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Opinion: Politicians are getting the sustainability message

Opinion: Politicians are getting the sustainability message

Local political leadership is driving a string of new sustainable neighbourhoods and the UK government will be making its own mark, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: The importance of defining levelling up

Opinion: The importance of defining levelling up

Levelling up is a good thing and the Treasury now needs to define it, as a new report highlights, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Can developer groups help enable delivery?

Opinion: Can developer groups help enable delivery?

County-wide collaborations between players from housing and the public sector are the way ahead, argues Michael Hardware.

Opinion: Giving the people what they want

Opinion: Giving the people what they want

Should the industry continue to provide standard housetypes or allow occupiers to decide on design? There is a middle way, writes Chris Brown.

Why ditching the dreaded section 106 negotiations could lead to something even worse for developers, by Joey Gardiner

Why ditching the dreaded section 106 negotiations could lead to something even worse for developers, by Joey Gardiner

The government’s planning white paper proposals to rip up the current system by which developers contribute to the cost of the infrastructure required to support their schemes, and replace it with a nationally set Infrastructure Levy have been greeted with dismay by councils and housing associations.

Opinion: Now is the time to come to the aid of the city

Opinion: Now is the time to come to the aid of the city

Tim Williams has seen little effective action so far in the UK or Australia to save the city centre business district.

Opinion: An opportunity for historic towns and villages

Opinion: An opportunity for historic towns and villages

A shift to homeworking could transform the economies of towns and villages and ultimately help drive regeneration, but policies need a local focus, writes Victoria Perry.

Opinion: When policy meets the reality of spec housebuilding

Opinion: When policy meets the reality of spec housebuilding

The government's proposals for planning reform are probably not radical enough to make great places, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: The fight for our city centres

Opinion: The fight for our city centres

The pandemic has put city centres and central business districts at risk and we need vision, guts and strategy to revive them, says Tim Williams.

Opinion: Setting a better standard for living for the recovery

Opinion: Setting a better standard for living for the recovery

Economic recovery offers the potential to focus on quality homes, health and wellbeing and compact neighbourhoods and the tools are at hand to deliver, write Hilary Satchwell and Katja Stille.

Opinion: Grasp the opportunity to create quality city streets

Opinion: Grasp the opportunity to create quality city streets

With the COVID shock having an impact on work and travel patterns, cities may have to respond quickly, says Chris Brown.

Opinion: How COVID-19 could influence housing and cities

Opinion: How COVID-19 could influence housing and cities

Tim Williams considers how ways of living could change, and gives a personal perspective on the loss of a UK housebuilding titan.


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