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

Noise maps and noise policy plans aim to control noise levels in urban areas
Juliana ORourke

The Government has published proposals for a noise management strategy for England as well as new data to help road and rail operators decide on ways to deal with the impact of noise in the larger urban areas near major roads and main line railways. The new Noise Policy Statement for England... continue

16 Mar 2010RUDI News

Government action plan for quality spaces and places, delivered by partnership working, unveiled
Juliana ORourke

The Government has set out its action plan and vision for making homes and neighbourhoods high quality, safe and more sustainable places to live in. Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw and Housing Minister Ian Austin have published the action plan on how the Government intends to work with its partners,... continue

30 Nov 2009RUDI News

Key decision makers for Infrastructure Planning Commission appointed
Juliana ORourke

Key decision makers for the Infrastructure Planning Commission have been appointed. Jan Bessell, Glyn Roberts and Paul Hudson will ensure that the IPC effectively carries out its functions as set out in the Planning Act 2008. They will act as the decision-makers, either singly or sitting on panels... continue

9 Sep 2009RUDI News

Survey of civic activity by local community groups launched
Juliana ORourke

The largest ever survey of civic activity by local community groups has been launched to reveal the influence of the civic society movement in villages, towns and cities across the country and strengthen its future. The survey can be downloaded and completed online   The civic society movement is... continue

25 Aug 2009RUDI News

First wave of eco towns given go-ahead: £60 million in Government support for local infrastructure available
Juliana ORourke

The Government has announced the go-ahead for four eco-towns across England. The masterplans for the four in this 'first wave' of eco towns could be approved next year. The successful bids, which will still have to go through the planning process, were named as Rackheath, Norfolk; Whitehill... continue

17 Jul 2009RUDI News

Heat generated for homes and businesses must be harnessed for community use and not wasted, says ICE
Juliana ORourke

Heat generated for homes and businesses in the UK is going to waste when it could instead be harnessed for future use, according to a new report from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). Why waste heat report Why waste heat research findings The study, based on research conducted by the... continue

5 Jun 2009RUDI News

The measure of 'big art'
olly_spratley

A current major 4-part Channel 4 series The Big Art Project runs untill 31st May, Sundays at 7pm. The ambitious project pre-conceived in 2005 has engaged the public in participatory roles for selecting and commissioning the artists and their work. 7 major sites are documented with the processes... continue

18 May 2009RUDI News

Online urban design learning space launched
Juliana ORourke

Urban Design London (UDL) has launched its new e-Learning website Learning Space Learning Space is an e-resource with up-to-date information, comment and examples on topics relating to all aspects of urban design, from looking at how places are structured and explaining the qualities of well... continue

18 Jan 2009RUDI News

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