When the UK went into lockdown, successful and swift action was taken to get rough sleepers across Scotland off the streets thanks to effective wrap-around support from local government, Scottish Government, and third sector organisations. But as funding dries out, lockdown eases, and the country faces an economic downturn, how can we reduce homelessness?
Dr Marcus Spiller from SGS Economics & Planning and independent consultant Fiona Whitworth examine the demise of municipal markets, and the case for reinstating them as key municipal infrastructure, discussing how the markets fit within current retail planning and the potential benefits they bring to local communities.
Online Event: Strategies on Tackling Homelessness & Rough sleeping: Keynote Speaker Dame Louise Casey
This online session, hosted by the LGiU, will discuss strategies that attempt to help end homelessness on a permanent basis, as well as share best practice and ideas. As the UK starts to come out of lockdown, the opportunity must be grasped to try and end rough sleeping.
The NSW Government is preparing a comprehensive Housing Strategy for the whole of the state. This briefing reviews a discussion paper released to assist councils in preparing their own submissions, as well as a briefing on key themes and potential implications for local government.
Why is it taking so long to improve fire safety in residential tower blocks three years after Grenfell? Recent reports by a House of Commons Select Committee and the NAO look at the limited work completed so far, the effect on residents, and how much more needs to be done soon.
This briefing looks at the design of the new Parramatta Aquatic and Leisure Centre, and provides a discussion of future trends in public pools. it will be of interest to those in recreation planning, infrastructure and major projects plus community development.
Two key existing constraints to housing output have been construction capacity and development viability. This briefing focuses on the main factors restricting output while looking to possible new challenges, including the latest question as to housing funding in the wake of the impacts of Covid-19 on public finances.
Recent press reports have suggested that the UK government is planning a major overhaul of the planning system as part of its national economic recovery planning. We consider this here and look at essays on reforms to planning that may influence their ideas.
A ban on evictions in England and Wales has been extended until August, while ministers sought to clarify how many rough sleepers are being helped by councils. More coronavirus news in this month’s housing and planning roundup, plus a critical MPs’ report on fire safety.
The role of local government in environmental and public health, and the importance of better integration of health and wellbeing considerations into our land use planning and development decision-making, may be able to make a positive contribution in the Covid-19 recovery phase.