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Plans for 261 'low quality' homes refused by Hampshire council despite land supply shortfall

Plans for 261 'low quality' homes refused by Hampshire council despite land supply shortfall

Fareham Borough Council has refused planning permission for 261 homes on farming land on 21 grounds, including the proposal's "adverse visual effect on the countryside" and "low quality", which the authority says outweigh its lack of a five-year housing land supply.

City of London wind guidance sets out new duties for tall building developers

City of London wind guidance sets out new duties for tall building developers

Developers will be required to conduct detailed assessments of changes to wind conditions that will be caused by new towers in the City of London, under planning guidelines published this week.

Inspector saves architect's award-winning building from Islington demolition order

Inspector saves architect's award-winning building from Islington demolition order

A planning inspector has quashed a notice by a north London council requiring the demolition of a six-storey building that is home to an architecture practice and has won two awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Tibbalds and Design Council appointed by MHCLG to create new design guide

Tibbalds and Design Council appointed by MHCLG to create new design guide

Planning consultancy Tibbalds and government advisor the Design Council have been appointed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to produce a new 'visual design guide' that will form part of new planning guidance on design.

Scruton returns to Building Beautiful Commission as co-chair

Scruton returns to Building Beautiful Commission as co-chair

Sir Roger Scruton has returned to the government's Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission as co-chair, after the housing secretary issued an apology to the philosopher for sacking him earlier this year.

Advice on planning for high densities and reallocating sites in new 'effective land use' guidance

Advice on planning for high densities and reallocating sites in new 'effective land use' guidance

Advice on how planners can assess when land should be "reallocated for a more deliverable use" and how to assess "appropriate levels of sunlight and daylight" in high-density developments is included in new planning guidance, published by the government yesterday.

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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: Producing design advice to create denser suburbs

How we did it: Producing design advice to create denser suburbs

Croydon has produced a supplementary planning document to provide design guidance for the borough's residential intensification. Colin Marrs reports.

Why planning authorities may struggle to implement government advisors' plans to beautify building

Why planning authorities may struggle to implement government advisors' plans to beautify building

Interim recommendations by the government's design quality commission would place "beauty" at the heart of the planning system. Commentators expect the new Prime Minister to take forward the agenda, but suggest that under-resourced councils might struggle to push for higher design standards.

Briefing: How to ensure key design principles are embedded in planning process

Briefing: How to ensure key design principles are embedded in planning process

Planners will need to become familiarised with key design principles when assessing proposals, say David Birkbeck and Dr Stefan Kruczkowski.

Is Public Practice helping to address the planning skills shortage?

Is Public Practice helping to address the planning skills shortage?

The Public Practice social enterprise that aims to boost public sector built environment expertise through placements of private sector professionals has completed its first year. Is it helping to address the planning skills shortage, asks Adam Branson.