Planning has become increasingly disconnected from peoples’ lives because it no longer deals with many of the issues people care about. We have seen a trend towards deregulation and an increasing emphasis on a market-led approach to decision making across our communities, which fails to take into account the multiple social, economic and environmental challenges facing our cities.
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The word ‘foodbank’ symbolises 2014 for me. A dreadful year that exposed the casual cruelties we impose on the poorest and most vulnerable.
Last week the TCPA published the first of a two stage research project looking at these lessons; New Towns and Garden Cities – Lessons for Tomorrow provides an overview of the garden city and new towns story, and uses the latest data from the new towns themselves – and surveys with local planning officers – to understand the impact of the new town legacy and provide a snapshot of the state of these communities today.
In a fair and socially just society we want to make sure that everyone in Scotland has access to good quality housing that meets their needs. Charitable bonds represent the type of fresh thinking that is helping to increase the supply of affordable homes and support our construction industry.
Further cuts and a public sector the size of that in 1930 are, of course, also going to impact significantly on the power of UK cities to develop their own economies, with an economy run from Westminster for London and the south east. Treasury remains in control of the economic levers, but they are pulling the wrong ones.
This New Year needs to be turning point. A challenge to current orthodoxy and the launch of fairer, values-based politics and economics is my personal New Year wish for us all. More 2014 style misery and humbug? Or a different 2015? People, not elites, must decide.
A new era of housing organisations is coming up from the streets, taking over empty properties and helping re-build communities, as Jon Fitzmaurice explains.
By creating ‘off-the-shelf’ solutions we have inadvertently lost sight of the need for regular time spent with stakeholders to ask the important questions: are we making a difference? Why? How can we achieve more?
London councils are beginning to build again and take back control of housing. But is it enough to stop the capital’s housing crisis spiralling out of control?
Since setting up in 2008, Placeshapers has become a network of more than 100 housing associations driven by the desire to forge an alternative narrative about the role social landlords can play in their localities. Chair Tony Stacey talks to New Start about why we’re sleepwalking into a housing crisis