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765-home high-density Reading retail park redevelopment approved

765-home high-density Reading retail park redevelopment approved

Plans have been approved for the high-density redevelopment of a 2.8-hectare retail park near Reading train station for 765 homes, after planners accepted a cut in overall affordable housing provision to provide more units for rent.

Campaigners call for new habitat creation to be standard feature in all new developments

Campaigners call for new habitat creation to be standard feature in all new developments

Creating new wildlife habitats should be a standard feature of all new housing development, wherever it is, according to new guidelines published today by environmental campaigners.

Javid praises study recommending moves to create more homes above shops

Javid praises study recommending moves to create more homes above shops

The communities secretary Sajid Javid has said he will be looking 'very closely' at a report published yesterday which recommends that councils do more to support the development of homes above shops, including making sure that local planning documents 'explicitly make reference' to such development.

How revised rules on density could affect London's development

How revised rules on density could affect London's development

Experts are divided on the likely impact of proposals to recast policy approaches to housing density in the latest draft of the London Plan.

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Winner announced in Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor competition

Winner announced in Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor competition

The winner has been announced in a competition to develop ideas for the future development of the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor.

13 things you need to know about the draft London plan

13 things you need to know about the draft London plan

The draft revised version of the London Plan was published for consultation this week. We highlight 13 things you need to know about the key proposed policy changes.

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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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Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about fire safety

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about fire safety

Proposals to make fire safety a planning consideration will require planners to have a better understanding of the issue, say Mike Straw and Barry McAllister

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.