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Opinion: Is it full speed ahead for HS2?

Opinion: Is it full speed ahead for HS2?

Now that the high speed rail link has Royal Assent it needs to be delivered, and we also need to think about the wider regeneration benefits, says Stephen Gleave.

Opinion: The lost opportunity of neighbourhood planning

Opinion: The lost opportunity of neighbourhood planning

A process that should have helped communities to shape local places has been hijacked, writes Michael Hardware.

Opinion: Planning healthier places for people to live, by Chris Brown

Opinion: Planning healthier places for people to live, by Chris Brown

Why do built environment professionals create places that contribute to preventable diseases and early death, despite evidence? A question that framed the built environment advisory body Design Council CABE's submission to a competition run by campaigners Social Change UK.

Opinion: A crisis of credibility in infrastructure appraisal

Opinion: A crisis of credibility in infrastructure appraisal

Appraisal on infrastructure projects in the UK and Australia gives cause for concern for a number of reasons, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Developers shrug off White Paper threats

Opinion: Developers shrug off White Paper threats

This month's Housing White Paper included a suite of measures designed to speed up the rate at which developers build out planning permissions.

Opinion: Design should be the focus for housing delivery

Opinion: Design should be the focus for housing delivery

Design quality seems to becoming back into policy vogue in government, and the Housing White Paper observes that "73 per cent of people say they would support the building of more homes if well designed and in keeping with their local area". The thinking behind this seems to be mainly driven by the recognition that poorly designed housing produces a rational nimby response.

Opinion: How can housebuilding deliver on quality?

Opinion: How can housebuilding deliver on quality?

No-one likes poorly designed homes being built in their midst, but it may take a big push to bring quality to volume housebuilding, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: Brexit Britain's regions need visionary thinking

Opinion: Brexit Britain's regions need visionary thinking

The regions need better policymaking than the kind of short-term thinking that has resulted in the 2018 cuts in the toll for the Severn Bridge, says Tim Williams.

Opinion: Why this generation of garden settlements will be built

Opinion: Why this generation of garden settlements will be built

The government's decision to kick off 2017 with the announcement that it had shortlisted 17 sites across England to be new garden villages and towns sent a message that it is taking the programme seriously.

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.


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