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  • Summed up in nine words

    At least half of what anyone needs to know about highway risk.

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  • Starting to plan in one easy step

    'I never knew we had rivers,' he said.

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  • Future planning: is there another sort?

    Considering proposals on a case-by-case basis is not planning

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  • Stuffing their mouths with gold

    • 17th October 2011
    • By Rob Cowan
    • 2

    From housing and local government minister Grant Shapps’ call for the building of garden cities to Tim Leunig's proposal to capture betterment through land auctions.

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  • Garden cities of... tomorrow?

    • 27th September 2011
    • By Rob Cowan
    • 2

    Just when you thought that the government hated planning, up jumps housing and local government minister Grant Shapps to call for the building of garden cities.

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  • Planning isn’t brain surgery

    • 26th September 2011
    • By Rob Cowan
    • 1

    Furore in the planning profession about the Lib Dem communities minister Andrew Stunell’s declaration that ‘planning isn’t brain surgery’. How dare he?

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  • Eco-town blues

    • 23rd September 2011
    • By Rob Cowan
    • 1

    Remember eco-towns? With due fanfare Gordon Brown announced a programme of building them in 2007 in the early days of his premiership as a Big Idea, and forgot it, probably, two minutes after he had left the press conference.

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  • NIMBYs, Barbour-jacketed leftists and us

    Exciting times: the planning system may be in for a few years of utter confusion before sanity prevails.

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  • Friends of enterprise

    The government's announcement of a new programme of enterprise zones reminds me of Matthew Carmona's comments (in his 2009 article 'The Isle of Dogs: four development waves, five planning models, twelve plans, thirty-five years, and a renaissance... of sorts', Progress in Planning 71, Elsevier, London) on the Isle of Dogs Enterprise Zone, home to Canary Wharf.

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  • Using Qualityreviewer with Building for Life

    • 8th April 2011
    • By Rob Cowan
    • 1

    Urban Design Skills has had a great response from local authorities interested in using Qualityreviewer. One question that has arisen is from a few planners have said that they use Building for Life in assessing design quality, and wonder why Qualityreviewer might help them.

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