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  Built Environment How smarter urbanisation can help us meet the challenges of rapid growth  - Nicholas Falk – The Planner Bulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar...
Built Environment Are cities too big or too small –  should we live in fewer, larger cities? – CityLab Quiz: guess the city from its skyline - Guardian Alfred Place park to...
The purpose of a tax is first and foremost to raise revenue.  A second purpose can be to influence behaviour by taxing goods or services that society wants people to use less.  A third...
Built Environment Quiz: guess the city from its skyline - Guardian Alfred Place park to be central London's first new park in over 100 years - LI Parks Without Borders: Creating a...
  Urban Design Directory - Featured Practice Amec Foster Wheeler Defence College for Technical Training, Lyneham   PROJECT SUMMARY Masterplanning and design of new Defence College for...
LUC - Bishopric, HorshamThis project is an opportunity to redefine the Bishopric’s significance and role within Horsham town centre.The opening of John Lewis at Home in 2015 and the...
Environment Technological progress alone will not stem resource use – MIT News Researchers find no evidence of an overall reduction in the world’s consumption of materials. Movement...
20 Jan  Technological progress alone will not stem resource use – MIT News Researchers find no evidence of an overall reduction in the world’s consumption of materials. Sandwell...
13 Jan Renting rather than owning a home may not be as expensive as many people think - University of Stirling Department for Transport Modelling shows potential for driverless vehicles to cut...
Contents In Brief Research and Industry News Urban Design Around the World Urban Design Events   IN BRIEF  English Government Names 14 Garden Villages and 3 Garden Towns  Key points...
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Download Urban Update 20 May 2016 High Speed Rail Explored: Report Launch HSR and Connected Cities  The Independent Transport Commission Leeds on Monday 16th May 2016. Report by Laura...
Download Urban Update   Big Meet 5 – Design Review  - Event Report  There is a lot of interest in design review at the moment, and it is timely that the Place Alliance’s...
Download Urban Update Impact of HS1 on Property Prices? Domestic high-speed commuter services on the High Speed 1 line between the Channel Tunnel and London commenced on 13 December 2009.  The...
Download Urban Update Time to design the underworld? UDG Director Robert Huxford, speaking at a recent Energy Utilities Industry Conference, has called for a better design and management of the space...
Download Urban Design 8 April 2016   Urban Design 138 – Spring 2016: Industry and Urban Design Louise Thomas introduces the current edition of Urban Design A sustainable and enjoyable...
A Response to the London Good Growth Agenda 2016 Graham Marshall gives a North West pro-social perspective on the debate on the growth of London London Docklands against the backdrop of a layer of...
Download Urban Update 25 Feb 2016 Why is the starting point for street design still cars and lorries and not people? Turn to any street design guide and you will find a rich and generous amount of...
Download Urban Update 12 Feb 2016 Streets of Shame Use out of date approaches to highway design and management could leave highway authorities liable and professional staff in breach of codes of...
Download Urban Update 29 Jan 2016   Housing A restless local government officer writes “As a local government planner I have to work without favour to any political party interest, only...
Download Urban Update 22 January 2016   Vision Zero UK Launch How many people should die on our streets and highways each year?   2000?  200? 20?  Well how about zero? ...
Download Urban Update 15 Jan 2016 Urban Farming Special Brooklyn Farmer - Event report The world’s largest rooftop farm https://vimeo.com/ondemand/brooklynfarmer Brooklyn Farmer is a...
Driverless urban futures, carless towns, comapact cities, floodable cities, events for 2016  Download Urban Update 18 December 2016   Driverless urban futures Raquel Leonardo Driverless...
Download Urban Update 4 December 2015   The Metro-town – an alternative to sprawl Event report  - Campaign against urban sprawl in Essex Essex is arguably England’s oldest...
Download Urban Update 26 November 2016 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Human physiology, psychology and place-making Giving urban design a basis in science...
Download Urban Update 6 November 2015   Why people choose to live where they do Urban Demographics – why people live where they do’,  a new report by the Centre for Cities,shows...
Download Urban Update 23 October 2015   National Urban Design Conference Reports    Paul Osborne of LHC Architecture and Urbanism reports on the session  - Creating profit...
Download Urban Update 16 October 2015   Comparing House Builders’ approaches to Urban Design A pilot study to understand its role and value to the industry Major Research report...
Download Urban Update 8 October 2015   Design and Value Design South East Conference explores the links A century ago East Kent was flourishing.  It had had a major tourist industry with...
Download Urban Update 25 September 2015 Project of the Week  Harbourside Regeneration, Torquay Kay Elliott Kay Elliott are developing a proposal for Torquay's waterfront which includes...
Download Urban Update 18 September 2015   The ideal development design guide? 6 Cs workshop produces specification The 6 C’s are six councils  (Derbyshire, Derby City, Leicestershire...
Download Urban Update 11 September 2015 Main Headlines Prospects for Standardising Urban Sustainability?  Research Report crime reduction core to reducing car dependence Poor diet and high...
Download Urban Update 1 September 2015 Main Headlines Dangerous lorries banned from London to protect cyclists Exercise adds 3 – 7 years of life Simple changes will make roads safer – a...
Download Urban Update 21 August 2015   On the importance of making reasonable and rational decisions The news a fortnight ago that an English minister for planning had had his policy on...
Download Urban Update 14 August 2015 Should we design the public realm around children? The summer holidays bring a time where children are free from school, and sometimes left on their own. ...
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Download printable PDF   INTERNATIONAL URBAN DESIGN NEWS Australia Malcolm Snow to head National Capital Authority Mr Snow has won the Australian Award for urban design three times. http://www....
Key results 1.What should be included in the guidance to support the National Planning Policy Framework Answer Options Vital Important Moderately important Not important Objectives...
http://www.communities.gov.uk/multimedia/newsroom/2133945
Seasonally adjusted house building starts in England stood at 24,140 in the March quarter 2012. This is 11 per cent lower than in the December quarter 2011. Completions (seasonally adjusted)...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-17963888 - public disillusioned with poltical leadership - publc focussed on short term issues, rather than long term - public not interested in governance, or...
http://citymayors.com/mayors/perth-mayor-scaffidi.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/apr/26/earth-population-consumption-disasters
The 24 Zones include the Sheffield City Region, Northampton, New Anglia, Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough etc. Local Development Orders are available to local authorities to establish a...
http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningandbuilding/guideprotectedtrees Main changes: http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/2127685.pdf
Neighbourhood Planning Pilots News from Lubenham, Worth, Ripon, and London South Bank http://www.communities.gov.uk/planningandbuilding/planningsystem/neighbo...   Trailling Neighbourhood...
http://www.communities.gov.uk/communities/about/buildingsafercommunities...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-16943729 ...in relation to fraud that is....
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2012/01/9982
2012 consultation on changes to the Building Regulations in England: Section one - Introduction to the consultation package and proposals on Parts A, B, C, K, M and N, Access Statements, security,...
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2012/01/Planning27012012
Mr Pickles was speaking at a conference on markets and town centres, and extolling their virtues. The Love Your Local Market fortnight will be held from 23 June to 8 July http://www.communities.gov....
http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningandbuilding/lettercontractingout
"The Government is freeing-up cities from the control of Whitehall to unlock their potential as engines of growth through a series of 'city deals' from the spring, giving them the powers...
The rules on predetermination have been clarified freeing councillors to express their opinions on issues of local importance without the fear of legal challenge. http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/...
This document explains how the Government is putting civic leaders, residents, local businesses and civil society organisations in the driving seat drive the regeneration of their area, strengthen...
http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/2054393
http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/2057624
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/lib-dems-send-clegg-back-to-drawing-board-on-planning-law-6272823.html
http://www.communities.gov.uk/statements/corporate/2041956
http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/2036698
http://www.communities.gov.uk/newsstories/communities/2039793
http://www.communities.gov.uk/newsstories/communities/2039793
Plain English Guide http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/localismplainenglishupdate http://www.communities.gov.uk/localgovernment/decentralisation/localismbill/
Annual housing supply in England amounted to 121,200 net additional dwellings in 2010-11. This is a 6 per cent decrease on the 128,680 net additional homes supplied in the previous year, and compares...
http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/mayorsconsultation Consultation closes 3 January 2012.
Crime reports / by street http://www.police.uk/   Collisions / by location http://www.crashmap.co.uk/   Listed Buildings / by location http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/   MAGIC...
Here is a collection of thoughts on the NPPF that have been developed by a number urban design pracitioners over recent weeks.  Why not add your thoughts at the discussion box below?...
In 2010-11, 86 per cent of people thought their community was cohesive, agreeing that their local area was a place where people from different backgrounds got on well together. The level was higher...
Daily Telegraph... Key numbers… 740,000 number of empty homes in the UK, a quarter of them in London and the south east http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/hands-off-our-land/8745367/Hands-Off-...
http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/communities/pdf/1973312.pdf
http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/communities/orchardshowto
http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningandbuilding/ldfdatabasereport
http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/1965627.pdf
Eric Pickles is reported in the Telegraph as wishing to encourage the provision of parking in town centres.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/8673891/Parking-fees-will-fall-in-town-centres-...
http://www.communities.gov.uk/planningandbuilding/planningsystem/planningpolicy/planningpolicyframework/ Full Document http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/1951811.pdf...
Scotland's urban areas are now home to increasing numbers of roe deer.  A deer code is under development to help manage the changes - including accident risk, damage to landscaping....
The National Housing Trust (NHT) initiative, led by the Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust, will see developers and local authorities jointly funding the purchase of newly-built homes so...
This is a technical and economic analysis of different options for zero carbon standards for new non-domestic buildings.  http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/1940106....
Covers legislation introduced along with data on the performance of new buildings. http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/1944728.pdf
In response to reforms in the Localism Bill, the Government is revising the regulations which govern the process by which local councils prepare their development plans. This consultation seeks views...
Measures include new stations, smart ticketing - covering buses, parking and cycle hire, car sharing etc. http://www.dft.gov.uk/news/press-releases/dft-press-20110705
MEPs call for a 30km/h speed limit in all residential areas and on single-lane roads without cycle tracks, to help cut the number of children under 14 years old killed on roads by 60% and those...
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/06/01084419/0
Guidance covers key actions to reduce flood risk including: A reduction in the number of people, homes and property at risk of flooding as a result of public funds being invested in actions that...
The financing of infrastructure is currently a key constraint to development and the report explores the potential of development charges to assist this situation http://www.scotland.gov.uk/...
http://www.london.gov.uk/publication/public-life-private-hands
Small Grants Programmes for not for profit organisations http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/our-work/CABE/Design-Review/Grant-/   Design Review Grant http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/our-work/CABE/...
A revised list shows that Parliament has imposed over 1350 duties on local authorities.  http://www.communities.gov.uk/localgovernment/decentralisation/tacklingburdens/reviewstatutoryduties/...
http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/corporate/statistics/planningapplicationsq12011
Change of use issues paper: http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningandbuilding/changeuseissues Press release http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/1930564
http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/housing/righttobuildleaflet
White paper includes proposals to give communities new powers to designate protected green areas as part of local neighbourhood plans (target April 2012) http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/...
Government plans to release enough public land to build as many as 100,000 new, much-needed homes and support as many as 25,000 jobs by 2015. http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/1917726
"Achieving high quality housing 12. Good design is fundamental to the development of high quality new housing, which contributes to the creation of sustainable, mixed communities. 13. Reflecting...
"One thing that has not changed is the importance this Government places on the achievement of well designed homes and high quality places. High quality design has a crucial role to play in...
The closing date for the receipt of applications is 17.00 hrs on Friday 8 July 2011. http://www.communities.gov.uk/planningandbuilding/planningsystem/neighbourhoodplanningvanguards/
Applications are due by 30 June 2011 and partnerships are expected to nominate specific sites offering the best opportunity for growth. http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/...
http://www.communities.gov.uk/speeches/corporate/granddesigns2011
Pilots include: Aldershot Town Centre; Bankside, London; Central Milton Keynes; Liverpool Innovation Park; Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead; Trafford Park, Manchester; South Bank, London, New...
The National Assembly for Wales’s Sustainability Committee has published a report on its Inquiry on Planning in Wales  There are 30 recommendations made to the Assembly, including...
Two thirds of applications are determined within two months, and just over 1/3rd of major applications within four months. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2011/02/01102327 It remains a...
Creating Growth, Cutting Carbon - Making Sustainable Local Transport Happen No viable alternative to the car, need to complement with sustainable transport modes,  and introduce sustainable...
http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/righttobuyconsultation
http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/righttobuyconsultation
http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/regeneration/communityledregeneration
This report provides an update to the 2006 'State of the English Cities' report, which provided a comprehensive analysis of city performance http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/...
Over the last decade, rock avalanches and landslides have become more common in high mountain ranges, apparently coinciding with the increase in exceptionally warm periods. http://www.newscientist....