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 SAVE THE DATE for  “BIG MEET 10 – Housing Design Quality” on Wednesday 13/11/2019 at  University of LondonThe event  will include the launch of Place Alliance’s latest work: “A Housing Design Audit for England“.


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Find out more about Place Alliance campaigns and our work on place quality issues. For any media enquiry or interview request please email Victoria Howard, Communications Manager at the Bartlett School of Planning.


Place Alliance in the Press

New UK housing ‘dominated by roads’

New UK housing ‘dominated by roads’

A new report from University College London (UCL) says too many highways engineers are still approving roads that do not fully account for pedestrians and cyclists. It follows a government survey suggesting three quarters of people want to drive less to protect our health and the environment.

Its author, Prof Matthew Carmona, told BBC News: “Far too many new developments are still all about the car. “It’s all about making sure cars don’t need to slow down. Pedestrians and cyclists just have to get out of the way. Read more →

Serious design flaws in many housing estates, report claims

Serious design flaws in many housing estates, report claims

Matthew Carmona, a professor at University College London, whose team has surveyed new housing schemes across the country as part of a major forthcoming report, says big developers are producing too many estates with serious design flaws. “At present we are just not meeting the basic requirements for civilised living that we should expect in a country like our own,” he said. Read more →