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1,250-home Norwich tower approval prompts Historic England anger

1,250-home Norwich tower approval prompts Historic England anger

Historic England has called for government intervention after Norwich City Council approved plans for a 1,250-home, 20-storey mixed use scheme, which the heritage watchdog warned could cause "severe harm" to the city's character.

Brokenshire blocks 220-home Croydon tower on design grounds

Brokenshire blocks 220-home Croydon tower on design grounds

The housing secretary has refused permission for a 220-home, 17-storey tower in south London on design grounds, against the advice of a planning inspector.

Green light for 575-home 23-storey Ealing mixed use scheme

Green light for 575-home 23-storey Ealing mixed use scheme

The London Borough of Ealing has approved plans for a 575-home mixed use scheme in Southall which would be up to 23 storeys high.

New City of London tower 'will respond positively' to Tower of London world heritage site

New City of London tower 'will respond positively' to Tower of London world heritage site

A proposed new 305-metre City of London tower would 'respond positively, in concept, scale and mass' to the nearby Tower of London World Heritage Site, despite a recognition that the scheme would have some 'major' impacts on views from within the site, according to plans submitted for the scheme.

Programme aimed at boosting council planning skills seeks new applicants

Programme aimed at boosting council planning skills seeks new applicants

A programme that seeks to boost planning skills in local authorities is looking for applicants for its next round of recruitment, it has announced.

Developers slash housing provision from 1,356 homes to 250 in revised Bishopsgate plan

Developers slash housing provision from 1,356 homes to 250 in revised Bishopsgate plan

The developers behind plans for the long-delayed redevelopment of Bishopsgate Goodsyard in east London have slashed the amount of housing proposed from 1,356 homes to 250 under new revised plans.

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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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.

Why some councils are charging high fees for joining self-build registers

Why some councils are charging high fees for joining self-build registers

Some London boroughs are requiring those interested in building or customising their own home to pay up to £350 to register their interest, Planning has discovered.

How easing of upward extensions could impact on planning

How easing of upward extensions could impact on planning

A proposed new permitted development right allowing upward extensions could prompt design concerns and is unlikely to be welcomed by local authorities, say commentators.