Blackburn named best high street in Britain
Mark Moran

Blackburn in Lancashire has won the top prize at the annual Great British High Street Awards. The competition, now in its third year, attracted over 900 entries from villages, market towns and larger towns across the UK. The competition recognises work done to promote city locations, town centres, large market towns, small market towns, coastal communities, villages as well as local centres. The winners are selected by a jury, who visited 42 shortlisted locations. There is also one public vote, which saw Hebden Bridge named the ‘People’s Choice’.  Winners in each category get a share of a prize pot worth £100,000. The competition is run by the Future High Street Forum, a not-for-profit body that brings tog... continue

13 Dec 2016RUDI News

Transport and urban professionals can help to put 'health in all polices', says PHE

In England today, we are facing some wicked health challenges, says Public Health England (PHE). In its latest report, Implementing Health in All Policies at a local level, it outlines how these issues – many of which are exacerbated by poor mobility and poor living options – can be... continue

18 Oct 2016RUDI News

MPs say health should be a ‘material consideration’ for planning proposals

MPs have urged ministers to stipulate that health should be a material consideration in both planning and licensing law. A new report from the Commons Health Committee says: ‘It is crucial that health considerations are taken into account in all areas of local government policy.... continue

15 Sep 2016RUDI News
Planning policy not main problem behind poor housing delivery, developers are

Planning policy not main problem behind poor housing delivery, developers are

A new briefing note from Civitas (a community of researchers and supporters committed to discovering how best to strengthen democracy, uphold limited government and maintain personal freedom) seeks to explain why planning policy is not, in fact, the main problem in delivering new housing today. The prime... continue

15 Sep 2016RUDI News

UCL’s national movement for high quality in place design wins national research award

A national movement campaigning for high quality places brought together by University College London has won the Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement in this year’s RTPI Awards for Research Excellence. Place Alliance brings together built environment sector organisations with an... continue

15 Sep 2016RUDI News
Linking local policy to global goals: app to help local authorities deliver new Sustainable Development Goals

Linking local policy to global goals: app to help local authorities deliver new Sustainable Development Goals

A new free app has been released that helps local government to understand how each one of the UN’s new 17 Sustainable Development Goals is directly related to the daily work of local and regional governments. It has been developed by United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), which represents and defends the interests of local governments on the world stage, regardless of the size of the communities they serve.... continue

14 Jun 2016RUDI News

Join us on the road to the New Urban Agenda, 2016

Habitat III is shorthand for a major global summit held every 10 years, and formally known as the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. This year it will be held in Quito, Ecuador, on 17-20 October 2016.  The preparatory process along the road to Quito has... continue

23 May 2016RUDI News

London could be as dense as Bangkok, Osaka and Rio de Janiero by 2041, says report

London is projected to grow by a million over the coming ten years and a further 500,000 in the decade after that. Between 49,000 and 62,000 homes a year are needed – but there is currently only space for 42,000 homes to be built annually. The London Assembly Planning Committee has warned... continue

5 Feb 2016RUDI News

Online toolkit to help make accessible housing 'a national priority' by considering wider factors than developer profit

Habinteg and the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) have launched an innovative online toolkit to help make accessible housing a national priority. This interactive resource - Towards Accessible Housing - a toolkit for planning policy - was launched in response to the... continue

16 Dec 2015RUDI News

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