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Planning Awards Countdown: Award for Design Excellence in Placemaking

Planning Awards Countdown: Award for Design Excellence in Placemaking

With the Planning Awards only five weeks away, we take a closer look at one of the shortlisted entries in the design excellence in placemaking category.

Preferred team announced for Old Oak masterplan

Preferred team announced for Old Oak masterplan

A consortium of consultants led by AECOM has been announced as preferred bidder to develop a masterplan for the Old Oak area of west London.

Khan pulls plug on London's controversial 'Garden Bridge' project

Khan pulls plug on London's controversial 'Garden Bridge' project

London mayor Sadiq Khan has said he will not provide the financial guarantees required to allow work to begin on the controversial 'Garden Bridge' project, casting the future of the project into doubt.

Urban densification key to climate fight, says report

Urban densification key to climate fight, says report

The creation of 'dense and energy-efficient cities' is key to cutting carbon emissions, according to a report by a business-led commission on energy and climate change.

MPs recommend equalities probe over local plan approvals

MPs recommend equalities probe over local plan approvals

MPs have recommended that the Equality and Human Rights Commission undertake a formal investigation into whether the Planning Inspectorate has approved local plans which pay 'insufficient regard to the needs of disabled people', in breach of its statutory duties.

Go-ahead for Hereford 'Skylon Tower'

Go-ahead for Hereford 'Skylon Tower'

Plans have been approved for a replica of the 1951 Festival of Britain Skylon sculpture at a site at Hereford's enterprise zone, in line with a recommendation from planners who concluded that the development would not result in 'significant adverse visual effects or adverse impacts on landscape character'.

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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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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.

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How four new technologies are set to change planning

How four new technologies are set to change planning

Technological innovations that are already having a dramatic impact on our daily lives are set to have a major effect on planning, says Euan Mills.

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.

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.