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Opinion: The opportunities of new garden communities

Opinion: The opportunities of new garden communities

Councillors are already looking at the potential of the garden towns and communities planned for Essex, writes Michael Hardware.

Opinion: Encourage the public sector back into housebuilding

Opinion: Encourage the public sector back into housebuilding

Allowing councils to develop public housing does not mean a return to the past. We can learn the lessons and look to other models, says Tim Williams.

Opinion: Will homes in industrial estates ever work?

Opinion: Will homes in industrial estates ever work?

The draft London Plan's stress on density, a function of the mayor's contradictory desires to double housing output while ruling out incursions into the green belt, has been much discussed. But a lower profile has been given to another attempt to square this circle - namely, the drive to see residential development within industrial areas.

Opinion: Social housing versus placemaking

Opinion: Social housing versus placemaking

Potential tensions between need for social homes, grant availability and placemaking aspirations will be hard to resolve in densifying London's estates, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: Planning isn't pushing up house prices

Opinion: Planning isn't pushing up house prices

Two unconnected events, the Budget and the Future City Catapult's excellent #plantech work have brought the impotence of the planning system to impact housing supply into sharp relief for me.

Opinion: Potential and pitfalls of local plan intervention

Opinion: Potential and pitfalls of local plan intervention

Residential developers and housebuilders will be more focused on the additional cash for the sector in last month's Budget than Sajid Javid's announcement that he is finally looking to get tough with planning authorities that don't have a plan in place.

Opinion: Harlow seventy years on

Opinion: Harlow seventy years on

As the new town celebrates its seventieth anniversary it stands poised for the next stage in its evolution, writes Michael Hardware.

Opinion: Making the right choices for city infrastructure

Opinion: Making the right choices for city infrastructure

Sydney's WestConnex highway holds lessons for reform in the way urban infrastructure is prioritised and communities are engaged, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: The emotions of place, by Chris Brown

Opinion: The emotions of place, by Chris Brown

It's always good when someone reputable produces some research that reinforces one's views, even if we recognise the dangers of being selective with the evidence we allow to influence us.

Opinion: Builders want headroom to deliver cheaper homes

Opinion: Builders want headroom to deliver cheaper homes

Last week's announcement by London's deputy mayor for planning Jules Pipe, that the capital is to set a 66,000 per annum housing target when it revises the London Plan will have provoked some rueful grins from developers.

Opinion: Get smart about urban density

Opinion: Get smart about urban density

Our cities need to accommodate an increasing population but some urban dwellers are highly resistant to development. Tim Williams looks beneath the surface of the debate.

Opinion: Housebuilders need spur to pursue design quality

Opinion: Housebuilders need spur to pursue design quality

I was told an interesting story last week. Apparently, before the election, the Prime Minister decided that something had to be done about the poor quality design of the homes and places produced by speculative housebuilders.


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