13-Jan-2011The coalition government has set out its stall with the new Decentralisation and the Localism Bill: power to the people.
5-Mar-2010Brian Waters considers the Conservative Party’s green paper on planning, published last week and deciphers what it will mean for architects if the party wins the next general election
Planning for better design The Urban Task Force report calls for serious consideration of design concerns in local planning. But what about ppg3? BY BRIAN WATERS
22-Jul-1999The design agenda seems to be infiltrating planning, and not before time. The Civic Trust, in evidence to the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs select committee, this month urged the government to 'lead by example in its own programmes and, in the practical encouragement to local authorities, to find resources to develop their design and development skills'.
15-Apr-1999Despite the government's latest proposals to speed up planning, the restructuring that is required still seems a long way off