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Opinion: Urban regeneration is central to shaping the city

Opinion: Urban regeneration is central to shaping the city

It can bring not only density, mixed uses and improved connectivity, but also clusters of talented people, employment and investment, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Make lives better for local communities

Opinion: Make lives better for local communities

It is essential that developers see existing communities as their main focus when they are creating new neighbourhoods, says Nicolas Guérin.

Opinion: Council corporations may not find land that cheap

Opinion: Council corporations may not find land that cheap

Legislation is paving the way for the proposed wave of new garden villages, towns and cities, but will it be enough to make a difference, asks Joey Gardiner?

Opinion: We need to do better for small businesses

Opinion: We need to do better for small businesses

Designated employment land is not offering small businesses the kind of quality locations they need, but residential development could hold the solution, argues Suzanne Malcolm.

Opinion: Reason to be cheerful

Opinion: Reason to be cheerful

In a UK real estate sector dominated by politics and economics, Chris Brown looks at how placemaking, design quality and sustainability can be prioritised.

Opinion: Why infrastructure doesn't deliver

Opinion: Why infrastructure doesn't deliver

Benefits claimed for big infrastructure projects can prove more fictional than the unicorn, because of the way projects are appraised, says Tim Williams.

Opinion: Khan's affordability deal looks like a tall order

Opinion: Khan's affordability deal looks like a tall order

The recent publication of the pipeline of tall buildings in London, pulled together by consultant GL Hearn, showed a record 455 schemes over 20 storeys at stages between application and completion.

Opinion: Put the identity back into towns

Opinion: Put the identity back into towns

UK towns are under threat, but they can fight back by identifying their unique characteristics and defining their place with a brand, says Suzanne Malcolm.

Opinion: The sector needs more skilled urban designers

Opinion: The sector needs more skilled urban designers

I had one depressing and one encouraging place-making experience last week. The depressing experience was at a design review panel for a local authority-led scheme. The positive experience was in a meeting with an academic teaching urban design and urbanism.

Opinion: Government must play its part in placemaking

Opinion: Government must play its part in placemaking

Much new development has created bad places, and it is often government coordination and investment that's been lacking, says Tim Williams.

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.


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