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.
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.
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.
Experts are divided on the likely impact of proposals to recast policy approaches to housing density in the latest draft of the London Plan.1 comment
The winner has been announced in a competition to develop ideas for the future development of the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor.
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.1 comment
The government has been doing some tinkering with the planning practice guidance (PPG) for custom build housing over the summer.
The many luxury flats being developed in prominent locations in Hackney, east London, give a strong sense that demographic change is accelerating.
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.
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.
The irrational fear of the unknown is a powerful barrier to positive change not least in planning for housing delivery.1 comment
Sometimes events happen in serendipitous sequence.
- Planner – Significant Projects and Infrastructure Canal & River Trust Birmingham, West Midlands
- Town Planning Director Blayze Group London
- Senior Policy Planner Dartford Borough Council Dartford, Kent
- Head of Planning Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council Hinckley, Leicestershire
- King’s Lynn Heritage Action Zone Programme Manager Borough Council of Kings Lynn & West Norfolk King's Lynn, Norfolk
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
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.
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.
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.