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Conference to probe green infrastructure challenges

Conference to probe green infrastructure challenges

A conference in London later this month will look at how planners, developers and architects can tackle challenges related to the provision of green infrastructure.

Arthurian castle footbridge approved by Cornwall Council

Arthurian castle footbridge approved by Cornwall Council

Plans by English Heritage for an overseas footbridge to an Arthurian castle have been given the go-ahead by Cornwall Council, despite an objection by fellow government watchdog Natural England.

Plans submitted for Vauxhall bus station demolition and redevelopment

Plans submitted for Vauxhall bus station demolition and redevelopment

Plans have been submitted for the demolition and redevelopment of Vauxhall bus station in south London, just 13 years after the existing building was completed.

Council urban design skills 'woefully low and declining'

Council urban design skills 'woefully low and declining'

The urban design skills and capacity within local planning authorities are 'woefully low and declining' and the gap is not being filled by local design review panels, a report based on a survey of English councils has revealed.

Design concepts published for Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor ideas competition

Design concepts published for Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor ideas competition

The government's infrastructure advisor has published the final design concepts put together by four teams who were shortlisted in a competition to develop ideas for the future development of the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor.

London mayor seeks alternatives to tall buildings in drive to densify housing

London mayor seeks alternatives to tall buildings in drive to densify housing

The mayor's draft London plan will look beyond tall buildings as a means of increasing the density of housing development in the capital, London deputy mayor for housing James Murray said yesterday.

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Government has been tinkering with custom build guidance, by Chris Brown

The government has been doing some tinkering with the planning practice guidance (PPG) for custom build housing over the summer.

Holding onto sense of place in east London, by Ibrahim Michael Maiga

The many luxury flats being developed in prominent locations in Hackney, east London, give a strong sense that demographic change is accelerating.

Institute can highlight non-financial real estate value, by Chris Brown

Last week saw the launch of the Bartlett Real Estate Institute (BREI), which will be moving into business innovation hub Here East in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London in October.

This tragedy should inspire positive change, by Chris Brown

It's hard, given the events in West London, to write about anything else, but it is also hard, in the absence of any concrete information on the causes, to comment on this tragedy. It may turn out that someone did something wrong negligently (or in other ways), but it also seems possible that this is the unimaginably tragic result of system failure.

Planning for custom build and community-led housing, by Chris Brown

The irrational fear of the unknown is a powerful barrier to positive change not least in planning for housing delivery.

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Individuals can still make a difference, for good or ill, by Chris Brown

Sometimes events happen in serendipitous sequence.

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Why Sir Terry Farrell wants a change to daylight advice

Why Sir Terry Farrell wants a change to daylight advice

The Royal Town Planning Institute gold medal winner says inflexible application of the guidance is forcing housing providers that want to densify development into constructing ever taller buildings.

How housing schemes are achieving high densities without tall buildings

How housing schemes are achieving high densities without tall buildings

Both the government and mayor of London are keen to see high density housing development types that extend beyond the tower block. Mark Wilding examines two schemes where this has been achieved.

Are planning obstacles holding back the roll-out of modular housing?

Are planning obstacles holding back the roll-out of modular housing?

The government wants to stimulate the growth of offsite manufactured housing to speed up housebuilding, but commentators say that work is needed to ensure that the planning system is geared up to enable the benefits of the new technology to be realised.

How official guidance will affect prospects for self-build sector

How official guidance will affect prospects for self-build sector

Experts have welcomed fresh planning guidance on self-build and custom housebuilding but raised questions about how effective it will be in boosting the sector.