Urban Regeneration

Urban regeneration for town planners and other placemaking professionals, including decontamination and physical regeneration.

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Review: A redeveloped shopping centre

Review: A redeveloped shopping centre

Oxford's new Westgate centre has extended the retail offer in the city centre, but links with surrounding areas and public space are lacking, finds Roger Evans.


Opinion: Will homes in industrial estates ever work?

Opinion: Will homes in industrial estates ever work?

The draft London Plan's stress on density, a function of the mayor's contradictory desires to double housing output while ruling out incursions into the green belt, has been much discussed. But a lower profile has been given to another attempt to square this circle - namely, the drive to see residential development within industrial areas.

Opinion: Social housing versus placemaking

Opinion: Social housing versus placemaking

Potential tensions between need for social homes, grant availability and placemaking aspirations will be hard to resolve in densifying London's estates, writes Chris Brown.

Advice: Making hotels the centre of town centre regeneration

Advice: Making hotels the centre of town centre regeneration

Hotels can be an anchor for city regeneration schemes, but they need to be integrated so that they contribute to an area's vitality, finds Ben Kochan.

Review: A city centre theatre and office project

Review: A city centre theatre and office project

Live Theatre's LiveWorks on Newcastle's Quayside provides performance and education space and a pocket park, all funded by its accompanying office development, writes Roger Maier.

Advice: Regenerating coastal towns

Advice: Regenerating coastal towns

Councils in coastal towns need to make the most of location and engage with their communities to promote regeneration, finds Ben Kochan.

Why developers are wary of Corbyn's estates policy

Why developers are wary of Corbyn's estates policy

Last week's pledge by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to end "forced gentrification and social cleansing" on large estate regeneration projects was hailed in some quarters as a transformative political move. But, many of the policies Corbyn put forward could have been taken from the government's own Estate Regeneration National Strategy (ERNS), published last year. Nevertheless, his promise to turn what is currently best practice guidance into legal minimum requirements raises issues.

Opinion: Local authorities need resilience to deliver growth

Opinion: Local authorities need resilience to deliver growth

Councils are facing a string of challenges in providing placemaking services but step changes in delivery can occur in challenging times, writes Steve Ottewell.

Advice: Managing the impact of tourism

Advice: Managing the impact of tourism

Councils need a strategy to spread tourism across their sub-regions to ensure major historic centres are not overburdened by visitors, writes Ben Kochan.

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