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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.

Opinion: Putting the focus on housing design quality

Opinion: Putting the focus on housing design quality

The audit of housing design quality being led by Professor Matthew Carmona of the Bartlett School of Planning will provide quantitative evidence to inform policymaking, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: A tale of two Conservative urbanists

Opinion: A tale of two Conservative urbanists

Tim Williams contemplates the track record of the UK's new prime minister and the qualities of the returning co-chair of a government-initiated commission.

Opinion: We have to take the likelihood of climate change seriously

Opinion: We have to take the likelihood of climate change seriously

Research and record temperatures are repeatedly reminding us of how our climate is changing, and we need to take this seriously when designing new places, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: End of Help to Buy raises housing delivery questions

Opinion: End of Help to Buy raises housing delivery questions

By any assessment the government's doomed Help to Buy policy has had an extraordinary effect on the housing market.

Opinion: South Wales needs a long term plan for transport infrastructure

Opinion: South Wales needs a long term plan for transport infrastructure

The Welsh government's decision to drop plans for a relief road around Newport is sound, but South Wales still needs transport infrastructure and ways to fund it, says Tim Williams.

Opinion: Getting political about land

Opinion: Getting political about land

A new report commissioned for the Labour Party has made a clear case for placemaking, but leaves Chris Brown wondering about its political impact.

Opinion: Make measurement meaningful for places

Opinion: Make measurement meaningful for places

There are many ways of evaluating placemaking, but Chris Brown asks whether we can measure outcomes in a way that reliably differentiates successful locations from unloved ones.

Opinion: Developers should have a mission to design for health

Opinion: Developers should have a mission to design for health

Discussion around physical and mental health focuses on concerns like foods, drinks and social media, but we should also be looking to urban design, writes Ken Dytor.

Opinion: TfL's deal demonstrates how to do better with public land

Opinion: TfL's deal demonstrates how to do better with public land

Transport for London's partnership with private landlord Grainger is a model that could be followed outside the capital, writes Dean Clifford.


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