• Labour set to build like it’s 1945

    28 May 2024

    As the General Election race kicks into gear, Labour hopes its new towns policy will prove the solution to Britain’s housing crisis. Paul Marinko analyses local government’s hopes and concerns with the party’s plan.

  • High Court dismisses Bibby Stockholm legal challenge

    23 May 2024

    The High Court has dismissed a legal case challenging the Government’s controversial use of the Bibby Stockholm barge to house asylum seekers off the coast.

  • Truths and consequences behind LURA

    21 May 2024

    The Levelling Up and Regeneration Act finally made it into the statute book, but a raft of big ticket items have yet to be implemented. Will it survive a Starmer Government? Martin Ford reports.

  • A difference in planning

    15 May 2024

    Everyone in local government knows the importance of planning.

  • MJ Regen: Is planning reform the key to unlocking growth?

    14 May 2024

    The Cinderella planning service is suddenly in the spotlight. Can a sprinkling of fairy dust – and some serious reform – be the key to unlocking growth in the next Parliament? Anthony Breach explains.

  • MJ Regen: How to grow when the cash runs out

    14 May 2024

    With the current state of council finances, we need to look again at the role of local authorities in economic development, focusing on convening and collaborating rather than delivering growth, says Dr Simon Kaye.

  • Regeneration must get on its bike

    07 May 2024

    Jonathan Werran sets out what is needed during the next political cycle if regeneration is to be successful, including a return to regional spatial planning.

  • Clocking in for communities

    07 May 2024

    David Ramsay looks at the ambitions behind 15-minute neighbourhoods and how to overcome the challenges of creating them, including trying to sort out stakeholder objections early on.

  • Councils spend £45m on planning appeal advice

    03 May 2024

    Councils spent £45m over the past three years on external legal advice relating to planning appeals, according to Freedom of Information Act requests.

  • Bristol officers accused of 'misleading' over development

    26 April 2024

    Officers at Bristol City Council have been accused of providing ‘misleading’ advice linked to a decision to approve a controversial 28-storey development.

  • High Court challenge against Government energy standards

    22 April 2024

    A legal challenge against Government restrictions on energy efficiency standards is to proceed to the High Court.

  • Asylum seekers moved from RAF Wethersfield due to incomplete safety checks

    18 April 2024

    The Home Office has moved 70 people away from an asylum accommodation site after it failed to complete necessary safety checks on time.

  • Making strategic spatial planning successful

    11 April 2024

    In Localis’s new essay collection, Catriona Riddell looks at developing agreement on housing supply: aligning community engagement and strategic spatial planning.

  • Agency will need to work with councils

    10 April 2024

    Homes England chief executive Peter Denton has vowed to refocus efforts on delivering new housing in a market that desperately needs it, says Heather Jameson.

  • Building consent

    08 April 2024

    As Localis publishes an essay collection looking at how homes and developments may be built in harmony with existing communities, Jonathan Werran considers the history of housing and planning.

  • Modern measures

    03 April 2024

    The law of the tabloid lexicon dictates that units of area, width and height must be measured using everyday reference points.

  • Wakefield’s in-between spaces

    26 March 2024

    Wakefield’s Urban Greening Strategy sets out an ambition to transform the city centre by reconsidering the approach to using space between buildings. Mark Lynam explains.

  • Asylum centre site could host prison

    25 March 2024

    Braintree DC has warned it faces intervention from a second Government department when the Home Office ends its controversial use of a former airfield as an asylum centre.

  • Call for reintroduction of housing targets

    22 March 2024

    A cross-party coalition representing 27 mid-sized regional British cities has called for the next Government to reintroduce local housebuilding targets.

  • Future Forum: Call for 'wholesale' return to council housing

    21 March 2024

    The only thing that will solve Britain’s housing crisis will be a ‘wholesale return to council housing,’ according to the chair of UK Innovation Corridor, Jackie Sadek.