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Advice: Supporting community led housing

Community land trusts could play an important role in providing affordable housing in urban areas but sites need to be identified and offered to them at below market prices, finds Ben Kochan.


Opinion: Reaping the community benefits of build to rent

Affordable housing has to date had a relatively small part to play in build to rent developments. Andy Jones looks at whether more should be delivered as part of the package of community benefits.

Case study: Integrating industry with community in the city

A London industrial estate has been transformed from hostile, car-focused environment into an inclusive place that is pulling in the punters at evenings and weekends, writes Josephine Smit.

Need to know: Review calls for audit of social housing

Review highlights examples of poor quality housing and housing association bodies respond by pledging to drive implementation of its recommendations, including an audit of social housing stock.

Opinion: When the commonality between classes collapses

There has been a separation of interests and objectives between the working class and the middle classes that used to align with it, and divides are set to worsen, writes Tim Williams.

Analysis: Addressing damp and mould in rented housing

Calls to radically change the way landlords respond to damp and mould in their homes have turned to action in the wake of the death of Awaab Ishak, writes Josephine Smit.

Advice: Integrating schools into mixed use developments

Including a school as part of a mixed use development can bring vitality to a scheme, but it's important that the various uses are carefully integrated, finds Ben Kochan.

Opinion: Make design inclusive right from the start to create better, safer cities

A gender-responsive approach to city planning and design should become business as usual and not a special consideration, writes Sowmya Parthasarathy.

Opinion: Making the most of the opportunity in suburban build to rent

Build-to-rent suburban communities have a part to play in delivering on the levelling up agenda, writes Ian Barnett.

Opinion: We need a national review of green belt policy

The government views green belt reform as separate from levelling-up, but to some extent the green belt has driven the north-south divide, writes Ian Barnett.

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