Amid the Northern Rail chaos, the North has found its voice

The spectacular meltdown of the North’s transport network continues following the introduction of the new nationwide timetable over two weeks ago. Northern Rail’s services have become so unreliable that a creative group of frustrated travellers ha...

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Posted 13/06/2018

by Zak Deakin

Green Belt and Braces

The proportion of new homes built in Green Belt land doubled between 2015/16 and 2016/17 as was widely reported this last week. The MHCLG figures show that four percent of new homes were built on the Green Belt, compared to two percent the previou...

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Posted 06/06/2018

by Zak Deakin

Pedestrianisation is a land use issue too

Despite support from the Mayor of London, Westminster City Council have recently put the proposals to pedestrianise Oxford Street on hold. Whilst this may be a politically motivated move, it may also be a good time to reflect on what we aim to ach...

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Posted 01/06/2018

by Alice Hawkins

How much are your legs worth?

How much are your legs worth? Bit of an odd question, isn’t it? How do you attach a financial value to your mobility? Whilst a bus or car can get you to the shops, they can’t dance, kick a ball around the park with a child or climb a ladder for wo...

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Posted 30/05/2018

by Dan Jestico

The Last Mile

Logistics is changing, and it's no wonder; we no longer wish to spend our down time in the supermarket buying essential goods. Approximately half of our retail spending is undertaken in "task mode" via online websites, i.e. purchasing everyday ite...

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Posted 23/05/2018

by Charlotte Hutchison

NPPF: The Consultation Closes

The NPPF consultation came to a close at 11.45pm on 10th May. A not inconsiderable 27,000 responses were logged. Admittedly 5,000 of those responses do relate just to Veteran trees, but all the same the MHCLG’s plan to release a revised plan by th...

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Posted 16/05/2018

by Ian Anderson

Do aesthetic and function make good bedfellows?

Walk through any British city or major town and you will find many instances of magnificent buildings that exude exceptional design principles, are an impressive use of space, and are described in such terms as innovative, creative or inspiring. ...

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Posted 09/05/2018

by Steven Gosling

Obtainable housing

It sometimes feels like ‘Housing, Housing, Housing’ is the political mantra of the twenty-tens, as ‘Education, Education, Education’ was the soundbite for New Labour two decades earlier. That’s why I question the credibility of Labour’s Green Pape...

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Posted 03/05/2018

by Ian Anderson

Review: Housing in a historic centre | Placemaking Resource

Timekeepers Square is sensitive to the heritage of its Salford city centre location, but gated aspects of the scheme may prevent integration, finds Murray Graham. Getting the No 8 bus from Bolton to Manchester on a friday night in the late 1970...

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Posted 03/05/2018

by Murray Graham

Local Elections 2018: What do you need to look out for?

A week of political overhaul got off to a hectic start on Monday, when Sajid Javid became the new Home Secretary following the resignation of Amber Rudd - later that day it was announced that James Brokenshire would replace Javid at MHCLG. You can...

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Posted 02/05/2018

by Patrick McNamara