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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.


Case study: Intergenerational housing

Case study: Intergenerational housing

Purpose-built homes for elderly people are often provided in stand-alone developments, but a project in east London promoted a more integrated approach, finds Josephine Smit.

Advice: Securing local employment in major developments

Advice: Securing local employment in major developments

Local employment targets should be included in planning permissions for major schemes, but provision of training is also important to ensure targets are met, finds Ben Kochan.

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.

Case study: Regeneration through creative industries

Case study: Regeneration through creative industries

Mixed use development has helped to stimulate regeneration of Swansea's High Street, by looking beyond the mainstream, writes Josephine Smit.

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.

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.

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