It’s a problem plaguing rural communities and often exposing the less affluent to economic burdens.
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In all but five local authorities in England and Wales, total retail floorspace shrank – in more than two-thirds of local authorities, floorspace shrank by over 20%.
‘For the last 40 years or so, we have been serving up the same solution. Retail – shopping centres – more retail – more shopping centres. This approach has standardised our centres.’
‘People felt like it was their building and not just a city council project that builds and just expects people to use it.’
It’s exactly the kind of innovative and community-led approach to housing the UK needs if it is ever going to get to grips with its amplifying housing crisis
The CLT proposes to build 800 homes which is almost double the number of homes that the site was originally given planning permission for.
The design of our cities and homes can contribute to isolation, particularly when the number of people who live alone is on the rise.
With local authority budgets slashed to the bone, many are turning to selective licensing as a means of raising the funds to enforce inspections and drive up property standards.
The Crypt are embarking on the biggest project in their history; building purpose-built accommodation for homeless people on the final stage of recovery from alcohol addiction.
‘It’s amazing what happens when you have to look people straight in the eye and realise they are not uncivilised thugs.’