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Opinion: Time to change the growth narrative

Opinion: Time to change the growth narrative

There is a need to focus on good growth that fits with a more sustainable future, writes Bev Hindle.

Opinion: Lessons for levelling up

Opinion: Lessons for levelling up

Experience of regeneration indicates what levelling up needs, but there is a risk that the government will look to deliver by continuing failing policies, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: The best regeneration ideas are worth transferring

Opinion: The best regeneration ideas are worth transferring

Some UK regeneration practice is being replicated in Australia, while one Australian idea is well worth picking up in the UK, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Time to pause and reflect on LEPs

Opinion: Time to pause and reflect on LEPs

There have been suggestions that the government is gearing up to scrap local enterprise partnerships, but they should be evolved and adjusted instead, writes Nigel Wilcock.

Opinion: Will more regulation help or hinder developers in delivering social value?

Opinion: Will more regulation help or hinder developers in delivering social value?

Further regulation on social value may look inevitable, but clear planning policy is needed to demonstrate it, writes Lisa Webb.

Opinion: Getting intelligent about later living

Opinion: Getting intelligent about later living

An intelligent approach with holistic sets of data can help improve the delivery and operation of later living accommodation, and be better for residents, writes Darren Clarke.

Opinion: It's down to business to respond to the climate emergency

Opinion: It's down to business to respond to the climate emergency

In the face of the inability of governments to save the planet at COP26 in Glasgow, the rest of us are going to have to lead, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: The existential crisis facing city public transport

Opinion: The existential crisis facing city public transport

Fear of contagion on mass transit and the shift to home working could mean public transport use and office occupancy never return to past levels, threatening received urban paradigms, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Is government's commitment to First Homes fading?

Opinion: Is government's commitment to First Homes fading?

The momentum behind the government's First Homes initiative to deliver affordable homes for first time buyers appears to be lagging, writes Michelle Quan.

Opinion: What the Budget told us about levelling up

Opinion: What the Budget told us about levelling up

Levelling up is the government's new economic confetti, writes Nigel Wilcock, but we recently got a suggestion of what it could mean for future strategy.

Opinion: Putting a price on carbon

Opinion: Putting a price on carbon

If climate change is going to be arrested, we will almost certainly have to get used to the price of carbon being an everyday part of our lives, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: How data can help us on the route to net zero

Opinion: How data can help us on the route to net zero

The industry is still in the early stages of exploring the impact of the UK's net zero carbon targets and needs information to drive decisionmaking, writes Lee Carroll.


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