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Plans approved for 22-storey Bristol tower despite heritage concerns

Plans approved for 22-storey Bristol tower despite heritage concerns

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.

London Planning Awards shortlist revealed

London Planning Awards shortlist revealed

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.

Government to look at bolstering built environment role of chief planner

Government to look at bolstering built environment role of chief planner

The government has said it will look to bolster the role of chief planner to champion built environment issues 'across and beyond government'.

Go-ahead for Peckham arts school development

Go-ahead for Peckham arts school development

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 mayor claims Shard as greatest achievement in office

Former mayor claims Shard as greatest achievement in office

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.

City of London moots move to relax protected views

City of London moots move to relax protected views

City of London planners are considering whether rules protecting views of the Tower of London should be relaxed to allow the expansion of the cluster of skyscrapers in the east of the Square Mile.

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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.

We need to know more about how our schemes affect wind and shadow, by Chris Brown

This week, I have been looking at a couple of projects that highlight the importance of microclimate.

Neglecting microclimate issues in our cities can have catastrophic impacts, by Chris Brown

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.

How to stop shoddy design before it hits the street, by Peter Bill

During 20 years in the construction trade. I rarely heard the word 'architect' said without a preceding expletive.

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New problems with old solutions, by Sam Jacob

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.

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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.

How Pipe appointment will influence mayor on plans and design

How Pipe appointment will influence mayor on plans and design

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.

Why the government is set to review the impact of space standards so far

Why the government is set to review the impact of space standards so far

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.