Author Archives: stevenboxall

Viability tests; affordable and social housing. No need for viability tests – just refuse planning consent.

  For quite a while it has become common for developers to say to Local Planning Authorities that they cannot afford to deliver the number of affordable homes that the local planning policy says are required. Too often the local … Continue reading

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Smart Cities – what problems are we trying to solve?

Many people are getting excited about Smart Cities and the Smart City Movement. Just over a week ago The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, outlined during London Tech Week his ambitions to make London the world’s leading ‘smart city’. From … Continue reading

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Skills Shortages: has the UK construction industry been let down by its leaders and professional institutions?

Over the last month or so I keep seeing reports from various organisations which talk about the immediate and future shortage of skilled labour in the UK’s construction sector. I am not going to summarise the various reports but will … Continue reading

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Building Legibility and Bad Urban Design

On a visit to Edinburgh I saw what I think are good examples of poor and good urban design. On an evening walk around Leith (a short distance from central Edinburgh) I saw this building Upon seeing it I asked, … Continue reading

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National Economy Slows Down and Local Economies

Originally posted on Regeneration X Blog:
We can do some things to help local economies grow and improve, and we ought to be doing these things. But at the end of the day, the success or otherwise of these local…

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Don’t ignore areas of decline – make them better through parks

Hoensbrook, in the Netherlands, is a place which has experienced population decline. Over the last 20 years it has lost over 8,000 residents and this has resulted in redundant buildings becoming vacant and empty. Some of these empty buildings have … Continue reading

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Solving the UK Housing Crisis – it’s Simple but not Simplistic

Solving the Housing Crisis Whilst we are waiting for the Government’s Housing White Paper to be published I thought I would repeat, with a bit of an update, what I said over 2 years ago and have repeated in other … Continue reading

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