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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.

Opinion: What do we do now?

Opinion: What do we do now?

While the political class remains in disarray government will struggle to deal with the economic consequences of the Brexit vote and the multitude of treaty negotiations it will have to juggle.

Opinion: Housebuilders set to take cover in wake of leave poll

Opinion: Housebuilders set to take cover in wake of leave poll

Don't panic" has been the refrain of the UK's housebuilders, developers and housing associations since June 24. All are expecting a market reaction to last month's Brexit vote but, by and large, they are sitting tight until indications of its scale start to emerge.

Opinion: Referendum result heightens market fears

Opinion: Referendum result heightens market fears

Many issues have yet to be resolved before we can assess the full impact of Brexit, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: A question of standards

Opinion: A question of standards

Rules provide safeguards but some standards may need a fresh look, writes Stephen Gleave.

Opinion: Cities have to walk the walk

Opinion: Cities have to walk the walk

Research has quantified the benefits of walkable urban places, but questions remain over who gains, says Tim Williams.

Opinion: Why Croydon needs design review

Opinion: Why Croydon needs design review

Croydon is vibrant but not beautiful. The council is aiming to change that perception with the help of an independent review panel, writes Heather Cheesbrough.


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