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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.

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.

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