regulation and governance

Joined up design: strategic guidance across local authority borders and multiple town centres in North Staffordshire

Localism means starting from the place, rather than from administrative boundaries. The new joint Urban Design Guidance for Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council shows how a strategic urban design approach and cross-boundary working help realise the potential for local distinctiveness. By Jane Dann and Katje Stille

Open Source Planning: the government's Green Paper provokes controversy

David Cameron's planning policy is, he claims, 'radical': 'Suddenly, you can see how a system that was controlled by a few can be run by the many,' he said. You can see how it’s possible to get neighbourhoods to come together to solve problems together. So this won’t just help to improve our broken planning system – it will help to build stronger communities and help to mend our broken society too.' But what are the implications?