Monthly Archives: June 2013

Local Authorities still not planning properly for High Street and Town Centre retail

Local Authorities are not planning properly nor proactively for future retail development. The Government’s Town Centre First policy, which is very clearly set out in the National Planning Policy Framework, is not being applied consistently or strongly enough by local … Continue reading

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New Garden Bridge in London – Do we need it? Should we make the tourists walk?

I have just read that Transport for London (TfL) has just ‘backed’ proposals for a new pedestrian bridge across the River Thames in London, ‘to link Covent Garden to The South Bank’. My immediate thoughts upon reading this were ‘what … Continue reading

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Will todays big retailers be replaced by a new-wave?

Some of the UK’s big retail chains have been around for a long time, and I am wondering if some of them are over-mature and have lost touch with their markets. This, and the current recession, could leave or create … Continue reading

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Has London got too Big?

According to the OECD, the relationship between income and population size becomes negative at around 6-7 million people suggesting dis-economies of agglomeration due to congestion and other related costs (OECD Territorial Reviews: Competitive Cities in the Global Economy, Paris 2006). … Continue reading

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Are Charity Shops Really a Problem

Why are charity shops in town centres and high streets thought to be a problem?  ‘We’ complain about clone-towns where the shops and their contents are the same as in every other town – yet surely charity shops, where the … Continue reading

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Better Quality Design

Picking up on a previous post of the quality of residential design I just wanted to ask why does it seem impossible for many housing developers to come up with something which looks as good as these?: I am not … Continue reading

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Tactical Urbanism (or what plants and pop-ups can do).

I thought I would just share a couple of things which I saw at the weekend. The first is a nice bit of planting in a urban setting. Nothing large scale or complicated but something which makes a windswept space … Continue reading

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