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Bartlett School of Planning to review design quality of nation's homes

Bartlett School of Planning to review design quality of nation's homes

One of the country's leading planning schools is to carry out an audit of design quality in housing developments across England, it has been announced.

How the new daylight standard impacts on planning

How the new daylight standard impacts on planning

More precise Europe-wide rules on assessing daylight and sunlight levels in new developments have just come into force, but observers warn it may increase scope for challenges and create tensions with national policy.

Johnson and Gove back Policy Exchange calls for fresh planning changes

Johnson and Gove back Policy Exchange calls for fresh planning changes

Planning policies promoting design quality, incentives to build retirement housing, and the creation of 15 new towns on the outskirts of London are among a series of recommendations made by think tank Policy Exchange in a report that has been backed by two leading Tory leadership candidates.

Brokenshire overrules inspector to refuse 471-home Sainsbury's store redevelopment

Brokenshire overrules inspector to refuse 471-home Sainsbury's store redevelopment

The housing secretary has overruled the recommendation of a planning inspector and refused plans for the 471-home mixed-use redevelopment of a Sainsbury's supermarket site, after attaching "substantial weight" to the harm caused by the loss of daylight arising from the proposal.

RIBA calls for adoption of Letwin review findings to boost design quality

RIBA calls for adoption of Letwin review findings to boost design quality

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has called on the government to break up large housing sites for delivery by smaller housebuilders and to invest in local authority planning teams as key ways of driving up design standards.

Easing planning for modular homes 'can help councils meet land supply targets'

Easing planning for modular homes 'can help councils meet land supply targets'

Local authorities could more easily meet their housing targets by introducing a "front-loaded" regime for modern methods of construction (MMC), including the use of local development orders (LDOs), according to a new report.

Latest Design & Architecture Comment

Caustic style will subvert Scruton's beauty crusade, by Chris Brown

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).

Good placemaking pays corporate dividends, by Chris Brown

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.

Government has been tinkering with custom build guidance, by Chris Brown

The government has been doing some tinkering with the planning practice guidance (PPG) for custom build housing over the summer.

Holding onto sense of place in east London, by Ibrahim Michael Maiga

The many luxury flats being developed in prominent locations in Hackney, east London, give a strong sense that demographic change is accelerating.

Institute can highlight non-financial real estate value, by Chris Brown

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.

This tragedy should inspire positive change, by Chris Brown

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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Briefing: What are the future prospects for the modular homes industry?

Briefing: What are the future prospects for the modular homes industry?

The modular homes industry is likely to accelerate and planning policy is starting to acknowledge its role, writes Isobel McGeever.

The Planning Awards: Best of the best

The Planning Awards: Best of the best

This year's winners span 26 categories across planning and placemaking, Mark Wilding reports.

What to expect from the new chief of the government's Beauty Commission

What to expect from the new chief of the government's Beauty Commission

The new interim chair of the government's commission aiming to improve the design of new developments is a supporter of traditional architecture and greater public participation in planning and design, say observers.

What now for Scruton's beauty commission?

What now for Scruton's beauty commission?

The need to find a new chair for the government-appointed Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission following Sir Roger Scruton's sacking has raised questions about its ability to meet its target of reporting this year. But insiders say a lot of work has already been done, and that discussion has moved beyond architectural styles to other place-shaping factors.