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Advice: Repurposing department stores for social and leisure uses

Advice: Repurposing department stores for social and leisure uses

Department stores becoming vacant as large multiples close down offer opportunities to bring social and leisure uses into urban centres, finds Ben Kochan.


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: 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.

Coming up: Go ahead for Dorset retirement village

Coming up: Go ahead for Dorset retirement village

McCarthy Stone wins approval for development providing extra care apartments, bungalows and two-storey chalets.

Advice: Promoting custom and self-build schemes

Advice: Promoting custom and self-build schemes

Councils need to use their planning powers and landholdings to meet demand for custom and self-build homes and diversify the housing offer in their local areas, finds Ben Kochan.

Opinion: Look to leisure to help drive levelling up

Opinion: Look to leisure to help drive levelling up

£3 billion worth of investment is being poured into the leisure sector and it is contributing to town centre regeneration and the levelling up agenda, writes Stephen Collis.

Advice: Managing the impact of urban air pollution

Advice: Managing the impact of urban air pollution

Layout and design of streets and developments can help manage the air quality for residents in new and existing housing, finds Ben Kochan.

Analysis: Can government help grow England's self build sector?

Analysis: Can government help grow England's self build sector?

A government backed review is the latest in a series of interventions to help grow custom and self build housing. Josephine Smit looks at the sector's progress.

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