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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.

Highways England bids to unlock Avonmouth employment site with new motorway junction

Highways England bids to unlock Avonmouth employment site with new motorway junction

Plans for a new junction on the M49 near Bristol that would provide a motorway connection into a strategically important employment location have taken a step forward with the selection of a preferred option for the scheme by roads body Highways England.

Fresh Smithfield markets application 'could be submitted next year'

Fresh Smithfield markets application 'could be submitted next year'

A fresh planning application for the long-delayed regeneration of central London's historic Smithfield markets could be submitted next year after funding was confirmed which would support the Museum of London's planned move to the site.

Smart cities body announces funding to drive planning innovation

Smart cities body announces funding to drive planning innovation

A government-backed centre of excellence in urban innovation has announced £100,000 of funding for small businesses to demonstrate how 'user focused design, data and digital innovation' can improve the UK planning system.

Plans approved for 22-storey Bristol tower despite heritage concerns

Plans approved for 22-storey Bristol tower despite heritage concerns

Plans have been approved for a major 274-home, mixed-use scheme in central Bristol, including a 22 storey tower, despite a recommendation from Historic England that the scheme be refused on heritage grounds.

London Planning Awards shortlist revealed

London Planning Awards shortlist revealed

Stratford's Westfield shopping centre, proposals for a park built on disused railway sidings, and the housing-led redevelopment of a hospital in Plaistow are all on the shortlist for recognition in this year's London Planning Awards.

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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.