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Advice: Using social media to consult on schemes

Advice: Using social media to consult on schemes

Communities are using social media to discuss plans and schemes, so planners and developers need to develop strategies for constructive dialogue, writes Ben Kochan.


Case study: Creating a community that's inclusive and aspirational

Case study: Creating a community that's inclusive and aspirational

When a charity wanted to improve its facilities, it teamed up with a housebuilder and together they're creating an integrated housing scheme, writes Josephine Smit.

Case study: Designing housing for healthy living

Case study: Designing housing for healthy living

London's new East Village is home to a major research project looking at whether cycling and walking routes prompt residents to get fitter, Josephine Smit reports.

Advice: Planning for entertainment in public spaces

Advice: Planning for entertainment in public spaces

It pays to consider outdoor entertainment at the outset of regeneration schemes, and plan public spaces for flexibility, finds Ben Kochan.

Opinion: Is government investment going to deliver housing?

Opinion: Is government investment going to deliver housing?

Prime Minister Theresa May repeated the phrase 'the good government can do' numerous times at last month's Conservative Party Conference, a change from her predecessor's 'enemies of enterprise' complaints.

Advice: Using sculpture to enliven city centre spaces

Advice: Using sculpture to enliven city centre spaces

Works of art can make people look at public spaces differently and draw them into new areas, but they need to be kept fresh, finds Ben Kochan.

Advice: Promoting co-ownership housing

Advice: Promoting co-ownership housing

Co-ownership housing can create mutually supportive communities that contribute to their area, where councils identify sites and develop flexible planning policies, finds Ben Kochan.

Analysis: Cracking the challenge of skilling while you build

Analysis: Cracking the challenge of skilling while you build

Old approaches to providing local training and jobs on regeneration projects have had mixed success, so can other models do better? Josephine Smit finds out.

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.

Advice: Promoting good mental health and wellbeing through urban design

Advice: Promoting good mental health and wellbeing through urban design

Accessible green space and allotments, as well as lively streets, can contribute to feelings of wellbeing and help those at risk of mental illness, finds Ben Kochan.

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