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.
Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that Sir Roger Scruton has been dismissed as chair of the government's beautiful buildings commission, following what the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) described as "unacceptable comments" made by the writer and philosopher.
Sir Roger Scruton has been dismissed as chair of the government's beautiful buildings commission, following what the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) described as "unacceptable comments" made by the writer and philosopher.
Planners would like to have more influence on the design of developments in their area, a survey by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has found.
The revelation that social housing residents in south London have been prevented from using play space in a new housing development has prompted outrage, including from the housing secretary.
A south London council has formally adopted a supplementary planning document (SPD) aimed at helping it deliver 10,000 new homes on suburban windfall sites by 2036 through intensifying the use of such sites.
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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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.
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.