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Opinion: We can continue to consult without contact

Opinion: We can continue to consult without contact

No-contact consultation can be effective and fully comply with local authority requirements, although it has to be a different experience, writes Michael Hardware.

Opinion: It's time for developers to take health seriously

Opinion: It's time for developers to take health seriously

Placemaking practice should focus on some of the critical health outcomes that well designed places can influence, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: Big actions are needed to strengthen regional economies and bridge the achievement gap

Opinion: Big actions are needed to strengthen regional economies and bridge the achievement gap

The recent report of the UK2070 Commission chaired by Lord Kerslake sets out actions to overcome regional inequalities, which could be wins for government, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Redrow is wrong to think that buyers don’t want dense housing

Opinion: Redrow is wrong to think that buyers don’t want dense housing

Last month John Tutte, executive chair of Redrow, one of the UK's largest volume housebuilders, hit out at the conclusions of the government-backed Building Better Building Beautiful Commission.

Opinion: How to push housebuilding back onto the path of good design

Opinion: How to push housebuilding back onto the path of good design

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has pledged to deliver on the aspirations of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission. Chris Brown considers how.

Opinion: Wales is a good place for the government to start its levelling up

Opinion: Wales is a good place for the government to start its levelling up

With just under 30 per cent of its children found to be living in poverty, Wales should be in the sights of a government committed to helping left behind people and places, says Tim Williams.

Opinion: Beauty tips would help councils clamp down on schemes that don’t keep design promises

Opinion: Beauty tips would help councils clamp down on schemes that don’t keep design promises

One of the key asks from the government-backed Building Better Building Beautiful Commission was for improved enforcement to ensure developers adhere to approved plans when they build out schemes.

Opinion: Time for the regeneration sector to get back to what it was made to do

Opinion: Time for the regeneration sector to get back to what it was made to do

That is to improve the economic outcomes for under-served communities in the former industrial heartlands, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Grow the non-speculative, non-profit sector

Opinion: Grow the non-speculative, non-profit sector

That is what government needs to do through its policies if it is to optimise the social, environmental and economic outcomes of housebuilding and placemaking, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: Universities must retain their role in urban regeneration

Opinion: Universities must retain their role in urban regeneration

Without the dynamism of the tertiary education sector, many cities in the UK would be on their last legs, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Floods problem requires smart thinking

Opinion: Floods problem requires smart thinking

Last month's serious floods, affecting large areas in the north of England, have put the issue of development on the flood plain back in the news.

Opinion: It's time to view economic development differently

Opinion: It's time to view economic development differently

That means looking at growth and inclusion through the lens of sustainability, rather than continuing to pursue growth at all costs, writes Mark Lynam.


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