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Opinion: Working in the areas of the country that need us most

Opinion: Working in the areas of the country that need us most

Two recent reports looking at different aspects of deprivation provide pointers for placemakers, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: Transport is the route to urban revival

Opinion: Transport is the route to urban revival

There is an opportunity to shape and integrate time-worn urban centres with transport projects, writes Colin Bennie.

Opinion: What levelling up can learn from east London

Opinion: What levelling up can learn from east London

The experiences that helped shape the regeneration of Barking and Dagenham should guide current efforts to level up, says Tim Williams.

Opinion: The importance of public purpose

Opinion: The importance of public purpose

A professional body's debate about whether public interest obligations are compatible with members' interests is telling, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: The private sector cannot deliver enough homes

Opinion: The private sector cannot deliver enough homes

That means the public sector needs to intervene to directly develop homes too, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: How a low rise alternative to residential towers saved Norwich from a "monstrous carbuncle"

Opinion: How a low rise alternative to residential towers saved Norwich from a "monstrous carbuncle"

Why a developer dropped its legal challenge to the refusal of its Norwich high rise scheme is unclear, as is the secretary of state's reasoning in the case. But the presentation of an alternative low rise masterplan seemed to play a big part, writes Joey Gardiner.

Opinion: Market forces don't price in the cost of unhealthy urban development

Opinion: Market forces don't price in the cost of unhealthy urban development

But new economic principles are demonstrating a different and more sustainable approach, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: Levelling up needs the right resources and the right priorities

Opinion: Levelling up needs the right resources and the right priorities

There are lessons from past government programmes dedicated to improving homes and lives, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Look to European models of multi-generational living

Opinion: Look to European models of multi-generational living

A fresh approach to alternative residential assets could better serve younger and older customers and maintain the longevity of investments, writes Darren Clarke.

Opinion: Design for healthy and climate-friendly mobility

Opinion: Design for healthy and climate-friendly mobility

COVID response measures have highlighted the difficulties in moving to healthier and more sustainable forms of travel and placemakers need to be assertive to enable change, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: The most disadvantaged workers may have the biggest jobs transition ahead

Opinion: The most disadvantaged workers may have the biggest jobs transition ahead

Before levelling up even started some areas went backwards, writes Tim Williams, and post-pandemic recovery may not see their employment return.

Opinion: Why developers are worried about the new London Plan policy on tall buildings

Opinion: Why developers are worried about the new London Plan policy on tall buildings

The withdrawal of a major proposal, just prior to its consideration in a planning inquiry, has prompted some speculation, writes Joey Gardiner.


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