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Opinion: Pressure on park homes

Opinion: Pressure on park homes

A long established community of park homes in Berkshire has become the focus for a planning conflict that raises questions about homeowner rights, says Michael Hardware.

Opinion: Housing market needs new players and new models

Opinion: Housing market needs new players and new models

The spectre of weakening housebuilding output has been raised by the government's latest quarterly housebuilding figures, which show year-on-year falls in both housing starts and completions.

Opinion: The needs of suburban motorists drive city road policy

Opinion: The needs of suburban motorists drive city road policy

Walkability has been designed out of Australian cities, and designing it back in needs to start with traffic lights, argues Tim Williams.

Opinion: A little less talk, a little more evidence

Opinion: A little less talk, a little more evidence

Discussion of the benefits of great placemaking can too easily be dismissed as subjective. More hard evidence is needed, says Chris Brown.

Opinion: We have to disrupt the housing market

Opinion: We have to disrupt the housing market

Speculation has helped to make city housing unaffordable, but Singapore has a very different model and remains a city for all, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Market forces can have social costs in regeneration

Opinion: Market forces can have social costs in regeneration

Revival of places like south London's Bermondsey Square brings vitality, but market forces can push gentrification too fast and too far, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: NPPF Garden City omission is hard to justify

Opinion: NPPF Garden City omission is hard to justify

Last month more than 60 local authorities, masterplanners and developers signed an open letter to the government decrying its decision to drop the reference in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to 'Garden City' principles.

Opinion: The root of the city housing crisis lies in banking

Opinion: The root of the city housing crisis lies in banking

While many have been asking how we secure cities for all, in some cities whole streets are now for no one, writes Tim Williams, and ultimately banking is to blame.

Opinion: Look to the community for inspirational housing projects

Opinion: Look to the community for inspirational housing projects

In a number of cities around the world there are community led housing projects that are inspirational in their financial mechanisms, delivery models and social value, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: Maximising the benefits of culture to city regeneration

Opinion: Maximising the benefits of culture to city regeneration

The Capital of Culture programme brought placemaking gains to Liverpool, but there's a question over how cities raise their game on an international platform in future, asks Hannah Martin.

Opinion: Housebuilding deals fall short of original intent

Opinion: Housebuilding deals fall short of original intent

In March, the government trumpeted a series of deals with groups of local authorities designed to increase housebuilding in places as diverse as the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and Oxfordshire.

Opinion: Big city council leaders needed to build great cities

Opinion: Big city council leaders needed to build great cities

Events in east London's Newham and in Western Sydney highlight the importance of quality councils with capacity and focus, writes Tim Williams.


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