Scottish Planning and Environmental Law conference is a ‘huge success’
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 07:30:08 +0000
Last week, we welcomed delegates and speakers to the 2018 Scottish Planning and Environmental Law (SPEL) conference in Edinburgh, sponsored by Terra Firma Chambers. Delegates and speakers came from organisations across Scotland to discuss and debate the current state and future opportunities for planning and environmental law in Scotland. Should we just scrap planning altogether? […]
Housing at the push of a button
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 07:30:56 +0000
Sometimes it takes an intractable problem to inspire an inventive solution. Faced with an ageing construction workforce and a shortage of apprentices, the Netherlands has come up with what may prove to be the makings of a housing revolution. Collaborating with the public and private sectors, Eindhoven University of Technology has been working on a […]
Making the planning system more customer-friendly
Mon, 10 Sep 2018 07:30:50 +0000
By Donna Gardiner Local authority planning departments are more often associated with bureaucracy than with delivering good quality customer service. However, as the current reform of the planning system in Scotland puts the need to develop a modern, efficient service in the spotlight, thoughts have turned to how planning authorities can focus on the human […]
Idox congratulates the winners of the RTPI Research Excellence Awards 2018
Wed, 05 Sep 2018 14:24:40 +0000
Quality of placemaking and the role of planning in supporting wellbeing were key themes among the winners of the 2018 Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Research Excellence, which were announced this week. These awards are unique in recognising the best spatial planning research from the RTPI’s accredited planning schools, and highlighting the positive […]
What will councils and community groups do for funding after Brexit?
Mon, 03 Sep 2018 07:30:00 +0000
With a recent study indicating that the majority of local authorities have made no provision for Brexit in their medium-term budgets, there is now a real risk for councils if a ‘no deal’ scenario goes ahead after 29 March 2019. So what does a potential black hole in funding mean for local authorities already beleaguered […]
Build to rent: opening up opportunities for supply in the private rented sector
Wed, 29 Aug 2018 07:30:09 +0000
Anyone with any experience of the private rented sector (PRS) will tell you that it is a complex entity. Disjointed, difficult to regulate and control, but for many, an essential part of the housing market. Despite the many criticisms often levelled at the private rented sector, demand is high – so high that in many areas […]
City trees: green infrastructure to help cities clear the air
Mon, 27 Aug 2018 07:30:47 +0000
This long, hot summer has certainly been one to remember. But while many of us have enjoyed the sunshine, the soaring temperatures have had a critical effect on air quality, particularly in urban areas. In London and some other UK cities, pollution warnings were issued during the July heatwave. The hidden killer Air pollution in […]
Open access is rapidly rising but is it succeeding?
Wed, 22 Aug 2018 08:35:49 +0000
In an increasingly digital world where accessibility is a common goal, it is no surprise that open access (OA) publishing is increasing at a rapid pace. For UK research, there has been particularly notable growth in OA adoption. In 2016, 37% of UK outputs (25% globally) were freely available immediately on publication, up from 20% […]
Science in the city: applying neuroscience to urban design
Mon, 20 Aug 2018 07:30:27 +0000
Cities have long been considered primarily in terms of their buildings and infrastructure.  However, in recent years, a more ‘human-centric’ view has been adopted – focusing on the people who inhabit the city, and how they perceive and respond to the city that surrounds them. Research from a variety of disciplines agree that buildings and […]
Unlocking the potential of smart cities: All-Party Parliamentary Group calls for coherent UK Government strategy
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 07:30:54 +0000
By Steven McGinty “The role of smart cities is not to create a society of automation and alienation, but to bring communities together”. (Iain Stewart MP) In June, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smart Cities published a report outlining the findings of its recent inquiry into how the UK Government can support the expansion […]