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Placemaking Weekly Bulletin
Placemaking Weekly Bulletin 04th March 2021
 
Weekly email highlights from Placemaking Resource, the information hub for people involved in creating great places. Including advice, case studies, research summaries, comment and news.
 
Need to Know
Need to know: NatWest targets affordable housing Need to know: NatWest targets affordable housing
Banking giant issues billion Euro bond to back development of affordable homes by housing associations.
 
Coming up 
Coming up: Green light for Cambridge community Coming up: Green light for Cambridge community
Housebuilder Countryside secures consent for 3,500 home village on former airfield site west of Cambridge.
 
Opinion
Opinion: Can developers build quality of life? Opinion: Can developers build quality of life?
New guidance is exploring the connections between quality of life and the built environment, and its timing could be auspicious, writes Chris Brown.
Opinion: The commercial properties first in line for residential conversion under the government's proposed permitted development boom Opinion: The commercial properties first in line for residential conversion under the government's proposed permitted development boom
Don't expect department stores to be turned into flats overnight if government sticks to its plans to further deregulate commercial-to-residential conversion. But there will be a flood of prior approval applications to convert some other commercial uses, writes Joey Gardiner.
Opinion: Build to rent has a net zero opportunity Opinion: Build to rent has a net zero opportunity
Reaching net zero in the residential sector requires significant change in approach, but the build to rent sector is well placed to benefit, writes Will Waller.
 
Advice
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.
 
Analysis
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.
 
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