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Opinion: Look for the middle way out of the housing crisis

Opinion: Look for the middle way out of the housing crisis

We need innovative and varied solutions that middle-income earners can afford if we are going to address the housing crisis, writes Xander Vermeulen Windsant.

Opinion: Time is running out to make a difference in red wall communities

Opinion: Time is running out to make a difference in red wall communities

With four years to the next general election, the government needs to be planning now if it is to deliver urban transformation for post-industrial areas, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: We need to change the way we do development

Opinion: We need to change the way we do development

If we leave it to the untrammelled market, we will keep on getting the placemaking we've always had, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: Why £4 billion is not enough to level up

Opinion: Why £4 billion is not enough to level up

The chancellor's £4 billion levelling up fund is welcome, but reversing the lengthy spiral of disinvestment in people and places calls for more, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: The master developer model is still not for the fainthearted

Opinion: The master developer model is still not for the fainthearted

The sale of Urban&Civic has illustrated the potential of the master developer model, but don't expect many others to rush to follow its lead, writes Joey Gardiner.

Opinion: Shift the focus to the non-financial outcomes of development

Opinion: Shift the focus to the non-financial outcomes of development

The challenge is to find consensus policies that tip the playing field towards those who want to invest in, and deliver, a better world, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: We need to inject emotional meaning into buildings

Opinion: We need to inject emotional meaning into buildings

Too often corporate development focuses on designing buildings no-one will dislike, rather than buildings most people would love, writes John Marx.

Opinion: Where next for the UK's cities?

Opinion: Where next for the UK's cities?

To answer that question we need to understand the extent of economic devastation inside and outside London, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Politicians are getting the sustainability message

Opinion: Politicians are getting the sustainability message

Local political leadership is driving a string of new sustainable neighbourhoods and the UK government will be making its own mark, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: The importance of defining levelling up

Opinion: The importance of defining levelling up

Levelling up is a good thing and the Treasury now needs to define it, as a new report highlights, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Can developer groups help enable delivery?

Opinion: Can developer groups help enable delivery?

County-wide collaborations between players from housing and the public sector are the way ahead, argues Michael Hardware.

Opinion: Giving the people what they want

Opinion: Giving the people what they want

Should the industry continue to provide standard housetypes or allow occupiers to decide on design? There is a middle way, writes Chris Brown.


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