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Coming up: Watford council to open town hall to community

Architect Feilden Clegg Bradley's plans for listed building include new home for local museum, cafe and SME workspace.


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.

Advice: Creating water-efficient housing development

With increasing water shortages, planners need to negotiate for developers of new housing to install water-efficient appliances and rainwater harvesting systems, finds Ben Kochan.

Advice: Promoting use of electric vehicles

With a growing number of electric vehicles being sold, councils need to expand charging infrastructure using their own sites and on streets, finds Ben Kochan.

Review: Improving green space in the city

Brighton & Hove City Council's Valley Gardens project has reduced vehicle dominance and created an attractive ribbon of green space, which is pedestrian and cycle friendly, finds Michael Doyle.

Opinion: The practicalities of future-proofing neighbourhoods for net zero

Almost every new housing estate being built now is obsolescent, writes Chris Brown, and we don't yet have an integrated approach to renewable electricity.

Need to know: Transport woes raise questions about London housing plans

The London mayor has warned a transport funding deal is needed to safeguard housebuilding plans for the capital, while in Dagenham a CPO has been withdrawn because of concerns about station delivery.

Opinion: The existential crisis facing city public transport

Fear of contagion on mass transit and the shift to home working could mean public transport use and office occupancy never return to past levels, threatening received urban paradigms, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Transport is the route to urban revival

There is an opportunity to shape and integrate time-worn urban centres with transport projects, writes Colin Bennie.

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