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Delivering recovery through the Sustainable Development Goals – case studies from across Scotland

As institutions across the world look for ways to “build back better” this briefing examines a Scottish Government review that brings together evidence, actions and stories on (pre-Covid) progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In summarising this report, case studies from local authorities across Scotland are used, and we explore how the localisation of…

Scotland
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Is the key to housing affordability and viability reducing cost of production?

Production costs, their impact on the viability of housing development, and the implications for supply and affordability of new dwellings, are one of the most important issues currently affecting the housing sector. This briefing further considers that theme with the benefit of information and insights in the SCSI report.

Ireland
Members

Green space, greener communities

Parks and other green space help people maintain their health and enjoy better lifestyles. But during the pandemic, some people are enjoying far greater access to green areas than others. We consider what councils can do to create not just more green space but greener communities.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Youth Justice – a review of recent developments

Away from intense public scrutiny in recent years, there have been significant developments in the youth justice system including a reduction in youth crime but also a significant increase in youth reoffending and racial disproportionality on who enters the youth custodial system. This briefing reviews recent developments.

England & Wales
Members

Future directions of housing in Scotland

This briefing considers future directions of housing in Scotland, with a particular focus on how local authorities can leverage the sector to aid in a socially equitable and environmentally sustainable economic recovery from the effects of Covid-19.

Scotland
Members

Productivity Commission’s Commercial Land Use Zoning: A Case Study

This briefing provides a summary of the Federal Productivity Commission’s recently released Commercial Land Use Zoning: Productivity Reform Case Study – It is a technical review and will be of interest to urban and regional planners and those interested in development assessment and strategic planning.

Australia
Members & Followers

‘Local lockdowns’: where, why and are they working?

Every day there seems to be new local restrictions imposed across the UK and there have been new national measures too. Will they work? What is the evidence so far and have they made enforcement more complex? We look at the current state of play here.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland
Members

Planning for retail: The implications of COVID-19

This briefing explores the changing nature of retail and the implications for land use planning in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and will be of interest to those in land use planning, economic development, along with councillors and CEOs.

Australia