Improving the energy efficiency of housing is a vital part of tackling the climate crisis. This means upgrading council homes and other social housing to reduce carbon emissions. This briefing looks at the money available to councils and whether local authorities can take a lead in encouraging higher energy standards in other tenures of housing.
This briefing looks at Australia’s cities and regions, and how they function now and into the future, with a specific focus on employment density – and aims to answer the question: ‘is there such a thing as an ‘optimal’ size for a city or region?
Unstoppable force V immovable object? Cork County Council challenges Minister over development plans
In an unusual move, Cork County Council recently brought a High Court challenge against a minister in a dispute over the Minister’s direction that it annul a change to the county development plan. This briefing examines the background, policy context and dramatis personae in this interesting battle,
This briefing looks at an example of community-led, area-based and multi-sectoral planning and place-making. The learnings identified may be useful to other communities and local authorities, particularly those in rural areas.
In the context of planning goals, the need to maintain vibrant centres that can deliver a range of services and employment opportunities is critical. This briefing seeks to highlight the vulnerability of suburban centres to the changing retail environment, and the social and economic consequences.
This briefing examines the case of Ireland and how, as one of the first Age Friendly Countries, according to the World Health Organisation, it is approaching the delivery of age-appropriate homes for its increasingly older population. This briefing will be of interest to housing personnel and, particularly so, to those charged with the long-term planning…
Swift Read: Are mobile masts the size of Nelson’s Column about to appear across the English countryside?
The government is proposing changes in a new technical consultation to allow taller and wider mobile phone masts to be built to speed up the rollout of 5G and improve connectivity in rural areas – often without planning approval.
This briefing provides an outline of the recently-released discussion paper looking into the Review of the Rate Peg to Include Population Growth, as part of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) review of the NSW rate peg.
Ireland’s National Planning Framework (NPF) sets out a vision and strategy to shape national, regional and local spatial development, with the first of ten National Strategic Outcomes identified in the vision being ‘Compact Growth’. This briefing examines the policy context which is influencing the debate and decisions regarding increased building heights in our cities.
This briefing presents the case for an alternate approach to greenfield development in South Australia in order to address the challenge of development sequencing and infrastructure funding. While this briefing is focussed on South Australia, the challenges are relevant for growth areas across Australia.