November 23, 2011
- Developers should be free to build across green belt land if less than half of local people lodge an objection, a think-tank says. Policy Exchange said the Government's housing policy failed to do enough to provide homes where people wanted to live - in cities and the suburbs.
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Are more compact, higher density and mixed use urban forms more environmentally sound, more efficient for transport, more economically viable and more socially beneficial?
Following five years of detailed analysis across five UK cities, the CityForm consortium came up with rather surprising insights. Professor Mike Jenks of the CityForm consortium explains its findings
May 24, 2010
- Green policies designed to counter global warming could impose 'enormous costs' on working and middle-class communities in cities such as London, forcing them into a future of restricted job opportunities, cramped housing and fuel poverty, a report has claimed. more >
This report was commissioned by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Commission for the Built Environment (CABE) in order to examine the suburban context and discover what policy and practice solutions could be developed to enable suburbs to respond appropriately to the climate change, social cohesion, affordable housing and sustainable development ambitions laid out by Government.
For the purposes of this scoping study we have focused solely on the English context, but will extrapolate our findings to the wider UK context in subsequent work.
Avoiding a self-fulfilling prophecy that focuses on residential or retail-based development solutions is not simply a challenge for recently planned settlements. The critical problem is the extent to which existing suburbs can adapt for future growth. There is an urgent need for designers, planners and policy makers to recognise how suburbia contains a great variety of distinctive places for living and working.
Creating a ‘sense of place’ in suburban lower to medium density housing developments, where public transport is limited and streets are traditionally dominated by the car, remains a challenge for designers and policymakers. On the site of the former hospital at Harold Wood, Essex, developer Countryside Properties and architect and masterplanner Scott Brownrigg set out to create attractive new neighbourhoods defined by open spaces.
Matthew Carmora, Head of the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL
Matthew Carmora presentation on building codes, at the Building Centre, as part of the: Securing Successful Densification in our Suburbs, UrbanBuzz Showcase Seminar.
Tim Stonor, Managing Director, Space Syntax
Tim Stonor's presentation at the Building Centre, a presentation from the Securing Successful Densification in our Suburbs, an UrbanBuzz Showcase Seminar
Dr Muki Haklay, Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, UCL
The Towards Successful Suburban Centres project, baaed at UCL, is one of several academic projects that are integrating socio-economic data with information about the layout of urban areas, GIS and spatial analysis techniques. These new techniques will support designers and planners by enabling analysis of the factors that have, over time, made suburban town centres successful and vibrant.
May 14, 2008
- The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) is calling for the Garden Cities and Garden Suburbs principles of over a hundred years ago to be applied to new settlements, including eco-towns as well as to urban extensions, to provide the attractive and sustainable environments people want.Says TCPA Chief Executive Gideon Amos: With our roots as the Garden City Association of 1899 the TCPA has b... more >
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