Monthly Archives: August 2013

A Simple High Street Regeneration Project

Compare this old photograph of part of my local town centre with what the same place looks like now I think it is interesting how a row of shop-front awnings in the old photograph gives the parade of shops a … Continue reading

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Good and Poor Housing Design

I have touched on the standards of modern housing design in previous blogs and thought I would say a little bit more. If the pattern book designs of many volume house builders are based on poor pastiches of ‘vernacular’ styles … Continue reading

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Good Housing Design

Just a quicky, and I suspect that it might be just me, but I quite like the design for this extension which I saw at the weekend.  I assume it is from the 1970s – a bit stark but I … Continue reading

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Why we need Urban Regeneration

I have been meaning to write about why we need to have Urban Regeneration policies, programmes and interventions for some time, but have never quite got around to it. I was going to talk about how each place and each … Continue reading

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Pop-Up Beach Hut Shops on Sea-side Pier

Here is a nice example of Seaside Regeneration and Pier restoration. At Herne Bay, Kent, the Pier Trust has set up a set of Beach Huts from which good quality products can be sold. My photographs don’t really do it … Continue reading

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Town Centre First; Out-of-Town development, and dangers of Business Rates Retention

Further to my earlier Blog about The Government’s Town Centre First policy for development, set out in NPPF, not working I have come across an example of how the policy is being used in practice. Maidstone Council has recently granted … Continue reading

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