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Analysis: Scoring the big wins from sport

Analysis: Scoring the big wins from sport

A new or improved stadium can not only be a catalyst for broader regeneration, it can also provide a hub for social change in its community, Josephine Smit finds.


Case study: Tackling community fragmentation and anti-social behaviour

Case study: Tackling community fragmentation and anti-social behaviour

In North Tyneside a public-private partnership is succeeding in changing the lives of disadvantaged young people with work-based training, finds Josephine Smit.

Advice: Addressing the needs of people with dementia in new housing

Advice: Addressing the needs of people with dementia in new housing

Housing design for older people often focuses on physical mobility, but it is important homes are visually accessible to cater for the needs of those with dementia, finds Ben Kochan.

Opinion: Measuring social impact

Opinion: Measuring social impact

If we could reliably identify and measure the social impact of regeneration, we would almost certainly want to rethink how we go about placemaking, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: Pressure on park homes

Opinion: Pressure on park homes

A long established community of park homes in Berkshire has become the focus for a planning conflict that raises questions about homeowner rights, says Michael Hardware.

Advice: Promoting an independent food and drink sector in town and city centres

Advice: Promoting an independent food and drink sector in town and city centres

Clusters of independent food and drink businesses can help create a diverse and sustainable town or city centre, but entrepreneurs need support for long term viability, finds Ben Kochan.

Case study: Self build at scale in the capital

Case study: Self build at scale in the capital

A community group has won planning consent to create London's largest affordable self build housing scheme to date, and it has taken years of hard graft to get this far, finds Josephine Smit.

Need to know: Council's ethical housing company targets sites

Need to know: Council's ethical housing company targets sites

Liverpool City Council has identified the first potential sites for development by its ethical housing company, which has a 10,000 home target.

Opinion: Market forces can have social costs in regeneration

Opinion: Market forces can have social costs in regeneration

Revival of places like south London's Bermondsey Square brings vitality, but market forces can push gentrification too fast and too far, writes Chris Brown.

Analysis: How older people live

Analysis: How older people live

There's a growing debate about the housing needs and choices of older people, and no single solution, writes Josephine Smit.

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