Urban Regeneration

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

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Case study: Converting empty shops to homes

Case study: Converting empty shops to homes

In Salford, a leasing approach is helping to transform empty shops and homes into decent and affordable rented housing, writes Josephine Smit.


Advice: Promoting an independent food and drink sector in town and city centres

Advice: Promoting an independent food and drink sector in town and city centres

Clusters of independent food and drink businesses can help create a diverse and sustainable town or city centre, but entrepreneurs need support for long term viability, finds Ben Kochan.

Review: Redevelopment of a cinema site

Review: Redevelopment of a cinema site

West London's Filmworks development should integrate well into Ealing town centre, but it's important the public space at the scheme's heart isn't gated, says Simon Carne.

Analysis: Is there space for small business in the city?

Analysis: Is there space for small business in the city?

Businesses like car repair garages are often pushed out of urban centres and may soon be priced out of their traditional railway arches, finds Josephine Smit.

Coming up: North Lanarkshire scheme gets go-ahead

Coming up: North Lanarkshire scheme gets go-ahead

North Lanarkshire councillors have granted permission for 350 homes and a new roundabout to the east of Shotts, despite officers' recommendation that the scheme should be refused.

Need to know: St Modwen sells Essex site

Need to know: St Modwen sells Essex site

Developer St Modwen has sold a development site in Essex to its own housebuilding arm.

Advice: Promoting a coherent leisure offer in the high street

Advice: Promoting a coherent leisure offer in the high street

With traditional retailing in decline, councils need to be taking a strategic approach to leisure in order to attract people into town centres, writes Ben Kochan.

Review: Re-use of model factory as new neighbourhood

Review: Re-use of model factory as new neighbourhood

With its mix of uses, redevelopment of Cadbury's Keynsham factory site has the ingredients of a successful neighbourhood, but it needs a central space, finds Neil Harvie.

Advice: Tackling large vacant high street stores

Advice: Tackling large vacant high street stores

Close working between local authorities and store owners is needed to promote new uses for large vacant shops, writes Ben Kochan.

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