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Need to know: Sign off for £1.3 billion city region deal

Need to know: Sign off for £1.3 billion city region deal

Prime minister and first minister sign deal for Edinburgh and south east Scotland that is set to deliver more than 40,000 homes.

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Case study: Self build at scale in the capital

Case study: Self build at scale in the capital

A community group has won planning consent to create London's largest affordable self build housing scheme to date, and it has taken years of hard graft to get this far, finds Josephine Smit.

Case study: Passivhaus for an existing housing estate

Case study: Passivhaus for an existing housing estate

Low energy design principles have been adopted for the refurbishment of a 1960s Portsmouth housing estate, transforming living conditions for residents, writes Josephine Smit.

Case study: Delivering homes for local people in rural communities

Case study: Delivering homes for local people in rural communities

In a highly desirable Dorset location a community land trust and a housing provider have delivered homes that local people can afford, writes Josephine Smit.

Case study: Infill development with imagination

Case study: Infill development with imagination

Plans to develop six houses in south London demonstrate the challenges of bringing through small infill sites, and their potential, Josephine Smit finds.


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Opinion: One step forward for new settlements programme

Opinion: One step forward for new settlements programme

Last month's revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) contained an expanded section on supporting large-scale development that was much more detailed than either the existing framework or the March consultation draft.

Opinion: You can't reduce house prices by building more homes

Opinion: You can't reduce house prices by building more homes

That's because housing demand reflects the ability to finance a mortgage, rather than the need for shelter, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Measuring social impact

Opinion: Measuring social impact

If we could reliably identify and measure the social impact of regeneration, we would almost certainly want to rethink how we go about placemaking, writes Chris Brown.

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