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Opinion: We can't create gender-inclusive cities without a gendered perspective in planning policy

Many women feel unsafe walking alone in cities after dark but planning policy is largely failing to respond to gender-specific needs, writes Olivia Docker.

Opinion: Going back to nature in urban design

Policies acknowledging the importance of greening need to enable developers to implement measures without compromising the scheme itself, writes Grant Leggett.

Opinion: We need to integrate people and place in strategies for urban renewal

With Michael Gove back at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, there is some prospect of renewed momentum on the agenda, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Ways out of the nutrient neutrality impasse

Current interpretation of the habitat regulations has left the housebuilding industry trapped and the absence of action threatens the government's levelling up objectives, writes Lawrence Turner.

Opinion: Reaping the community benefits of build to rent

Affordable housing has to date had a relatively small part to play in build to rent developments. Andy Jones looks at whether more should be delivered as part of the package of community benefits.

Opinion: Why do they never learn?

The gap has grown between outcomes in British regional cities and their continental counterparts, and current government policy won't close it, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: We need a grown-up policy response to the polycrisis

Government is failing to live up to its own rhetoric, with planned changes to the NPPF falling far short in helping the UK meet its carbon budget, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: When the commonality between classes collapses

There has been a separation of interests and objectives between the working class and the middle classes that used to align with it, and divides are set to worsen, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Towards a new form of levelling up and regeneration

Policies in the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill and moves by rebellious backbench MPs both include some measures that may contribute to a new vision for levelling up and regeneration, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: Make design inclusive right from the start to create better, safer cities

A gender-responsive approach to city planning and design should become business as usual and not a special consideration, writes Sowmya Parthasarathy.

Opinion: Look locally to respond to the retail revolution

Strategies for renewing or replacing declining shopping centres will be highly locational and localised, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Making the most of the opportunity in suburban build to rent

Build-to-rent suburban communities have a part to play in delivering on the levelling up agenda, writes Ian Barnett.

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