The Place Alliance has covered much ground in promoting exchange between people across the country who are working in groups on Place Quality initiatives. In this section you will find Place Alliance published reports, press releases and Annual Reviews.

You can also browse our Open Source Place Resource, a record of reports, case studies and guides for you to download and where you can also add and recommend a new listing.

This page is currently being update and more resources will be added soon.
02/11/2016 – Place Alliance December Newsletter
08/09/2016 – Place Alliance wins the RTPI Awards for Research Excellence
19.10.16 Place Alliance – Annual Review 2016
29/06/2016 – THE PLANNER: “In search of harmony: An interview with Matthew Carmona”

From protecting public rights in private spaces to ensuring ‘permission in principle’ preserves local character, Matthew Carmona is determined to reconcile public interest and private gain in well-designed places and spaces, finds David Blackman.

16.05.16 Key built environment organisations tell Greg Clark the ‘stand out’ recommendations from “building better places”
11.04.16 Place making through Permission in Principle: co-ordinating code

Given that Permission in Principle will soon be on the statute books, and despite continuing reservations by many, Place Alliance has sought to pragmatically investigate how the new provisions might be used positively to achieve both the Government’s aim of greater certainly in the planning process, whilst still enabling the proper consideration of design and other qualitative concerns through the planning system.

The proposed solution is the use of ‘coordinating codes’ alongside the grant of Permission in Principle.  This is explained alongside the worked example above prepared jointly with Studio REAL.  We soon hope to be in a position to trial and refine the method.


19.02.16 Building Better Places – We need to aim higher

Today the House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment released their report Building Better Places. Read Prof Matthew Carmona, Chair of Place Alliance and Specialist Advisor to the Select Committee comments here.


02.02.16 “The end of planning applications”

The Housing and Planning Bill introduces a new way of giving planning Permission in Principle (PiP) for brownfield housing schemes. The Place Alliance has been asking how PiP will work, and in particularly how good design and quality homes can be delivered under the system.

PA and UDL ran a workshop in January to explore ways of ensuring that design and place quality are properly addressed under PiP.

27.10.15 Place Alliance – Annual Review 2015


06.10.15 Place Alliance submits written evidence to The National Policy for the Built Environment Committee.
Download the official form and the supporting documents:
  1. House of Lords: Select Committee on “The development and implementation of national policy for the built environment”Evidence from the Place Alliance
  2. Exemplar local work from Place Alliance Supporters, October 2015
  3. Healthy Places Manifesto_Draft, October 2015