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Opinion: Floods problem requires smart thinking

Opinion: Floods problem requires smart thinking

Last month's serious floods, affecting large areas in the north of England, have put the issue of development on the flood plain back in the news.

Opinion: It's time to view economic development differently

Opinion: It's time to view economic development differently

That means looking at growth and inclusion through the lens of sustainability, rather than continuing to pursue growth at all costs, writes Mark Lynam.

Opinion: The tide is turning for town centres

Opinion: The tide is turning for town centres

Making the change from a sprawling, car reliant town with a bombed out high street to a fully functioning, attractive walkable place isn't easy, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: Plan transport for urban growth rather than to relieve congestion

Opinion: Plan transport for urban growth rather than to relieve congestion

There has been a lack of land-use and transport integration at the heart of infrastructure appraisal, writes Tim Williams.

Councils that overuse their new design muscle risk strangling housing delivery, by Joey Gardiner

Councils that overuse their new design muscle risk strangling housing delivery, by Joey Gardiner

Goldsmith Street in Norwich, the 105-home council housing development which won last month's Stirling Prize for architecture, was undoubtedly a timely victor.

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.

Opinion: Look beyond the seaside to the maritime economy

Opinion: Look beyond the seaside to the maritime economy

To get a true picture of the UK's coastal communities, it is important to recognise the value and potential of their maritime economy, writes Iain Mackinnon.

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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