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Opinion: End of Help to Buy raises housing delivery questions

Opinion: End of Help to Buy raises housing delivery questions

By any assessment the government's doomed Help to Buy policy has had an extraordinary effect on the housing market.

Opinion: South Wales needs a long term plan for transport infrastructure

Opinion: South Wales needs a long term plan for transport infrastructure

The Welsh government's decision to drop plans for a relief road around Newport is sound, but South Wales still needs transport infrastructure and ways to fund it, says Tim Williams.

Opinion: Getting political about land

Opinion: Getting political about land

A new report commissioned for the Labour Party has made a clear case for placemaking, but leaves Chris Brown wondering about its political impact.

Opinion: Make measurement meaningful for places

Opinion: Make measurement meaningful for places

There are many ways of evaluating placemaking, but Chris Brown asks whether we can measure outcomes in a way that reliably differentiates successful locations from unloved ones.

Opinion: Developers should have a mission to design for health

Opinion: Developers should have a mission to design for health

Discussion around physical and mental health focuses on concerns like foods, drinks and social media, but we should also be looking to urban design, writes Ken Dytor.

Opinion: TfL's deal demonstrates how to do better with public land

Opinion: TfL's deal demonstrates how to do better with public land

Transport for London's partnership with private landlord Grainger is a model that could be followed outside the capital, writes Dean Clifford.

Opinion: Passing on the learning from east London

Opinion: Passing on the learning from east London

Western Sydney's councils, government departments and private sector are heading to east London to learn from the places, processes and people that have reshaped it, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: More power to the people

Opinion: More power to the people

The power imbalance between public sector landowners and communities works against achieving the best possible placemaking outcomes, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: Stop talking down the high street

Opinion: Stop talking down the high street

We need to recognise the specific challenges of individual high streets, and not assume that the national narrative is true for every place, writes Holly Lewis.

Opinion: Finding inspiration for transformation

Opinion: Finding inspiration for transformation

For change agents and those involved in social transformation, lessons are to be found in history and guidance from China, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Taking property investment from greed to good

Opinion: Taking property investment from greed to good

Impact investment - investing for a social or environmental purpose - has seen rapid growth and might start to have a positive influence on placemaking, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: Universities have a vital role to play in local economies

Opinion: Universities have a vital role to play in local economies

Institutions must engage with businesses and their communities, as Teesside University is doing to help Tees Valley recover from the closure of the SSI steelworks, writes professor Jane Turner.


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