Press archive 2018

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

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

London: Reviewing Design Review

London: Reviewing Design Review

The articles in this issue of the Urban Design Magazine explore some of the shifting models, opportunities, challenges and foci of design review. The topic opens with an article that explores mainstream practices of design review: Matthew Carmona, Wendy Clarke and Valentina Giordano examine the latest research on design review practices in London (the most developed of the new markets for design review). Read the article (pp. 18-20) →

Place Alliance welcomes the revised NPPF

Place Alliance welcomes the revised NPPF

The Place Alliance today welcomed the new strong endorsement in the revised NPPF for the importance of design. The new policy leaves no doubt that design should be taken seriously by local authorities and developers alike, and should be prioritised everywhere. Read more →

Mixed reaction to new NPPF

Mixed reaction to new NPPF

Elizabeth Hopkirk summarises a round-up of tweets and statements from architects and planners. Meanwhile, Place Alliance welcomes the new stronger emphasis on design in the revised NPPF.  Read more →

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

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 →