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Analysis: Fostering town centre recovery

Analysis: Fostering town centre recovery

Town centres face challenges on numerous fronts, but economic development and regeneration professionals are looking to strategies to strengthen their offer.


Opinion: Time to change the growth narrative

Opinion: Time to change the growth narrative

There is a need to focus on good growth that fits with a more sustainable future, writes Bev Hindle.

Advice: Putting healthcare on the high street

Advice: Putting healthcare on the high street

The pandemic has shown that healthcare can be provided in a range of settings and new partnerships could help develop them further in vacant space on the high street, writes Ben Kochan.

Review: Reuse of a historic building for culture

Review: Reuse of a historic building for culture

Greenwich Council has sensitively adapted some of the eighteenth century buildings in Woolwich Arsenal to create the Woolwich Works complex of performance spaces, finds Simon Carne.

Advice: Repurposing department stores for social and leisure uses

Advice: Repurposing department stores for social and leisure uses

Department stores becoming vacant as large multiples close down offer opportunities to bring social and leisure uses into urban centres, finds Ben Kochan.

Opinion: Will more regulation help or hinder developers in delivering social value?

Opinion: Will more regulation help or hinder developers in delivering social value?

Further regulation on social value may look inevitable, but clear planning policy is needed to demonstrate it, writes Lisa Webb.

Opinion: Getting intelligent about later living

Opinion: Getting intelligent about later living

An intelligent approach with holistic sets of data can help improve the delivery and operation of later living accommodation, and be better for residents, writes Darren Clarke.

Opinion: Is government's commitment to First Homes fading?

Opinion: Is government's commitment to First Homes fading?

The momentum behind the government's First Homes initiative to deliver affordable homes for first time buyers appears to be lagging, writes Michelle Quan.

Opinion: What the Budget told us about levelling up

Opinion: What the Budget told us about levelling up

Levelling up is the government's new economic confetti, writes Nigel Wilcock, but we recently got a suggestion of what it could mean for future strategy.

Coming up: Go ahead for Dorset retirement village

Coming up: Go ahead for Dorset retirement village

McCarthy Stone wins approval for development providing extra care apartments, bungalows and two-storey chalets.

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