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Five things we learned from the government's design conference

Five things we learned from the government's design conference

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.

Brokenshire 'looking seriously' at giving 'greater weight' to neighbourhood plans

Brokenshire 'looking seriously' at giving 'greater weight' to neighbourhood plans

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.

Essex councils announce creation of 'one of the UK's biggest' design review panels

Essex councils announce creation of 'one of the UK's biggest' design review panels

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.

Planning system is an 'antiquated mess', says TV architect

Planning system is an 'antiquated mess', says TV architect

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.

Minister challenges developers to factor good design into their cost appraisals

Minister challenges developers to factor good design into their cost appraisals

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.

Chief planner says government is to examine planning staff shortages

Chief planner says government is to examine planning staff shortages

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.

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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How we did it: Designing out crime in estate revamp

How we did it: Designing out crime in estate revamp

Crime has plummeted on a London housing estate after security features were agreed in the design process, says Colin Marrs.

How councils, developers and communities are making use of 3D modelling

How councils, developers and communities are making use of 3D modelling

3D modelling is increasingly being used by councils, developers and communities to help them understand the impact of proposed development, Adam Branson reports.

What we know about beauty commission chair Sir Roger Scruton's views on planning and design

What we know about beauty commission chair Sir Roger Scruton's views on planning and design

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.

How inspectors are interpreting the NPPF's demands for better design

How inspectors are interpreting the NPPF's demands for better design

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.