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The duty to co-operate and reality of strengthened LEPs and city regions has forced councils to pay particular attention to 'functional' economic boundaries.

The ‘duty to co-operate’ has been criticised as one of the least satisfactory aspects of ... Read more...

As a planning practice, the ability to acquire a true and subtle understanding of place is critical. ‘Open’ and ‘big’ data offers the tantalising prospect of gaining valuable insights into the places where we work. However, large data sets sometimes s... Read more...

The Embankment proposal, Birmingham

Councils are increasingly adopting a ‘developer mind-set,’ setting up ‘wholly owned companies’ and other vehicles to take a leading role in the delivery of housing; in particular housing for rent on land they ow... Read more...

The news that Tower Hamlets’ five ‘Ideas Stores’, the best known of which is the Whitechapel store, are attracting 2m people per year comes as no surprise to anyone who has taken an interest in how libraries have been reinventing themselves in the wak... Read more...

A significant and rising portion of the population of London is living alone. This is a condition by no means unique to the city; it is a trend that can be seen in other cities both Europe and the United States. It is a function of the growth in numbe... Read more...