Housing and planning

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

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Swift read: rapid rehousing for homeless people in Scotland

For the past three years, councils in Scotland have been required to house homeless people more quickly and make less use of B&Bs and other temporary accommodation. A new study suggests rapid rehousing transition plans were making a difference, but have been set back by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Scotland Briefing
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Planning reforms for housing diversity

This briefing is one in a series that has been tracking planning reform in NSW, including Reforms to local strategic planning in NSW: A new role for councils? It will be of interest to technical planning officers in NSW in particular, but also councillors engaged in local planning policy, and other council staff interested in…

Australia Briefing
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Creating better places: lessons from Scotland

An overview and comment addressing Professor Duncan Maclennan’s recent report titled, ‘A Scotland of Better Places’, published by Edinburgh-based think tank, David Hume Institute.

Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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Benefits of Tactical Urbanism: making room for active transport, parklets, and shared spaces

COVID-19 has sparked a local government renaissance on rolling out pop-up cycle lanes and outdoor dining: elements of tactical urbanism deployed to reimagine how we use roads and car parks. This briefing will looks at the environmental, social, and economic benefits of repurposing public spaces, particularly roads and car parks, to these non-car uses.

Australia Briefing
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Housing and planning round-up August 2021

Homelessness is again the ‘big issue’ in this month’s housing and planning round-up, with councils backing a campaign against government guidance that could mean rough sleeping is identified as grounds for deportation. The round-up also contains news on evictions, right to buy, permitted development and fire safety.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Is housing a human right?

Is the option of living in adequate housing a human right? A report based on research commissioned by chief housing officers has lessons for the whole of the UK, and beyond, and is likely to get people talking about the quality of homes and the wider issues linked to housing.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Swift Read: Best practice in data and evidence led governance

This briefing provides a summary of the What Works Cities Certification, which is an initiative that can help cities determine whether they have the right practices in place to put data and evidence centrally in decision-making.

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

Opportunities for local government to catalyse inclusive and sustainable economic transitions

In this introductory briefing, Dr Anne Tiernan explores the ideas and identifies the opportunity context that presents for local governments to catalyse and drive inclusive, sustainable economic growth, to build on and leverage their strengths, and to attract and retain investment in their communities and places. This series of briefings will address the nexus between…

Australia Briefing
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Elevating ESD targets in Planning Schemes

This briefing looks at current initiatives in NSW and Victoria to elevate environmentally sustainable development targets, including those for net zero carbon development in the planning system.

Australia Briefing