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 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.
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.
The government has said it will look to bolster the role of chief planner to champion built environment issues 'across and beyond government'.
Councillors have approved construction of a five-storey performing arts building in a conservation area in Peckham in south London after planners concluded that the development would be of a 'high quality design'.
Former London mayor Ken Livingstone said today that the Shard skyscraper was his greatest achievement in office, saying that his abolition of height and density restrictions in the capital paved the way for the scheme.
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.1 comment
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.
This week, I have been looking at a couple of projects that highlight the importance of microclimate.
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.
During 20 years in the construction trade. I rarely heard the word 'architect' said without a preceding expletive.1 comment
Modern planning originated in Britain with Ebenezer Howard's garden cities. Then, from 1945, the huge scale and ambition of the new towns were at the forefront of international practice.
A Devon council has established a blueprint requiring developers to provide self-build housing. David Dewar reports.
Unesco's request for a moratorium on planning decisions in Liverpool's World Heritage Site and the zone around it is unworkable, commentators say.
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.
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.