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Government to ban leasehold for new houses

Government to ban leasehold for new houses

Monday, July 31, 2017

Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid has announced Government plans... Read More

 New London Office Announcement

New London Office Announcement

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Optimis is delighted to announce the opening of a new office in Central London later... Read More

  Planning approved for 3 dwellings in Wootton

Planning approved for 3 dwellings in Wootton

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Optimis is delighted that a planning application has been approved by Bedford Borough Council’s Planning Committee, following Officer recommendation for approval, for the refurbishment and extension of the existing 2 cottages and the construction of... Read More

Optimis awarded RTPI Small Planning Consultancy of the Year 2017

Optimis awarded RTPI Small Planning Consultancy of the Year 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Optimis was named Small Planning Consultancy of the Year at the United Kingdom and... Read More

Optimis welcomes Natasha Abbott to the team

Optimis welcomes Natasha Abbott to the team

Monday, June 12, 2017

Natasha has joined Optimis as part of our graduate training programme and will be assisting our Planning and Land Departments. Natasha graduated from Aberystwyth University in 2015 with a Batchelor of Geography and is currently studying a Masters in... Read More

Planning consent granted for care home in Long Buckby

Planning consent granted for care home in Long Buckby

Monday, May 22, 2017

Optimis is delighted that planning consent was granted by Daventry District Council for the provision of a 72-bed care home, 10 extra care units and 7 extra care bungalows. The site had outline planning permission for commercial use as part of a wider... Read More

Do you own undeveloped or surplus land in Bedford Borough?

Do you own undeveloped or surplus land in Bedford Borough?

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Bedford Borough Council will run their 2035 Local Plan Consultation from 24th April to 9th June 2017. Please contact Justin Wickersham on 01234 330624 to ensure that you maximise this opportunity to promote your land for development. For further... Read More

Top tips for selling land for development

Top tips for selling land for development

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

You may have inherited some land, you may have a large garden, you may have bought a bit of land as an investment; but how much is it worth and how can you sell it? Whatever the size of your land you will want the best possible deal. Here, Dominic... Read More

Optimis successfully achieves a viable future for pub in Silsoe

Optimis successfully achieves a viable future for pub in Silsoe

Monday, April 3, 2017

Optimis successfully assisted a client in bringing forward a regeneration proposal for a vacant public house in Silsoe. The scheme included four much needed residential units in the district as well as retaining the existing ground floor public house use... Read More

Planning application approved in Tower Hamlets

Planning application approved in Tower Hamlets

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Optimis is delighted that a planning application for external and internal alterations to a building currently comprising of two commercial ground floor units and residential above has been approved by London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Following refusal... Read More

UPDATE: Draft Local Plan for Central Bedfordshire Council

UPDATE: Draft Local Plan for Central Bedfordshire Council

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Having considered the implications of the Housing White Paper which was published on the 7th February, Central Bedfordshire Council have announced that the Draft Local Plan will be published for Consultation, subject approval, at the end June 2017 for 8... Read More

Ensure your land is included in the Bedford Borough Local Plan 2035

Ensure your land is included in the Bedford Borough Local Plan 2035

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Are you a land owner? Important opportunity to ensure your land is included in the Bedford Borough Local Plan 2035 As you may have heard in the news Bedford Borough Council has prepared a Consultation document “Local Plan 2035” that has now... Read More

Optimis Consulting is nominated for prestigious planning industry award

Optimis Consulting is nominated for prestigious planning industry award

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Optimis is delighted to be a finalist in the category for Small Planning Consultancy at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2017. The RTPI Awards are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning... Read More

Guest Blog from Artist, Annabel Ossel

Guest Blog from Artist, Annabel Ossel

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Eagle Gallery was very excited to collaborate with Optimis Consulting to showcase the work of some of their artist members. In the first display, held from October 2016 to January 2017, 5 paintings by Les Miller, Mike Townesend, Martyn Burdon and... Read More

Help shape your community

Help shape your community

Thursday, January 26, 2017

An opportunity has arisen to have your say as to how you would like your community shaped. What are the priorities in your area -amenities, transport, jobs, new homes? Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) are running Community Planning drop-in sessions... Read More

Inspectors disagree over affordable homes threshold

Inspectors disagree over affordable homes threshold

Sunday, January 22, 2017

An inspector has recently refused permission for a development of nine homes at Ovingdean, Brighton due to the negative visual impact of the proposals. The inspector considered whether Brighton and Hove City Council could seek an affordable... Read More

Ministerial statement on neighbourhood planning under threat

Ministerial statement on neighbourhood planning under threat

Monday, January 9, 2017

A group of 18 claimants have threatened to launch a legal challenge to overturn the government’s move to strengthen neighbourhood plans in areas where the locals authority does not have a five-year land supply. The written ministerial statement... Read More

Optimis welcomes Simon Chapman to the team

Optimis welcomes Simon Chapman to the team

Friday, January 6, 2017

Optimis is delighted to welcome Simon Chapman to the team.  Simon has joined as Planning Director and will be overseeing the planning department.Simon is a  Chartered Town Planner, having qualified as a Member of the Royal Town Planning... Read More

Optimis wins two technical appeal arguments

Optimis wins two technical appeal arguments

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Optimis has recently won two technical appeal arguments and one of them is on a significant matter: whether the proposal would make adequate provision towards education in the area arising from the development of two 3-bed dwellings. The Council of the... Read More

Optimis supports homeless charities

Optimis supports homeless charities

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Optimis is pleased to support a couple of homeless charities this year.  Shelter, a charity that helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through advice, support and legal services and The Prebend Day... Read More

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