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Need to know: Deal to deliver 4,000 homes across West Midlands

Need to know: Deal to deliver 4,000 homes across West Midlands

West Midlands Combined Authority is working with Lovell Partnerships to deliver more than 4,000 homes on brownfield sites over eight years.

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Case study: Refurbishing and extending a London estate

Case study: Refurbishing and extending a London estate

A 1920s-built housing estate in west Kensington is being comprehensively regenerated in a programme that is taking around eight years, finds Josephine Smit.

Case study: When children get the chance to shape a place

Case study: When children get the chance to shape a place

A Manchester project has explored child-friendly design by asking children to create a play structure for a planned park and prototyping the end result, finds Josephine Smit.

Case study: Converting unused and underused spaces to homes

Case study: Converting unused and underused spaces to homes

London housing association Poplar HARCA is two thirds of the way through a successful scheme to unlock hidden homes and is sharing its learning with others, Josephine Smit finds.

Case study: Creating housing with local character

Case study: Creating housing with local character

How can qualities such as character and beauty be defined when it comes to new homes in suburban and rural areas? New guidance and developments provide responses, finds Josephine Smit.


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Opinion: Redefine how high streets are owned and managed

Opinion: Redefine how high streets are owned and managed

We have an almost complete policy vacuum on active ground floor uses that are so important to generating social capital, wellbeing and community cohesion, writes Chris Brown.

Starter home policy may not be quite as ready to go as government thinks

Starter home policy may not be quite as ready to go as government thinks

August's announcement by housing secretary Robert Jenrick of new rules around shared ownership was probably most significant for the wider policy hints it contained.

Opinion: London's lessons in leveraging community benefit

Opinion: London's lessons in leveraging community benefit

An Australian delegation on a fact finding mission in London has been pleasantly surprised at the community benefit leveraged from the development process and the 2012 Olympics, writes Tim Williams.

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