Beautiful, popular, healthy and sustainable new places should be the natural result of working within the system, not the consequence of working against it.
We should be converting more shops. It is not just a question of creating homes. Our town centres desperately need an economic vaccine.
Lockdown has also helped re-forge bonds of neighbourliness, and reminded us of what matters in our homes, streets, neighbourhoods.
It accepts that the beauty and liveability of the new settlements we create matters. Far too few new places achieve this.
We can make our village, town, and city centres better places than they were before the crisis: more humane, more beautiful, and more liveable.
It’s easier, faster and cheaper for restaurants, bars and shops to make use of the pavement.
The co-Chair of the Government’s Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission wraps up our mini-series on housing.
Yesterday’s announcement of Government’s design guidance is a very welcome step in the right direction.
We should move from a planning permission-led system to a building permit-led system. Design rules should be strict, clear, but limited.
The second piece in our mini-series on housing argues that the planning system needs a far greater focus on buildings that people like.
Increasing housing supply is not just about the Green Belt but better aligning what we build with the places people most desire.
Councils in towns and cities have often been obstructive.
Greg Clark’s decision on the Swiss Cottage Tower highlights the design disconnect and its impact on the popularity of what we build.
Councillors need not be passive as planning officers push through ugly developments.
Back then, hundreds of houses and streets made way for tower blocks. We should be wary of returning to that policy.