Archive: Local Planning

Ian Dunt: 'Planning law is as subject to power and capital as everything else.'

Comment: Corporations are killing the British high street

Mary Portas' proposals will change nothing. To save the British high street you have to be brave up enough to stand up to the corporations.

Opinion Former Articles

  • ESRC: Empowered citizens or hopeful bystanders?

    The new political appetite for 'localism' in town planning has triggered anxiety within local communities and amongst those charged with making it work, according to new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

  • Rural communities denied affordable housing as developers exploit loophole

    This animation, from the CPRE, highlights that England hasn’t built enough genuinely affordable homes in rural or urban areas for decades. Following cuts to capital grant and financial restrictions on councils, we now rely on private developers to deliver a large share of new affordable homes through the Section 106 system. But since 2012, national planning rules have blunted this tool by enabling the widespread use and abuse of viability assessments.

  • ESRC: Urban landscape's power to hurt or heal

    Research shows that street furniture, barriers, parks, public spaces and neighbourhood architecture can stir up powerful emotions in local residents. This should be taken into account in programmes designed to reduce tensions and foster community cohesion.

  • What does professionalism mean to construction?

    The CIOB presented a new report, 'Understanding the Value of Professionals and Professional Bodies', at the Conservative Party Conference. Watch highlights here from the panel discussion, including input from Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis MP.

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