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Quartermain letter stresses planning role in counter-terrorism

Quartermain letter stresses planning role in counter-terrorism

The government's chief planner Steve Quartermain has written to council planning bosses reminding them of the role the planning system 'in ensuring appropriate measures are in place in relation to counter-terrorist and crime prevention security'.

Transport minister hits out at 'crass' planners

Transport minister hits out at 'crass' planners

Transport minister John Hayes has hit out at 'callous architects, crass planners and careless politicians' and said he is looking the processes by which design judgments and decisions are made 'as well as the principles which inform those decisions'.

Plans submitted for Manchester Piccadilly Gardens revamp

Plans submitted for Manchester Piccadilly Gardens revamp

Plans have been submitted for the redevelopment of Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens, including the replacement of the park's existing brutalist pavilion building with a larger structure featuring a new covered open space.

London mayor to launch placement programme for 'talented planners' in October

London mayor to launch placement programme for 'talented planners' in October

London mayor Sadiq Khan is to launch a new social enterprise in October to place 'talented designers and planners' in local authorities as part of his new 'Good Growth by Design' programme, unveiled yesterday.

Sir Terry Farrell awarded top RTPI honour

Sir Terry Farrell awarded top RTPI honour

Planner and architect Sir Terry Farrell has been awarded the Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI's) gold medal, which recognises outstanding achievement in the profession.

Public health chiefs issue advice on designing healthier places

Public health chiefs issue advice on designing healthier places

Improving the quality of housing and providing better access to the natural environment are among the key measures planners should pursue to help improve public health, according to a new government document.

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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.

The sector needs more skilled urban designers, by Chris Brown

I had one depressing and one encouraging place-making experience last week. The depressing experience was at a design review panel for a local authority-led scheme. The positive experience was in a meeting with an academic teaching urban design and urbanism.

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".

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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.

Exceptional properties: What impact has the so-called 'Gummers Law' had on decision makers?

Exceptional properties: What impact has the so-called 'Gummers Law' had on decision makers?

In 1997, a controversial new planning policy was introduced that allowed new homes in the countryside to be built providing they were of outstanding architectural quality. Two decades on, David Dewar examines the impact of so-called 'Gummer's Law'.

Policy Briefing: What pub protection rule changes mean for planners

Policy Briefing: What pub protection rule changes mean for planners

Changes to permitted development rights for pubs should make it easier for councils to protect them, says Dinny Shaw.