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Opinion: Covid has made levelling up harder

Opinion: Covid has made levelling up harder

Covid-19 has widened not only the health gap between north and south, but also the economic gap, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: We need a strategic approach to bringing homes to the high street

Opinion: We need a strategic approach to bringing homes to the high street

As retail declines and the introduction of permitted development rights changes our high streets and town centres, Anna Kiho makes the case for community.

Opinion: Where government's focus on design quality could fall short

Opinion: Where government's focus on design quality could fall short

The government's new guidance around the design of new homes and neighbourhoods gives advice but won't necessarily drive better design quality, writes Joey Gardiner.

Opinion: Facing up to the hard choices of climate change

Opinion: Facing up to the hard choices of climate change

The global climate change predictions set out by scientists mean the only significant uncertainty is the speed and scale of our response, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: It's time to think radically

Opinion: It's time to think radically

After the prime minister's levelling up speech and ahead of the government's white paper on the issue, Nigel Wilcock looks at where focus is needed to address regional inequality.

Opinion: Balancing homes and jobs to level up

Opinion: Balancing homes and jobs to level up

In some parts of Britain there are too many homes and not enough jobs, and in others too many jobs and not enough homes, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Working in the areas of the country that need us most

Opinion: Working in the areas of the country that need us most

Two recent reports looking at different aspects of deprivation provide pointers for placemakers, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: Transport is the route to urban revival

Opinion: Transport is the route to urban revival

There is an opportunity to shape and integrate time-worn urban centres with transport projects, writes Colin Bennie.

Opinion: What levelling up can learn from east London

Opinion: What levelling up can learn from east London

The experiences that helped shape the regeneration of Barking and Dagenham should guide current efforts to level up, says Tim Williams.

Opinion: The importance of public purpose

Opinion: The importance of public purpose

A professional body's debate about whether public interest obligations are compatible with members' interests is telling, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: The private sector cannot deliver enough homes

Opinion: The private sector cannot deliver enough homes

That means the public sector needs to intervene to directly develop homes too, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: How a low rise alternative to residential towers saved Norwich from a "monstrous carbuncle"

Opinion: How a low rise alternative to residential towers saved Norwich from a "monstrous carbuncle"

Why a developer dropped its legal challenge to the refusal of its Norwich high rise scheme is unclear, as is the secretary of state's reasoning in the case. But the presentation of an alternative low rise masterplan seemed to play a big part, writes Joey Gardiner.


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