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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.

10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

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 fired as beautiful buildings commission chair

Sir Roger Scruton fired as beautiful buildings commission chair

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 want more influence over design, survey suggests

Planners want more influence over design, survey suggests

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.

How play space row highlights issues over compliance with permissions

How play space row highlights issues over compliance with permissions

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.

Croydon adopts suburban densification planning document

Croydon adopts suburban densification planning document

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.

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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.

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.

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.