Topic: Housing and planning

How can local authorities create healthy, sustainable neighbourhoods and ensure that there are enough high-quality homes for people?



Rough sleeping in England: where next?

Rough sleeping is falling in England but is still more prevalent than 12 years ago. An updated strategy reaffirms the government’s aim to end rough sleeping by the end of 2024, but will the measures proposed be enough? A new briefing looks at what is being promised.

England & Wales Briefing

The case for better places – understanding the social and economic benefits of placemaking

In this briefing, SGS’ Graeme Thiessen looks at the five broad, interconnected benefits of successful placemaking efforts, as supported by reports and research from around the world. This briefing will be of interest to councillors and CEOs, along with those interested in urban planning, economic development and sustainability.

Australia Briefing
Members & Global Local

Short term rental regulation

How can local government manage the boom in short term rentals, keeping the market fair while encouraging tourism?


Housing and planning round-up September 2022

Rent is the big issue in this month’s housing and planning roundup, with the government proposing a rent cap in England and the Scottish government freezing private rents until next spring. Other topics include rough sleeping, shortages in construction, planning cuts and a challenge issued to yet another new housing secretary.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Scotland Programme for Government 2022/23 — Highlights for Councils

On September 6, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the Scottish Government’s new Programme for Government (PfG) 2022-2023. This briefing will summarise key points of this announcement and highlight the parts most relevant to local government and public services.

Scotland Briefing
Members & Global Local

Control of short-term rentals in Ireland

This briefing is part of an LGIU series on the regulation of the short-term rental market in various jurisdictions. It examines the existing controls in the planning code in Ireland and new arrangements to improve compliance with these and to facilitate enforcement of the rules by planning authorities.

Ireland Briefing
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An inter-governmental deal on better cities: principles for partnership

SGS Economics and Planning (SGS) and the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) recently brought together a panel of experts at the Shine Dome in Canberra to explore what principles should guide a genuine partnership between the Commonwealth, the states, territories, and local governments to plan and deliver better cities. This briefing provides a summary.

Australia Briefing