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.
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.
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.
This briefing provides an overview of the Aboriginal Land Planning Framework and how local government can play a role in assisting LALCs when engaging with the process and will be of interest to local governments broadly, along with those in land use planning, economic development and community development.
Local people are set to be given new powers to force councils and other public bodies to sell them unused land and assets as part of a new ‘Right to Regenerate’. This briefing sets out the proposals and the early mixed responses to them.
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.
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.
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…
Creating and supporting flood resilient properties – where Build Back Better is more than a metaphor
Build Back Better is a phrase we are all hearing in many different contexts at the moment – whether it is relating to our economy, our lives or our society – and it will be vitally important in all of these contexts. However, there is one area where the phrase has a specific and very…
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…