Case Studies

Detailed analyses of how projects or plans have come together, accompanied by independent commentaries.

How we did it: Letting officers pick their own cases

How we did it: Letting officers pick their own cases

Camden has given its development management team more autonomy, says Mark Wilding.

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How we did it: Driving neighbourhood plan coverage

How we did it: Driving neighbourhood plan coverage

A Midlands county council team is providing effective support for neighbourhood plans, David Dewar finds.

How we did it: Hitting rogue landlords where it hurts

How we did it: Hitting rogue landlords where it hurts

A team in Barnet is using criminal law to clamp down on rogue landlords, reports David Dewar.

How we did it: Adopting a strategy to boost the waterside

How we did it: Adopting a strategy to boost the waterside

Reversing the loss of 'blue infrastructure' is key to Tower Hamlets' waterside strategy, says Adam Branson.

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How we did it: Tackling health inequality via planning

How we did it: Tackling health inequality via planning

South Worcestershire Councils has responded to the call to improve public health, says Adam Branson.

How we did it: Increasing fee income by 69% in two years

How we did it: Increasing fee income by 69% in two years

Planning performance agreements helped drive one borough's fee growth up by 69 per cent in two years, says Adam Branson.

How we did it: Creating a new school in listed buildings

How we did it: Creating a new school in listed buildings

Preserving listed buildings' heritage was key to approval for a modern school and homes, says Mark Wilding.

Unresolved archaeological matters contribute to appeal dismissal

Two similar schemes for redevelopment of adjoining properties of townscape merit in the conservation area of a London Borough were dismissed by an inspector, in part due to an absence of archaeological and Scheduled Monument evaluations.

How we did it: Building homes on employment land

How we did it: Building homes on employment land

This north London scheme shows how industrial uses can be co-located alongside housing, notes David Dewar.

How we did it: Securing approval for an estate renewal

How we did it: Securing approval for an estate renewal

The trust behind plans to rebuild a south London estate rethought their approach from scratch. Colin Marrs reports.

How we did it: Creating a housing and industrial mix

How we did it: Creating a housing and industrial mix

Industrial and housing development work side by side on a north London scheme, says David Dewar.

How we did it: Producing a joint local plan in three years

How we did it: Producing a joint local plan in three years

Three Lincolnshire councils called in support to help prepare their joint plan, says Mark Wilding.

How we did it: Winning approval for a regeneration scheme

How we did it: Winning approval for a regeneration scheme

Close engagement with the council and locals was key to approval for this major scheme, says Mark Wilding.

How we did it: Winning consent for an 'exceptional' home

How we did it: Winning consent for an 'exceptional' home

Plans for an eco home in Devon had to pass a tough test on exceptional design quality, says David Dewar.

How we did it: Completing an early review of a local plan

How we did it: Completing an early review of a local plan

An authority in Suffolk has managed to carry out a swift review of its local plan, David Dewar reports.

How we did it: Conducting a survey for a marine plan

How we did it: Conducting a survey for a marine plan

An online mapping tool contributed to the success of this award-winning Scottish marine survey, David Dewar reports.

How we did it: Masterplanning a town centre revival

How we did it: Masterplanning a town centre revival

A 12-year vision to help a Merseyside town centre overcome years of decline had to look beyond retail, says John Geoghegan.

How we did it: Securing airport expansion permission

How we did it: Securing airport expansion permission

Mayoral opposition had to be overcome to obtain approval for London City Airport's expansion plan, David Dewar reports.

How we did it: Testing the water for a cycling scheme

How we did it: Testing the water for a cycling scheme

New digital engagement techniques proved key to securing public approval for a London borough's cycling scheme, says Mark Wilding.

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