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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.


Case study: Social sustainability in estate renewal

Case study: Social sustainability in estate renewal

Researchers are looking at the regeneration of a west London council estate to assess the social impact of its transformation, reports Josephine Smit.

Advice: Making space for community participation

Advice: Making space for community participation

Local authorities and developers need to take community participation out to local people, by looking to a location where they naturally congregate, writes Ben Kochan.

Case study: Building neighbourhood through a maker movement

Case study: Building neighbourhood through a maker movement

Manchester's NOMA is delivering development and transformation on a large scale, but some of its details are being created by local people, building community in the process, finds Josephine Smit.

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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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.

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