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Opinion: Blame for bad design can't be pinned on planners

Opinion: Blame for bad design can't be pinned on planners

There will be a couple of developers - namely Genr8 and Berkeley - breathing small sighs of relief at the moment, having narrowly dodged the bullet of winning the Carbuncle Cup.

Opinion: Planning guidance has yet to catch up with PRS reality

Opinion: Planning guidance has yet to catch up with PRS reality

The private rented sector has potential, but in order to flourish it needs a proper legislative response, led by government, says Tom Hyde.

Opinion: What will make a success of the Thames Gateway

Opinion: What will make a success of the Thames Gateway

Regeneration of the Thames Gateway has been in progress for two decades, but a new growth commission is looking for ideas. Chris Brown shares one or two.

Opinion: Planning must be more than process and control

Opinion: Planning must be more than process and control

Beauty, rhythm and delight are not top priorities when choices are made about buildings and spaces that shape places, says Stephen Gleave, but planners can give more creative responses.

Opinion: How do we get the numbers right?

Opinion: How do we get the numbers right?

You cannot cut property prices by building more homes and you cannot reduce congestion by building more roads, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Khan's viability plan poses questions, not answers

Opinion: Khan's viability plan poses questions, not answers

The London mayor's new panel of viability experts will look to maximise affordable housing in new schemes, but Joey Gardiner has doubts about the approach.

Opinion: We need to turn the housing delivery system on its head

Opinion: We need to turn the housing delivery system on its head

Summer can be an interesting time in politics. With a new Prime Ministerial direction and a new ministerial team in DCLG housing supply policy is under the microscope.

Opinion: We need an industrial strategy for the housing industry

Opinion: We need an industrial strategy for the housing industry

Our housing market is dominated by a small number of suppliers with a narrow product range and that's not delivering the homes we need, argues Chris Brown.

Opinion: Khan's affordability goals pose a placemaking risk

Opinion: Khan's affordability goals pose a placemaking risk

Since the election of Sadiq Khan as London mayor, the Greater London Authority (GLA) has stressed that the 50 per cent affordable housing platform he campaigned on is a long-term goal, not an immediate criteria by which all applications will be judged. But recent news from the Olympic Park showed he is serious about hitting the target in the long term.

Opinion: Brexit brings political urgency to regeneration

Opinion: Brexit brings political urgency to regeneration

Tim Williams sees opportunities for urban regeneration following the vote to leave the EU.

Opinion: Investing in good design is in housebuilders' best interests

Opinion: Investing in good design is in housebuilders' best interests

Last week, at the Housing Design Awards, the speculative housebuilders that build the vast majority of our new homes and places managed to scoop only a small proportion of the prizes for creating the best designed schemes. Development firm Countryside was the honourable exception.

Opinion: All change at the top?

Opinion: All change at the top?

The arrival of a new Prime Minister and a new cabinet have prompted questions about commitment to flagship housing policies. But don't expect a change of direction from the new team, says Michael Hardware.


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