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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.

Opinion: Give economic development professionals the tools to do the job

Opinion: Give economic development professionals the tools to do the job

A survey of economic development practitioners in local government has found they are not being adequately supported to deliver. Suzanne Malcolm outlines the concerns.

Why developers are wary of Corbyn's estates policy

Why developers are wary of Corbyn's estates policy

Last week's pledge by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to end "forced gentrification and social cleansing" on large estate regeneration projects was hailed in some quarters as a transformative political move. But, many of the policies Corbyn put forward could have been taken from the government's own Estate Regeneration National Strategy (ERNS), published last year. Nevertheless, his promise to turn what is currently best practice guidance into legal minimum requirements raises issues.

Opinion: Local authorities need resilience to deliver growth

Opinion: Local authorities need resilience to deliver growth

Councils are facing a string of challenges in providing placemaking services but step changes in delivery can occur in challenging times, writes Steve Ottewell.

Opinion: There's more to a smart city than technology

Opinion: There's more to a smart city than technology

It also needs smart government that can identify the needs of the city and use data to manage it, writes Tim Williams.


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