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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.

Report calls for inclusion of 'station intensification areas' in new London Plan

Report calls for inclusion of 'station intensification areas' in new London Plan

The next version of the London Plan should include new 'station intensification areas' with higher minimum density and design standards than typically required, a report by a think-tank has recommended.

Stonehenge tunnel DCO 'to be submitted next year'

Stonehenge tunnel DCO 'to be submitted next year'

Government agency Highways England has said that it intends to submit a development consent order (DCO) application late next year for a tunnel beneath Stonehenge, after the government confirmed its preferred route for the project today.

'Plot Shop' opens to sell land at 1,900-home Oxfordshire self-build scheme

'Plot Shop' opens to sell land at 1,900-home Oxfordshire self-build scheme

What the government claims is the UK's first ever high street shop selling plots of land for those wishing to build their own home opened in an Oxfordshire village yesterday.

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.

Sharma: current space standards 'not sacrosanct'

Sharma: current space standards 'not sacrosanct'

A long-delayed government review in national space standards will not produce a 'race to the bottom', but current space standards are also 'not sacrosanct', planning and housing minister Alok Sharma has said.

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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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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.

Policy Summary: Professions issue advice on reducing home noise nuisance

Policy Summary: Professions issue advice on reducing home noise nuisance

Policy: Professional Practice Guidance on Planning and Noise.

The key planning issues raised by the recent terror attacks

The key planning issues raised by the recent terror attacks

A central London council says it has had to be "pragmatic" in allowing the installation of measures designed to prevent terrorist attacks as a matter of urgency, sometimes without planning permission, following recent attacks in the capital.

Policy Briefing: How rights to light and daylight guidance affect development

Policy Briefing: How rights to light and daylight guidance affect development

These two lighting principles are often confused, but both prompt concerns among developers, says Tim Fogarty.