Archive of April 2013 - Transforming Cities

Town Council’s will have planning powers

on April 19th, 2013 in Uncategorized by | No Comments

Under the Localism Act 2011, a town council may produce a development plan for its area. This has implications for big cities containing historic towns and villages that wish to assert their identity, or which wish to make decisions more locally. 

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Could it be the revival of the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield?

on April 19th, 2013 in Uncategorized by | 10 Comments

Update: Sutton Coldfield’s Royal status was confirmed by the Government in an Adjournment Debate in the House of Commons on Thursday, 12 June, 2014: http://www.transformingcities.co.uk/?p=6362 Why is the name the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield important? It is about the extraordinary legacy of Henry VIII and Bishop Vesey.

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Could Tesco put some love back into Britain? (Updated)

on April 17th, 2013 in Uncategorized by | No Comments

Tesco’s credit rating has been downgraded to ‘junk’ status by Moody. Tesco is a part of Britain’s geography, with a store in every postcode area, but now the store’s new chief executive, Dave Lewis, has announced that 43 unprofitable stores will be closed and plans for 49 new stores will…

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Dine in the shadow of Pugin

on April 12th, 2013 in Uncategorized by | No Comments

You are invited to dinner in the shadow of Augustus Pugin at Saint Mary’s Convent, Lozells, Birmingham

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Transforming local centres, creating jobs, and paying for it all

on April 8th, 2013 in Uncategorized by | No Comments

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge on new development to fund infrastructure that the local community wants.

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Something scary behind the Elizabethan panelling

on April 1st, 2013 in Uncategorized by | No Comments

At Canon’s Ashby, an Elizabethan manor house in Northamptonshire, wall paintings dating from the late 1500s have been discovered behind timber panelling added in the early 1700s. The wall paintings include a depiction of the story from the Old Testament in 1 Kings, Chapter 13, when the evil king Jeroboam is denounced by…

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Britain’s landmarks: Can you be sure of Shell?

on April 1st, 2013 in Uncategorized by | No Comments

After the horrors of the First World, there was a renewed interest in Britain’s heritage and a desire to create a land fit for heroes. It was a time of hope and renewal. The increasingly mobile British public embraced the idea of a day out at a historic site, but…

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