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INGHAM PINNOCK ASSOCIATES DECEMBER 2012 NEWSLETTER.
NEWSLETTER.

INGHAM PINNOCK ASSOCIATES | DECEMBER 2012 |..


As we draw to the end of 2012 and move into our third quarter of trading, we are pleased to report that the end of the year has been as busy and rewarding as when we started the company back in May.  We have recently been commissioned to undertake a number of fascinating instructions and continue to support existing clients implement great projects. 
 
We are looking to develop our quarterly newsletters over the coming year to not only provide an update of what we have been doing, but also to provide a summary of the the most relevant news and changes in the economic development and regeneration sector. On a lighter note, we are also highlighting facts and ideas that have caught our attention and imagination over the last few months in a series called ‘Salient Points’.
 
We hope that you find the following newsletter of interest and would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very merry Christmas and happy New Year.


MAILING LIST
Following the launch of our new website we have set up an online mailing list database which helps us to deliver you a more professional newsletter and helps us with the admin. We would be most grateful, if you haven’t done so already, if you could sign up to the database.  Unfortunately, we are not able just to transfer you across as we need your permission before we do so. Signing up only takes a few seconds and can be done if you follow this link.



NEW COMMISSIONS
REEPHAM ECONOMIC STRATEGY

We were appointed at the start of December to prepare of an economic strategy for the market town of Reepham, in Broadland District, Norfolk.
 
Broadland District Council set up a recession mitigation fund at the height of the economic crisis and has been supporting projects across the district to help drive local economic growth and combat the national down-turn.  Our brief is to take a fresh look at the economy of Reepham, a traditional rural market town and identify small-scale projects and programmes that can help the town sustain its important role whilst retaining its beautiful character.
To find out more follow this link.
EAST CROYDEN CYCLE STATION FEASIBILITY STUDY

We are pleased to be appointed by the London Borough of Croydon as part of a team led by Transport Initiatives to prepare a feasibility study for a new cycle station in East Croydon. The cycle station could form a major part of the redevelopment of the East Croydon Interchange, and support  cycling more generally in this dynamic borough. To find out more on this project follow this link.
 
CHANGE OF USE PLANNING APPLICATION FOR LISTED BUILDING

We are happy to have been asked to advise a client on the change of use of a listed property in Kent. We are currently reviewing a variety of solutions for the property that can deliver the owner a strong financial return and satisfy the local planning authority.



PROJECT UPDATES
REGIONAL GROWTH FUND ROUND 3 APPLICATION SUCCESS

We were delighted to be notified that the RGF round 3 application we made on behalf of Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership was successful and has secured £1.2m for the high technology sector in Northamptonshire. This will provide four different funding streams designed to respond to particular needs of the high performance technology sector. 
BRACKLEY TOWN HALL

As reported in our previous newsletter, we were appointed by Brackley Town Council to undertake a feasibility study for Brackley Town Hall and the Old Fire Station in the centre of the town. We have now completed the initial stage of work and are pleased to confirm that the Town Council has resolved to purchase the Fire Station and progress a comprehensive solution for both buildings. For more information please follow this link.
ARTICLES
IS THE LOCAL VOICE GROWING HOARSE?

Kate recently considered the effect of the Localism Act on local communities and stakeholders a year on from its launch and her thoughts were published in Public Finance and Local Government News. The article explores whether there are already signs that grassroots enthusiasm for localism is waning and suggests that the government might have over-estimated communities’ ability to take charge of the localism agenda. To read the whole article click here.
NEWS
AYLSHAM CASE STUDY FOR FEDERATION FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

We were invited by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) last week to share our thoughts on the importance of Christmas themed events to the economy of towns. The FSB are producing a film on the issue and Ross was interviewed to provide one or two points from the economic development practitioners perspective. The FSB spent the day in Aylsham, interviewing local business owners at the Frost Fayre event that the Aylsham Business and Enterprise Forum organised to help attract visitors and provide an additional offer to local residents in the run up to Christmas. Watch this space for further information on the video and the FSB’s take on the importance of Christmas events.
RTPI SITE VISIT

During early November, Ross and Kate accompanied Colin Haylock, President of the RTPI and Peter Wilkinson, Chairman East Midlands Region of the RTPI, alongside officers from South Northamptonshire Council and West Northamptonshire Development Corporation on a site visit to Towcester. Colin and Peter were most interested to see the way in which both the local authority and development corporation have made plans that will ensure that Towcester has the necessary infrastructure in place in advance of the urban extension to the south of the town. Both commented that they were impressed to see projects being progressed during the current climate.
HERITAGE ALLIANCE DEBATE: HERITAGE & TOURISM: WHO NEEDS WHOM?

We had a great evening during October attending the fascinating Heritage Debate hosted by The Heritage Alliance at Magdalen College, Cambridge.

Loyd Grossman, Chairman of The Heritage Alliance, hosted the debate led by a panel of speakers including: Dame Fiona Reynolds, shortly to step down from Director General of the National Trust to become the next Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge; James Berresford, Chief Executive of VisitEngland; Dr Marie-Louise Stig Sorenson, reader in prehistoric archaeology, and; Professor Robert Hewison, writer and visiting professor at Lancaster University.The topic for debate was ‘Heritage and Tourism: who needs whom?’

It was clear that all the speakers agreed that they need each other but that a careful balance needs to be struck to guard against the deterioration of heritage assets and the over-simplification of their role in our history. A more detailed write up of the event can be found by following this link.
ERIC PICKLES TO MAKE ESTABLISHING TOWN & PARISH COUNCILS EASIER

Eric Pickles outlines proposals to make it easier to set up new Town and Parish Councils as part of the Governments drive to hand back power to local communities. Have a look at the following pages for further information or indeed provide comment in the consultation follow this link.
IPA APPOINTED TO THE PRINCE'S FOUNDATION NETWORK

Having worked in parallel to the Princes Foundation for Building Communities in a number of locations where they are progressing Neighbourhood Plans, we were recently appointed to their Professional Network.  We were delighted to have been approved for membership and look forward to contributing our skills and expertise to the wide range of projects they are involved with.
 
Our first instruction for the Princes Foundation is a Neighbourhood Plan in Sprowston, on the northern edge of Norwich.  Whilst the Plan is already well underway, we have been appointed to provide strategic advice on the delivery of a number of exciting policies and ideas flowing from the community consultation exercise and discussion with the Town Council.
LITTLE CHART CRICKET CLUB WEBSITE

We are delighted to announce the launch of the new Little Chart Cricket Club website (www.littlechartcc.co.uk). We were pleased to have the opportunity to ‘do our bit’ for the Club by designing and developing the site. We have been working with the Club over the last few weeks to develop the site that provides a central point for information and as a method for attracting new members. To view the new site please visit www.littlechartcc.co.uk or follow @littlechartcc on twitter.




AYLSHAM DELIVERY PROGRESS
 
The delivery of the Aylsham Regeneration and Delivery strategy continues to go from strength to strength and support the town’s economy. On behalf of the Town Team we bid for Town Team Partner funding and secured £10,000, which matched with other funds will be used to procure a detailed masterplan for the town centre. We have also submitted a bid for funding to the High Street Innovation X fund and eagerly await the result.
 
The Town Team, led by the Aylsham Business and Enterprise Forum (a rejuvenated Traders Association as per our recommendations), launched Aylsham’s first Frost Fayre in a bid to increase events throughout the year that will help to drive up footfall and support local businesses. The event ran for three days and was hailed a fantastic success by the local community, visitors and businesses who all saw an real increase in trade across the three days. For further information on the event please follow this link.




LANDSCAPE INSTITUTE AWARDS
 
Kate was invited to judge the Neighbourhood Planning category of this year’s Landscape Institute Awards. On the whole, there was a fantastic range of submissions representing some exciting developments for the landscape profession.
 
Landscape Architects ‘erz’ were the overall winners for the Neighbourhood Planning category which sought to establish a viable solution for the St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross, which is registered as one of the World Monument’s most endangered cultural landmarks. Highly commended awards were also given to Allen Scott Landscape Architects for their work at Woodberry Wetlands, Stoke Newington and Maxim Urban Design for The Gatherings, Bakewell.
 
Of course, the big winner for the landscape profession this year has to be the fantastic landscape at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This was rightly recognised by the Institute and was awarded the President’s and the Peter Youngman awards. The Institute has developed a superb video highlighting the landscape scheme, to view please click here.
 
For further information on the awards please follow this link to the Landscape Institute website.
THE HIGH LINE SYMPOSIUM

We were delighted to be invited to present at the last day of the High Line Symposium at the Garden Museum in London.   Not only was it great to present at such a prestigious event, we were also delighted to have the opportunity to attend as the day provided a forum for a number of extremely interesting discussions regarding investment in Green Infrastructure (GI).  

The Symposium however took the discussion even further than usual, and by inviting speakers from a range of backgrounds the Landscape Institute ensured that the GI debate touched most aspects of the built environment, rather than solely focussing on landscape professionals. This sort of open event has to be the way forward if decision makers, whether public or private, are going to embrace GI and in turn not only help to ensure that development/regeneration is sustainable socially, economically and environmentally, but also that it can and does save money in the long run.Speakers during the morning included Boris Johnson (via video), Joshua David and Robert Hammond (The High Line, New York), Matthew Pencharz (Mayoral Advisor on Environment, Nigel Hughes (Director of Planning and Environment, Grosvenor) and Tom Butterworth (Senior Advisor, Natural England) and of course our own Ross Ingham.

Ross presented the benefits of investing in GI from the public sector/local government perspective. His presentation focussed on five key points:  GI’s ability to; Improve public perception and credibility of regeneration projects, generate impetus and resolve with public partners, improve market perception and attractiveness of development opportunities, establish a quality threshold, support the case for compulsory purchase orders and benefit developer procurements.

Ross and Kate then took part in a panel discussion at the end of the morning answering questions from the audience.  One admittedly light hearted Gardeners’ Question Time query in particular caught the panel out: Who would you like to see as a champion for GI?’, answers included Jeremy Clarkson(!), the late Roger Deakin, the Mayor of London and of course The Landscape Institute.



HERITAGE COUNTS 2012: REPORT PUBLISHED

English Heritage has launched the 2012 Heritage Counts annual survey, looking at the state of the historic environment. The fascinating report summarises key policy matters affecting heritage over the year and reviews funding, participation and listed buildings data. To view the document follow this link.
AND FINALLY...

IPA LAUNCH THEIR SALIENT POINTS SERIES

 
As we travel about the country and delve in to various data, we often come across some interesting and certainly remarkable information. We decided that on occasions when we do find an interesting nugget, we will share it with everyone in a series of mini articles and/or graphically represent it for your enjoyment! We have called this series ‘Salient Points’ and set out below our first two nuggets. We have already had some wonderful feedback to these, so please do feel free to comment!
SOCIETY FOR THE DIFFUSION OF BEAUTY

Prior to establishing the National Trust, Octavia Hill with her sister set up the Kyrle Society as a “Society for the Diffusion of Beauty”. The society sought to bring beauty in the form of art, music, books and open spaces into the lives of deprived urban communities.  It was named in honour of John Kyrle, a philanthropist from Ross-on-Wye who dedicated much of his life to improving green spaces and the quality of neighbourhoods in the town.
 
As an industry, are we a little afraid of using the word beauty in relation to places, buildings and green spaces?  Do we rely too heavily on technical language and evaluation criteria and lose sight of this vital yet simple concept?
TOURISM IN NATIONAL PARKS

As part of our work in Acle which borders the Norfolk Broads National Park we have been looking at the local tourist industry and in particular the role that National Parks play in the local economy. We have pulled together graphics to illustrate some of the most interesting statistics.

To view the graphics please follow this link.
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