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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.

Opinion: Balancing homes and jobs to level up

Opinion: Balancing homes and jobs to level up

In some parts of Britain there are too many homes and not enough jobs, and in others too many jobs and not enough homes, writes Tim Williams.

Case study: Enabling skills training alongside regeneration

Case study: Enabling skills training alongside regeneration

A skills academy has been established to help maximise the employment potential of Thamesmead's 30-year regeneration programme.

Opinion: Working in the areas of the country that need us most

Opinion: Working in the areas of the country that need us most

Two recent reports looking at different aspects of deprivation provide pointers for placemakers, writes Chris Brown.

Need to know: MHCLG to work with councils in place-based approach

Need to know: MHCLG to work with councils in place-based approach

Communities secretary Robert Jenrick outlines proposals for new way of working to drive regeneration and levelling up, which will be set out in white paper later this year.

Opinion: The importance of public purpose

Opinion: The importance of public purpose

A professional body's debate about whether public interest obligations are compatible with members' interests is telling, writes Chris Brown.

Case study: Engaging with the community to design a neighbourhood

Case study: Engaging with the community to design a neighbourhood

The latest phases of a housing development in Nottingham are being shaped through an engagement approach that develops input, understanding and support, writes Josephine Smit.

Opinion: Levelling up needs the right resources and the right priorities

Opinion: Levelling up needs the right resources and the right priorities

There are lessons from past government programmes dedicated to improving homes and lives, writes Tim Williams.

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