasons for refusal.

Green Planning Studio can appraise your scheme and advise on the best options at application and appeal stage. We have a great track record in winning appeals for homeowners in urban and rural areas, keeping client’s dreams on-track to success.

If you have had a planning application refused then lodging an appeal may be an option. Contact us to see if we can help you with a new application or an appeal.

Ruth Reed’s latest RIBA book launched

Book Cover - Building in Arcadia: The case for well designed rural development

Ruth Reed, director of Green Planning Studio, has just had her latest book launched. The book: “Building in Arcadia: The case for well designed rural development” identifies key barriers to rural development, and how planning applicants (whether householders, developers and landowners), and most particularly their agents who make the applications (architects, landscape architects or planners) can address, and overcome, them.

Book Cover - Building in Arcadia: The case for well designed rural development
Building in Arcadia: The case for well designed rural development

The book focuses on the positive aesthetic role buildings can play in the landscape, and proposes sensitive development. Building in Arcadia also explores the essential economic, social and environmental case for more building in the countryside to make the countryside more viable. It aims to actively engage, challenge and provoke debate – as well as offering practical ways forward.

Featuring on the cover of the book is Lovedon Fields - a worked example of the Rural Development Assessment. that secured the strategic gap with a strong village edge and a beautiful meadow
Featuring on the cover of the book is Lovedon Fields – a worked example of the Rural Development Assessment. that secured the strategic gap with a strong village edge and a beautiful meadow
Lancaster Cohousing one of the case studies of different ways of living in rural areas featured in the book
Lancaster Cohousing one of the case studies of different ways of living in rural areas featured in the book
The Wintles, Bishops Castle is another case study. The Wintles is an early eco scheme nestled by the Shropshire Hills AONB now settling into its landscape with shared allotments and Public Open Space
The Wintles, Bishops Castle is another case study. The Wintles is an early eco scheme nestled by the Shropshire Hills AONB now settling into its landscape with shared allotments and Public Open Space

Ruth speaks at Celebrating Women in Architecture event #IWD2019 ♀️

Yesterday, Ruth Reed spoke at the Celebrating Women in Architecture event run by the Birmingham Architectural Association and the RIBA. Ruth described her work at Green Planning Studio after her term as RIBA president, The event was part of the Birmingham Architectural Association’s celebration of International Women’s Day  #WomensDay #IWD2019 ♀️

Ruth Reed describing her work at Green Planning Studio after the RIBA presidency, as part of the Birmingham Architectural Association’s celebration of International Women’s Day
Ruth Reed describing her work at Green Planning Studio after the RIBA presidency, as part of the Birmingham Architectural Association’s celebration of International Women’s Day

 

Ruth Reed at Better Design for Better Places Conference

Our Director, Ruth Reed, led a break out group on Development in Rural Areas and on Green Field Sites at the University of Birmingham last week. The session in the Senate Chamber, chaired by Ruth, was at The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s ‘Better Design for Better Places Conference’ focusing on Building Better, Building Beautiful. The conference looked at the need for better quality design in housing schemes. #designqualityconf