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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.

Opinion: Neighbourhood inequality could increase in the post-pandemic world

Opinion: Neighbourhood inequality could increase in the post-pandemic world

While wealthier locations may prove fairly resilient to changes wrought by the pandemic, deprived neighbourhoods will continue to lack public and private investment, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: Now is the time to redefine our regions

Opinion: Now is the time to redefine our regions

The Budget's fast, local money and backing for transport infrastructure will aid recovery in the West Midlands, and the region now needs to build back stronger, writes Simon Marks.

Opinion: How the pandemic's changes could shape the design of future homes

Opinion: How the pandemic's changes could shape the design of future homes

The future looks uncertain but design and planning innovations in homes and the built environment around them could help meet the challenges, writes Tim Williams.


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