The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) held its 'Better Design for Better Places' conference in Birmingham last week. Here are five key things we learnt from the event.
Housing secretary James Brokenshire has said he is looking "seriously and thoughtfully" at how neighbourhood plans can be given "greater weight" in the planning system.
Planning officers in Essex are to establish what they describe as one of the UK's biggest design quality panels in a bid to drive up the standard of development across the county.
Systematic change is needed "on every single level" to deliver better place-making, while the planning system is "an antiquated mess", TV presenter and architect George Clarke said yesterday.
Developers need to acknowledge the need for good design and factor it into their financial appraisals for new schemes, planning minister Kit Malthouse said yesterday.
The government has been listening to industry concerns over the shortage of planners and is to commission research into the issue, chief planner Steve Quartermain told a conference today.
Last month I went to the inaugural Colin Amery Memorial Lecture. It was delivered by Sir Roger Scruton, the new chair - for now - of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission (BBBBC).
It may not be new but it's encouraging to see developer British Land, in its recent publication A Design for Life, throwing its weight behind the case for placemaking and design quality to improve health and wellbeing. Its assessment of the financial benefits to the state makes a compelling case.
The government has been doing some tinkering with the planning practice guidance (PPG) for custom build housing over the summer.
The many luxury flats being developed in prominent locations in Hackney, east London, give a strong sense that demographic change is accelerating.
Last week saw the launch of the Bartlett Real Estate Institute (BREI), which will be moving into business innovation hub Here East in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London in October.
It's hard, given the events in West London, to write about anything else, but it is also hard, in the absence of any concrete information on the causes, to comment on this tragedy. It may turn out that someone did something wrong negligently (or in other ways), but it also seems possible that this is the unimaginably tragic result of system failure.
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Crime has plummeted on a London housing estate after security features were agreed in the design process, says Colin Marrs.
3D modelling is increasingly being used by councils, developers and communities to help them understand the impact of proposed development, Adam Branson reports.
Sir Roger Scruton, the controversial chair of a new government commission looking to improve beauty in the built environment, is sceptical about contemporary architecture but a supporter of a strong planning system.
Revised national planning policy introduces new requirements for authorities and applicants that aim to boost design quality in new schemes. But how is it playing out on the ground, Colin Marrs asks.