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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.


Advice: Promoting the 15-minute neighbourhood

Advice: Promoting the 15-minute neighbourhood

Identifying attractive walking and cycling routes needs to be at the centre of strategies to promote the 15-minute neighbourhood, finds Ben Kochan.

Opinion: The most disadvantaged workers may have the biggest jobs transition ahead

Opinion: The most disadvantaged workers may have the biggest jobs transition ahead

Before levelling up even started some areas went backwards, writes Tim Williams, and post-pandemic recovery may not see their employment return.

Case study: Establishing a council housing company for Oxford

Case study: Establishing a council housing company for Oxford

Oxford City Council's housing company has completed the first homes in its ten-year delivery programme, and is applying lessons from its early experience, Josephine Smit finds.

Opinion: Neighbourhood inequality could increase in the post-pandemic world

Opinion: Neighbourhood inequality could increase in the post-pandemic world

While wealthier locations may prove fairly resilient to changes wrought by the pandemic, deprived neighbourhoods will continue to lack public and private investment, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: Now is the time to redefine our regions

Opinion: Now is the time to redefine our regions

The Budget's fast, local money and backing for transport infrastructure will aid recovery in the West Midlands, and the region now needs to build back stronger, writes Simon Marks.

Opinion: How the pandemic's changes could shape the design of future homes

Opinion: How the pandemic's changes could shape the design of future homes

The future looks uncertain but design and planning innovations in homes and the built environment around them could help meet the challenges, writes Tim Williams.

Analysis: Making housing a force for social good

Analysis: Making housing a force for social good

Building more homes is not enough to address the housing crisis, argues a commission established by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. The commission has set out an alternative, Josephine Smit writes.

Advice: Providing for children's play

Advice: Providing for children's play

Children do not require any special play provision, but streets and other places need to be made welcoming and safe from cars, finds Ben Kochan.

Case study: Delivering community value alongside homes

Case study: Delivering community value alongside homes

Social infrastructure has been embedded in east London's Royal Wharf in a strategy to transform a former industrial site into a sustainable neighbourhood, Josephine Smit finds.

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