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Opinion: There is a problem with allocations of small sites

Opinion: There is a problem with allocations of small sites

No doubt the report issued by the Federation of Masters Builders (FMB) about the struggles faced by small housebuilders will have faded in your mind since Christmas.

Opinion: Garden villages and garden towns are a new solution to an old problem

Opinion: Garden villages and garden towns are a new solution to an old problem

Government support for garden communities is good news, but it raises questions about vision and governance, writes Stephen Gleave.

Estate regeneration vision will be hard to realise, by Chris Brown

Estate regeneration vision will be hard to realise, by Chris Brown

The government's recently published Estate Regeneration Strategy and Good Practice Guide is a fascinating melange of ideology and experience.

Opinion: Modular developers should learn from mobile homes

Opinion: Modular developers should learn from mobile homes

If developers want to increase modular housebuilding, they should look at the homes and places being created by the park home sector, writes Michael Hardware.

Opinion: Driverless cars in rudderless cities?

Opinion: Driverless cars in rudderless cities?

Combining autonomous vehicles and good place-making is not going to be easy.

Opinion: A technological future for planning?

Opinion: A technological future for planning?

It's a year since the 24 councils involved in the Department for Communities and Local Government's (DCLG) 'statutory notices for the 21st Century' pilot submitted their final reports.

Opinion: Office schemes are more than places to work

Opinion: Office schemes are more than places to work

A new report has gathered evidence to demonstrate how office development can add value to places, writes Bill Page.

Opinion: Will depot mistake derail Old Oak Common vision?

Opinion: Will depot mistake derail Old Oak Common vision?

Ever since former London mayor Boris Johnson set up Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) last year, the body has been touting its scheme as the UK's largest regeneration project.

Opinion: We need to make the most of shovel-ready regeneration, by Chris Brown

Opinion: We need to make the most of shovel-ready regeneration, by Chris Brown

As the Chancellor hunts for ways to inject growth into the economy, it seems likely he will be considering a variety of housing initiatives such as Build to Rent, Custom Build and shovel-ready projects.

Opinion: A cultural fit for economic development

Opinion: A cultural fit for economic development

The government's culture white paper presents opportunities for local authorities that can recognise culture's contribution to the growth agenda, writes Dawn Hudd.

Opinion: Blood on the coal

Opinion: Blood on the coal

Tim Williams gives a personal view of the crime at Aberfan, in Wales, following its fiftieth anniversary, and says how it has shaped his career.

Opinion: The issue of neighbourhood noise will reshape our cities

Opinion: The issue of neighbourhood noise will reshape our cities

The government's response to noise pollution has been woeful, says Chris Brown, but new technology coming to London streets could influence policymakers, planners and citizens.


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