Private companies should release results of cladding tests, says LGA chair Lord Porter

Private companies should release results of cladding tests, says LGA chair Lord Porter
Mark Moran

The Local Government Association (LGA) calling on the government to launch an urgent review of building regulations in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 80 people. The LGA believes there is a need to act now rather than wait for the outcomes... continue

19 Jul 2017RUDI News
New funding for estate regeneration

New funding for estate regeneration

A new government strategy and additional funding will breathe new life into rundown estates Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has... continue

15 Dec 2016RUDI News
Densification of large estates could add up to 160,000 homes across London over 20 years

Densification of large estates could add up to 160,000 homes across London over 20 years

The latest report from the Centre for London seeks to understand the potential for estate densification by analysing the density of London’s existing estates, their capacity for densification and the factors affecting the viability of estate densification projects. With the Mayor and central government opposed to building on the green belt and... continue

5 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
Neighbourhood Planning Bill: a simpler system but no mention of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC)

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: a simpler system but no mention of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC)

Measures in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill will support more housebuilding and provide more local say over developments the Housing and Planning Minister announced earlier this month, September 2016. However, in a surprise move by government the Bill made no reference to infrastructure provisions or the role of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), notes Chris Hallam, Partner at law firm Nabarro. “Changes to the... continue

15 Sep 2016RUDI News

Renewal of the suburbs needs a suburban task force, says report

It is 17 years since the Urban Task Force led by Lord Rogers reported its findings in Towards an Urban Renaissance. The highly influential report set the tone and agenda for the regeneration and revitalisation of many of our city centres.  Now a new report from the Smith Institute, Towards an... continue

19 Aug 2016RUDI News

Better integration of planning activity with infrastructure provision called for

Strategic leadership from local authority planners to spur public sector-led development is urgently needed when private developers are vulnerable from post-Brexit uncertainty, yet 73% % of planners in England feel changes to the planning system have reduced their ability to deliver, the RTPI has... continue

16 Aug 2016RUDI News

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