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Institutions must engage with businesses and their communities, as Teesside University is doing to help Tees Valley recover from the closure of the SSI steelworks, writes professor Jane Turner.
February's report from the Committee on Climate Change, the independent government advisory body, came to the unsurprising conclusion that more must be done to ensure new and existing homes are fit for a warming planet and to minimise carbon emissions.
Increasing automation of employment has implications for city transport, housing markets and the concept of employment land, writes Tim Williams.
And it means councils are increasingly avoiding selling land to, or partnering with, developers. Chris Brown looks at possible solutions to this problem.
As if the possible impact on jobs, the economy and housebuilding rates weren't enough, the growing prospect of a "no-deal" Brexit also raises fears of planners being mired in legal confusion over former EU rules.
Urban regeneration has become an adjunct of the property sector and needs to rediscover its values, writes Tim Williams.
A new wave of placemaking could be on the way, where local authorities and communities co-produce new and regenerated places, writes Chris Brown.
Politically speaking, high-density housing is definitely in vogue. The tragedy at Grenfell seems to have done little to dampen the enthusiasm, with both national and local politicians looking for a solution that appears to offer a route to providing the homes needed without encroaching on valued green fields (or green belt).
East London's regeneration strategy put a focus on delivering community benefit alongside regeneration and investment. This has resonance in Sydney, writes Tim Williams.
The government's choice of chair for its Building Better, Building Beautiful commission provoked controversy, which distracts from the debate, writes Chris Brown.
The government's consultation on allowing shops, restaurants and other high street uses to change to offices without planning permission raises concerns, says Joey Gardiner.
The private sector housebuilder business model cannot deliver the homes we need, so government should be looking to incentivise new approaches, writes Tim Williams.
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