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Opinion: The consequences of high rise clusters

Opinion: The consequences of high rise clusters

The creation of high rise clusters in well-connected urban centres results in a polycentric development pattern across big cities, with implications for the suburbs, writes Miles Gibson.

Opinion: Wellbeing builds the case for design

Opinion: Wellbeing builds the case for design

Evidence showing how placemaking impacts positively on people's wellbeing helps to build the business case and challenge the good design deniers, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: When high rise becomes heritage

Opinion: When high rise becomes heritage

Within a few decades new towers that are often considered controversial today could have become iconic parts of the identity of our cities, writes Miles Gibson.

Opinion: Why we shouldn't abandon all hope (value)

Opinion: Why we shouldn't abandon all hope (value)

Hope value is the name attributed to value given to land by the prospect of a future planning permission - a permission that might be the difference between £10,000 per hectare agricultural value and £1m per hectare-plus residential price.

Opinion: Cities need diversity for prosperity

Opinion: Cities need diversity for prosperity

"Cities are not great lumps of chaos," said the celebrated urbanist Jane Jacobs. These and other words have resonance for Chris Brown in our present context.

Opinion: Politicians will remain cautious over 'landbanking' action

Opinion: Politicians will remain cautious over 'landbanking' action

It's just possible former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has disturbed the serenity of your summer with his unique brand of populist pot-stirring. In fact, he hasn't confined himself to insulting burkha-wearers.

Opinion: When will they ever learn?

Opinion: When will they ever learn?

Bad transport infrastructure decisions in south Wales are continuing to cost the region dearly, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Industry and homes do mix

Opinion: Industry and homes do mix

As technology and environmental regulations change, industry is returning to the capital in schemes that mix housing and making, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: One step forward for new settlements programme

Opinion: One step forward for new settlements programme

Last month's revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) contained an expanded section on supporting large-scale development that was much more detailed than either the existing framework or the March consultation draft.

Opinion: You can't reduce house prices by building more homes

Opinion: You can't reduce house prices by building more homes

That's because housing demand reflects the ability to finance a mortgage, rather than the need for shelter, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Measuring social impact

Opinion: Measuring social impact

If we could reliably identify and measure the social impact of regeneration, we would almost certainly want to rethink how we go about placemaking, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: Pressure on park homes

Opinion: Pressure on park homes

A long established community of park homes in Berkshire has become the focus for a planning conflict that raises questions about homeowner rights, says Michael Hardware.


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