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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.

Opinion: Look to the community for inspirational housing projects

Opinion: Look to the community for inspirational housing projects

In a number of cities around the world there are community led housing projects that are inspirational in their financial mechanisms, delivery models and social value, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: Maximising the benefits of culture to city regeneration

Opinion: Maximising the benefits of culture to city regeneration

The Capital of Culture programme brought placemaking gains to Liverpool, but there's a question over how cities raise their game on an international platform in future, asks Hannah Martin.

Advice: Securing affordable workspace as part of major development

Advice: Securing affordable workspace as part of major development

Small business space can create employment and enliven housing developments, but local authorities need to use land and planning powers to ensure it's affordable, finds Ben Kochan.

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