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Need to know: Deal paves way to create garden city's centre

Need to know: Deal paves way to create garden city's centre

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation has acquired a site that will allow it to bring forward the commercial and residential heart of the Kent garden city.

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Case study: Regenerating a historic town centre site

Case study: Regenerating a historic town centre site

When the anchor supermarket moved out of the centre of a Sussex town it triggered a transition to leisure, which had to be carefully handled, finds Josephine Smit.

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.


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Opinion: Good design requires good designers and clients

Opinion: Good design requires good designers and clients

The government's National Design Guide for new housing is fundamentally flawed in its belief that regulation can deliver good design, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: How cities can work for all

Opinion: How cities can work for all

Civic dialogue is needed to identify a city's key challenges and opportunities and lead to effective answers and delivery, writes Tim Williams.

No special planning treatment for homes built using modern methods, by Joey Gardiner

No special planning treatment for homes built using modern methods, by Joey Gardiner

Last week the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) made clear it will make no changes to the planning system to encourage the building of more homes using modern methods of construction. It comes despite compelling evidence that using such methods can significantly speed the delivery of homes, and a promise to consider reforms in the 2017 Housing White Paper.

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