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WS Planning, Reigate leads the way with new apprentice
Don't miss out, final application deadline this Sunday!
Local business news
Looking to grow - fancy some free consultancy & fresh ideas?
Enterprise Nation Partnership
WordPress & Digital Marketing Knowledge Clinics
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Consultation - Local Needs Assessment
Closing 30 April

The Council’s Planning Policy team is currently in the process of preparing evidence for a new Local Plan which will plan for the development needs (housing, employment, retail, open space etc.) of the borough over the time period of 2019 to 2039.


It would therefore be appreciated if you could complete the questionnaire by 30 April.


Should you have any queries please contact the Planning Policy team on 01737 276000 

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18 April 09.00-13.00 Presentation Excellence Workshop, The Well House Inn, Mugswell CR5 3SQ.  Find out more


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Consultation on Main Modifications to our Development Management Plan

We are currently seeking comments on proposed changes to our Development Management Plan (DMP). For more information and to get involved, please visit the website.


Reigate & Banstead Business Support Grant Do you have a business based in the borough with less than four employees? Are you looking to grow?  Why not apply for our Business Support Grant of up to £1,000? 


Successful business grant applicants will also receive one year's membership to Enterprise Nation 


Do you need start-up funding for your business?  Struggling to get funding from a mainstream provider? Have a look at responsible finance provider Fredericks Foundation, who may be able to help.



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WS Planning, Reigate leads the way with new apprentice
Max Rayner joined the Practice in September 2018 as one of only 6 people in the UK undergoing the new Architectural Assistant Apprenticeship. Max will be working them us 80% of the week and for the remainder he will be studying at London South Bank University and undertaking other “off the job” training. Max’s family background involves the building industry, and this ignited his interest in building design and architecture as a profession. Max feels his strengths are in learning on the job and the new Apprenticeship route seemed ideal.
WS Planning & Architecture were delighted to be approached by such a proactive and mature school leaver and were keen to provide the opportunity for Max to unlock his potential, following this innovative new pathway and pursue his career aspirations by offering him an Apprenticeship. This is a minimum of a four-year commitment between WS Planning & Architecture, Max, and London South Bank University.
Max attended The Beacon School, Banstead and went on to Reigate College to study A Level Maths, Geography, Photography and B-TEC Applied Science. He brings youthful enthusiasm to the Practice and has already shown an ability to learn quickly. Max will be working mainly on Stages 2 to 3 of our Four Stage Planning & Design Process, undertaking Measured Surveys, and producing Concept Designs and Developed Designs in 2D and 3D.
The Practice are planning to set up an Architectural Apprentice Placement on a yearly basis. Please contact Lee Barker  if you have any aspiring architects looking for a unique pathway to becoming an Architect.
Lee Barker, Architectural Director at WS Planning & Architecture, said: “We are thrilled to be at the forefront of this new route into the profession. Max impressed us with his attitude and we are delighted to be able to support him.”
Professor Lilly Kudic, Head of Architecture, School of The Built Environment and Architecture at London South Bank University said: “We're delighted that WS Planning & Architecture are supporting the architectural assistant apprenticeship so positively, and very pleased to warmly welcome Max Rayner to London South Bank University as part of the first cohort of undergraduate apprentices in the UK. Both WS and Max have taken genuine initiative in participating in this exciting venture to bring practices and schools of architecture closer together and enable those wanting to study architecture to benefit from workplace-based learning - and freedom from the debt which inhibits many students from entering programmes in architecture. We feel confident the partnership between Max, his practice, and LSBU will provide a great combination to develop his learning and wish Max every success with his professional career.”
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