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Coming up: Go-ahead for 240-home scheme in Chelmsford

Coming up: Go-ahead for 240-home scheme in Chelmsford

Affordable housing provider Home Group has won consent for a 240 home development in Chelmsford, Essex.


Case study: Introducing sport alongside homes

Case study: Introducing sport alongside homes

A south east London military site had been largely separate from its community, but when developer Durkan built homes there a local cricket club came too, writes Josephine Smit.

Respect renewal areas' existing communities, by Chris Brown

Respect renewal areas' existing communities, by Chris Brown

I recently watched two films with placemaking themes. The first was Citizen Jane, the story of community activist Jane Jacobs' successful 1960s campaign against New York city planner Robert Moses' proposals for the destruction of Manhattan through large-scale demolition. The second, A Moving Image, based on the Reclaim the Streets protests in Brixton in 1998, asked intelligent questions about gentrification.

Review: A contemporary extra care complex

Review: A contemporary extra care complex

The design of Willow Barns creates a light and airy extra care complex that takes into account the needs of people with dementia, finds David Bridgwood.

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.

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