A new task force will provide expert help to councils with creating planning strategies to deliver custom and self-build housing.
Plans for a new junction on the M49 near Bristol that would provide a motorway connection into a strategically important employment location have taken a step forward with the selection of a preferred option for the scheme by roads body Highways England.
A fresh planning application for the long-delayed regeneration of central London's historic Smithfield markets could be submitted next year after funding was confirmed which would support the Museum of London's planned move to the site.
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.
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".
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
- Group Manager Planning and Building Control Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Southend, Southend-on-Sea
- Planning Technician/Assistant Planning Officer/Planning Officer Hastings Borough Council Hastings, East Sussex
- Principal Town Planner – Bristol Allen & York Ltd Bristol
- Business Unit Leader for Planning Policy and Economy Mid Sussex District Council Haywards Heath, West Sussex
- RTPI Planner / Strategic Planner Persimmon Homes Witham, Essex
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.