Press archive 2018

New London Plan: Four key changes you need to know about

A schedule of ‘early suggested changes’ to the new London Plan was issued by the Greater London Authority earlier this month, ahead of a formal public examination expected to start in January. Here are four of the key changes proposed, with reaction from commentators. Read more

Place value: place quality and its impact on health, social, economic and environmental outcomes

This paper explores the link between the quality of the built environment and its value, in health, social, economic and environmental  terms. This is theorized as  ‘place value’  which, alongside ‘place quality’, is conceptualized as existing within a virtuous loop in which quality dictates value and value defines quality. The work  confirmed a range of definitive associations between the quality of place and its place derived value. Read more →

Design and the NPPF – re-writing the rules?

Matthew Carmona discusses in his blog the draft of the English National Planning Policy framework (NPPF) that was launched on the 5th March 2018. He argues that NPPF’s paragraphs on design remained largely intact.  Since the early 1990s, Matthew has been writing pieces on the various incarnations of national design policy (currently contained in the NPPF), and in that time, very little has really changed.  So what’s the evidence this time around? Read the full article here →