Housing and planning

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



Somers Town regeneration story – drawing on good practice

This briefing considers what wider insights other projects can draw from the Somers Town urban regeneration project, located between Euston and St Pancras stations in London, England. We look at how the scheme has adapted to changing circumstances since its inception, how it was managed and what community benefits it supports.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa Briefing

Unfinished business

Local government has been financially under resourced and the policy agenda has underserved in key areas of service, democracy and community. This latest pillar in our Post-Covid Councils project sets out a blueprint for the thinking we need to generate some vital momentum around these pieces of Unfinished Business.

England & Wales Publication

Housing and planning round-up February 2021

Fire safety is again the big issue in this month’s housing and planning roundup, with a government scheme to help leaseholders caught up in the ‘cladding crisis’ receiving a lukewarm reception. The round up also covers homelessness, almos, design codes, grants for greener homes and housebuilding.

England & Wales Briefing

Engaging children in placemaking

How can we engage children in placemaking? Alex Robinson from New Union describes a fun activity for civic-minded primary school kids and tells us about a  placemaking policy hack-a-thon for the grown ups, too.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post Blog

Supply chains, land use planning and the circular economy

This briefing, part of a series looking at the concept of a circular economy, explores the importance of understanding supply chains in order to effectively integrate circular economy goals with land use planning and economic development.

Australia Briefing

Affordable housing schemes – reflecting on past experience

The recent publication of the Affordable Housing Bill, 2020 provides a new legislative basis for direct state-led construction of affordable homes for purchase. It seems appropriate, therefore, to reflect on experience with previous schemes from the late 1990s to the late 2000s, as a preliminary to a further item considering proposals for a future affordable…

Ireland Briefing

Housing: State of the Nation

As the pandemic continues to monopolise the attention of government, housing policy faces the same challenges of affordability and supply as it did at the beginning of 2020. This briefing will provide a short statement of where we stand at the start of 2021 in the hope and expectation that the making and implementation of…

Ireland Briefing