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As if the possible impact on jobs, the economy and housebuilding rates weren't enough, the growing prospect of a "no-deal" Brexit also raises fears of planners being mired in legal confusion over former EU rules.
Urban regeneration has become an adjunct of the property sector and needs to rediscover its values, writes Tim Williams.
A new wave of placemaking could be on the way, where local authorities and communities co-produce new and regenerated places, writes Chris Brown.
Politically speaking, high-density housing is definitely in vogue. The tragedy at Grenfell seems to have done little to dampen the enthusiasm, with both national and local politicians looking for a solution that appears to offer a route to providing the homes needed without encroaching on valued green fields (or green belt).
East London's regeneration strategy put a focus on delivering community benefit alongside regeneration and investment. This has resonance in Sydney, writes Tim Williams.
The government's choice of chair for its Building Better, Building Beautiful commission provoked controversy, which distracts from the debate, writes Chris Brown.
The government's consultation on allowing shops, restaurants and other high street uses to change to offices without planning permission raises concerns, says Joey Gardiner.
The private sector housebuilder business model cannot deliver the homes we need, so government should be looking to incentivise new approaches, writes Tim Williams.
The design of the UK's new homes is a product of our delivery system, but the customer needs convincing that there could be a better way, argues Chris Brown.
Housing minister Kit Malthouse spent much of the recent Conservative Party conference telling those who would listen about his passion for housing design and his fears that there is "not much" quality design in current development.
Past regeneration initiatives have done little to improve post-industrial areas and living conditions for their once vibrant communities. Public policy badly needs to develop some new thinking, writes Tim Williams.
City suburbs have suffered as city centres have re-energised, but suburban district centres have the potential for renaissance, argues Jennet Siebrits.
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