Bidwells’ partner Mike Derbyshire and Perkins&Will's head of Urban Design Peter Baird join Blackstock founder Andrew Teacher to discuss the government’s new Oxford Cambridge strategy

The government’s new Oxford Cambridge strategy, announced today by the housing minister, takes forward numerous recommendations from our Radical Regeneration Manifesto published just over a year ago.

MHCLG’s OxCam Spatial Framework is viewable here and we have recorded a special edition of Propcast, our property podcast, to discuss it. Listen to the podcast via LinkedIn, Apple, Spotify or SoundCloud. Bidwells’ partner Mike Derbyshire and Perkins&Will’s head of Urban Design Peter Baird join Blackstock founder Andrew Teacher.

At the end of 2019, Blackstock Consulting created an industry-wide think tank with clients and friends including Bidwells, Perkins&Will, Apache Capital, Grosvenor, L&G, L&Q, Bruntwood, ilke Homes and many more. We held a dozen events and published a 100-page report setting out 16 policy recommendations to reform planning, embrace digital engagement and drive forward density around transport hubs while also embracing offsite manufacturing. 

Property chiefs have today warmly welcomed Government measures to create a new planning body across the Oxford Cambridge Arc – something we called for in major press articles everywhere from The Times to the Oxford Mail. As part of an ambitious two-year plan to build homes and create significant new commercial space to house Britain’s life sciences revolution, ministers are effectively ripping up the local plan system and admitting that it is not fit for purpose.

The magnitude of this is not to be underestimated. 

Clearly, Blackstock Consulting was not the only organisation pushing for these changes (albeit our report is noted on page 10 of the MHCLG document today). However, it underlines the value of collaboration. It shows how with a real focus and with integrated campaigning – that combines research (conducted by our team) with campaigning, high impact media relations and sound advocacy, real change can be made.

You can download the full report here.

The Radical Regeneration Manifesto has won several awards, most recently beating Mastercard, IBM and AT&T to win Best Thought Leadership Campaign at The Drum Awards.  

Participants

Mike Derbyshire

Partner

Bidwells

Peter Baird

Head of Urban Design

Perkins&Will

Andrew Teacher

Founder

Blackstock Constulting