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Smart cities body announces winners of 'digitally enabled planning system' competition

Smart cities body announces winners of 'digitally enabled planning system' competition

A government-backed centre of excellence in urban innovation has awarded a share of £200,000 to nine small businesses to progress their ideas to create a more 'data-driven and digitally enabled planning system'.

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Olympic Park towers proposal to be reduced in height following protected views row

Olympic Park towers proposal to be reduced in height following protected views row

Plans for tall buildings at a key development in London's Olympic Park have been redesigned to reduce the height of the buildings following a row over the impact of skyscrapers on views from south-west London, it has emerged.

Wind modelling project scoops top London planning award

Wind modelling project scoops top London planning award

A project to model wind impacts in the City of London's Eastern Cluster of tall buildings has lifted the top award at this year's London Planning Awards.

The implications of the government's density drive

The implications of the government's density drive

The Housing White Paper's move to densify development reverses a direction set by the coalition government. Experts welcome the flexibility of the approach. But some highlight potential threats to design quality, while others question the extent of its impact.

Glasgow university expansion masterplan given go ahead

Glasgow university expansion masterplan given go ahead

A masterplan to expand Glasgow University, which would involve demolishing the city's old Western Infirmary, has been given the green light.

Expert task force to assist with self-build planning strategies

Expert task force to assist with self-build planning strategies

A new task force will provide expert help to councils with creating planning strategies to deliver custom and self-build housing.

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Design should be the focus for housing delivery, by Chris Brown

Design quality seems to becoming back into policy vogue in government, and the Housing White Paper observes that "73 per cent of people say they would support the building of more homes if well designed and in keeping with their local area".

Blame for bad design can't be pinned on planners, by Chris Brown

There will be a couple of developers - namely Genr8 and Berkeley - breathing small sighs of relief at the moment, having narrowly dodged the bullet of winning the Carbuncle Cup.

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Investing in design is in developers' best interests

Last week at the Housing Design Awards, the speculative housebuilders that build the majority of our new homes and places managed to scoop only a small proportion of the prizes for creating the best designed schemes. Development firm Countryside was the honourable exception.

We need to know more about how our schemes affect wind and shadow, by Chris Brown

This week, I have been looking at a couple of projects that highlight the importance of microclimate.

Neglecting microclimate issues in our cities can have catastrophic impacts, by Chris Brown

Recent developments in the field of urban climate have failed to make an impression on planning, placemaking and development practice in the UK, argues Chris Brown.

How to stop shoddy design before it hits the street, by Peter Bill

During 20 years in the construction trade. I rarely heard the word 'architect' said without a preceding expletive.

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How we did it: Producing policy to boost self-build homes

How we did it: Producing policy to boost self-build homes

A Devon council has established a blueprint requiring developers to provide self-build housing. David Dewar reports.

Why Liverpool faces a threat to its World Heritage Site's status

Why Liverpool faces a threat to its World Heritage Site's status

Unesco's request for a moratorium on planning decisions in Liverpool's World Heritage Site and the zone around it is unworkable, commentators say.

How Pipe appointment will influence mayor on plans and design

How Pipe appointment will influence mayor on plans and design

Jules Pipe's appointment as deputy mayor for planning in London is likely to mean a renewed focus on delivering affordable housing and quality design, experts have said.

Why the government is set to review the impact of space standards so far

Why the government is set to review the impact of space standards so far

Just over a year after the national space standards for new housing were introduced, the government has promised a review of how they are working.