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Need to know: London councils buy back 1500 homes under mayor's initiative

Programme helps 14 councils buy back homes lost through right to buy to meet need for social rented or homeless housing.

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Trumpington Meadows Grosvenor Paul Miller Kendrick

Case study: Boosting biodiversity alongside housebuilding

Provision of a country park at the new Trumpington Meadows neighbourhood in Cambridge has been good for biodiversity, residents and developers. Josephine Smit finds out how the park delivers.

Randalls Inland Homes

Case study: Converting a department store to homes

When a landmark west London department store closed in 2015, developer Inland Homes' saw its potential for adaptive re-use and it has now converted it for town centre living.

The civic centre site is being developed with 919 homes in all, with completion expected in 2029

Case study: Redeveloping a civic centre site with homes

Hounslow Council's civic centre has moved to the town centre, freeing up its former west London site for redevelopment with almost a thousand homes, Josephine Smit finds.

Case study: Enabling skills training alongside regeneration

A skills academy has been established to help maximise the employment potential of Thamesmead's 30-year regeneration programme.

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Opinion: A plea to the next Tory leader

Whatever the long term programme to move towards levelling up, the government's short term priority should be to support the immediate spending needs of hardest hit communities, writes Tim Williams.

Lucy Anderson Boyer

Opinion: Are we on the verge of localism 2.0?

The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill puts greater emphasis on allowing local voices to be heard in the planning process, but concerns remain, writes Lucy Anderson.

Mark Edgerley Boyer

Opinion: Is planning becoming more top-down or bottom up?

Mark Edgerley looks at plans to strengthen aspects of strategic planning, from neighbourhood planning to mayoral authorities.

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