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COVID response measures have highlighted the difficulties in moving to healthier and more sustainable forms of travel and placemakers need to be assertive to enable change, writes Chris Brown.
Before levelling up even started some areas went backwards, writes Tim Williams, and post-pandemic recovery may not see their employment return.
The withdrawal of a major proposal, just prior to its consideration in a planning inquiry, has prompted some speculation, writes Joey Gardiner.
While wealthier locations may prove fairly resilient to changes wrought by the pandemic, deprived neighbourhoods will continue to lack public and private investment, writes Chris Brown.
The Budget's fast, local money and backing for transport infrastructure will aid recovery in the West Midlands, and the region now needs to build back stronger, writes Simon Marks.
The future looks uncertain but design and planning innovations in homes and the built environment around them could help meet the challenges, writes Tim Williams.
Opinion: The commercial properties first in line for residential conversion under the government's proposed permitted development boom
Don't expect department stores to be turned into flats overnight if government sticks to its plans to further deregulate commercial-to-residential conversion. But there will be a flood of prior approval applications to convert some other commercial uses, writes Joey Gardiner.
Reaching net zero in the residential sector requires significant change in approach, but the build to rent sector is well placed to benefit, writes Will Waller.
New guidance is exploring the connections between quality of life and the built environment, and its timing could be auspicious, writes Chris Brown.
A kind of COVID and market-driven levelling up is going on in cities and the future is uncertain, writes Tim Williams.
In the government's quest to improve the design quality and sustainability of new homes, its own delivery agency could be a catalyst, writes Chris Brown.
We need innovative and varied solutions that middle-income earners can afford if we are going to address the housing crisis, writes Xander Vermeulen Windsant.
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