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Need to know: Leisure plan unveiled for Blackpool Central

Need to know: Leisure plan unveiled for Blackpool Central

Proposal combining leisure attractions with food market, restaurants, hotels and homes raises hopes for regeneration of former station site.


Advice: Animating city centre spaces

Advice: Animating city centre spaces

Open air music, dance and theatre performances bring benefits to city centres, but public spaces need to be planned and landscaped to maximise their impact, finds Ben Kochan.

Case study: Redesigning the workspace for creatives

Case study: Redesigning the workspace for creatives

Refurbishment of a canalside building is the first phase in the development of a west London hub for SMEs, finds Josephine Smit.

Need to know: Four shortlisted for Meridian Water homes

Need to know: Four shortlisted for Meridian Water homes

Developers and housing associations are on shortlist to be Enfield Council's partner for first housing on major site.

Advice: Promoting the digital high street

Advice: Promoting the digital high street

Digital technology can improve the high street shopping experience, but it's important also to work with independent retailers to maximise online promotion, finds Ben Kochan.

Opinion: Permitted development rights won't save the high street

Opinion: Permitted development rights won't save the high street

The government's consultation on allowing shops, restaurants and other high street uses to change to offices without planning permission raises concerns, says Joey Gardiner.

Advice: Promoting meanwhile uses as part of regeneration

Advice: Promoting meanwhile uses as part of regeneration

Meanwhile uses can bring long term benefits as well as short term activity to sites awaiting redevelopment, but developers need to be persuaded to allow them, writes Ben Kochan.

Review: New council housing on a refuse lorry depot

Review: New council housing on a refuse lorry depot

The Watts Grove scheme provides robust council homes in a new London vernacular design that has become all too familiar for new affordable housing, says Jeremy Estop.

Opinion: We need new thinking for left behind areas

Opinion: We need new thinking for left behind areas

Past regeneration initiatives have done little to improve post-industrial areas and living conditions for their once vibrant communities. Public policy badly needs to develop some new thinking, writes Tim Williams.

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