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Opinion: The emotions of place, by Chris Brown

Opinion: The emotions of place, by Chris Brown

It's always good when someone reputable produces some research that reinforces one's views, even if we recognise the dangers of being selective with the evidence we allow to influence us.

Opinion: Builders want headroom to deliver cheaper homes

Opinion: Builders want headroom to deliver cheaper homes

Last week's announcement by London's deputy mayor for planning Jules Pipe, that the capital is to set a 66,000 per annum housing target when it revises the London Plan will have provoked some rueful grins from developers.

Opinion: Get smart about urban density

Opinion: Get smart about urban density

Our cities need to accommodate an increasing population but some urban dwellers are highly resistant to development. Tim Williams looks beneath the surface of the debate.

Opinion: Housebuilders need spur to pursue design quality

Opinion: Housebuilders need spur to pursue design quality

I was told an interesting story last week. Apparently, before the election, the Prime Minister decided that something had to be done about the poor quality design of the homes and places produced by speculative housebuilders.

Opinion: Give economic development professionals the tools to do the job

Opinion: Give economic development professionals the tools to do the job

A survey of economic development practitioners in local government has found they are not being adequately supported to deliver. Suzanne Malcolm outlines the concerns.

Why developers are wary of Corbyn's estates policy

Why developers are wary of Corbyn's estates policy

Last week's pledge by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to end "forced gentrification and social cleansing" on large estate regeneration projects was hailed in some quarters as a transformative political move. But, many of the policies Corbyn put forward could have been taken from the government's own Estate Regeneration National Strategy (ERNS), published last year. Nevertheless, his promise to turn what is currently best practice guidance into legal minimum requirements raises issues.

Opinion: Local authorities need resilience to deliver growth

Opinion: Local authorities need resilience to deliver growth

Councils are facing a string of challenges in providing placemaking services but step changes in delivery can occur in challenging times, writes Steve Ottewell.

Opinion: There's more to a smart city than technology

Opinion: There's more to a smart city than technology

It also needs smart government that can identify the needs of the city and use data to manage it, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Consumers cry out for better designed homes

Opinion: Consumers cry out for better designed homes

A recent survey by finance firm Market Financial Solutions UK reinforced the message that UK adults do not want to live in new housing developments. Previous surveys suggested that the proportion of people not prepared to live in a speculative new builds was between 67 per cent and 75 per cent. The latest one comes in at 81 per cent.

Opinion: What a more diverse industry could do for places

Opinion: What a more diverse industry could do for places

Can greater diversity in the built environment professions improve the quality of places we create? Stephen Gleave gives his answer.

Opinion: The road to somewhere

Opinion: The road to somewhere

Tim Williams sees up close the damage done to city roads by prioritising car drivers' needs, and finds opportunities in technological change.

Permission in principle may well not deliver, by Joey Gardiner

Permission in principle may well not deliver, by Joey Gardiner

This summer, one of the key building blocks of the government's housing drive, guidance on how permissions in principle (PIP) and local authority brownfield registers will work together, was finally put in place.


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