Communities

Housing, community renewal, arts, culture & heritage, urban green spaces, regeneration, conservation and community engagement in the built environment.

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Mark Edgerley Boyer

Opinion: Is planning becoming more top-down or bottom up?

Mark Edgerley looks at plans to strengthen aspects of strategic planning, from neighbourhood planning to mayoral authorities.


Roger File

Opinion: Successful communities are about more than bricks and mortar

New neighbourhoods can thrive on the wide-ranging benefits that effective stewardship can bring, writes Roger File.

Pete Ladhams Assael

Opinion: Get creative with ground floor activation to help new urban neighbourhoods thrive

The build to rent sector's focus on community and the long term is driving creative approaches to activating ground floor spaces in urban residential development, writes Pete Ladhams.

Macclesfield mural

Advice: Using murals to aid regeneration

Murals can help create new spaces and regenerate neglected areas, but they are generally temporary and need to be maintained and kept under review, Ben Kochan finds.

Tim Williams

Opinion: Where's the money for levelling up?

The levelling up and regeneration bill introduced to parliament is lacking in the resources, will and planning needed to deliver change, writes Tim Williams.

Chris Brown

Opinion: The three megatrends that could redefine placemaking

Policy shifts and social and climate realities may have implications for businesses that have prospered in the environment of the last few years, writes Chris Brown.

Chris Brown

Opinion: Where does the balance of power lie between housebuilders and government?

From the post-Grenfell cladding crisis to planning policy, tensions have appeared in the relationship between housebuilders and government, writes Chris Brown.

Light Up Leicester Beth Walsh

Advice: Maximising the benefits of the night time economy on the high street

With lockdown lifted, councils and business improvement districts need to attract people back to urban centres with a diverse offer and events to boost night time economies, finds Ben Kochan.

Sarah Cox Carter Jonas

Opinion: Making new housing more attractive to local people

Local resistance to development is a common challenge but the Levelling up white paper's regional focus could help, writes Sarah Cox.

Centre for Ageing Better

Analysis: Are our housing policies working for all?

Local plans and housing policies are failing to provide homes for older people and the most vulnerable, writes Michael Hardware.

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