The rise in youth markets – “transforming town and city centres with the creativity of young people”
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:30:31 +0000
By Heather Cameron As we recently reported, despite being around for centuries, and following a decline during the recession, traditional retail markets have experienced something of a revival in recent years, with a new generation of innovative young traders coming to the fore. Latest figures indicate the sector has a collective turnover of £2.7 billion […]
If more than one in three homeowners are interested in downsizing, why aren’t they making the move?
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:30:56 +0000
  According to Savills estate agents, about 90,000 people over the age of 65 in the UK downsize to smaller homes each year. On the face of it, that’s a substantial number, but it still leaves more than three million houses under-occupied. With an ageing population and a serious housing shortage, government at local and […]
Accelerated development: do Simplified Planning Zones work?
Wed, 09 Aug 2017 07:30:38 +0000
by Donna Gardiner A simplified planning zone (SPZ) is a designated area where the need to apply for planning permission for certain types of development is removed so long as the development complies with a range of pre-specified conditions. Although the SPZ concept has been around since the 1970s, the idea has never really taken […]
Science, technology and innovation: the impact of Brexit
Mon, 07 Aug 2017 09:10:24 +0000
By Steven McGinty There have been many twists and turns in the Brexit story. The latest, has been Theresa’s May’s failed attempt to increase her parliamentary majority and gain a personal mandate for negotiating her own version of Brexit. However, since the UK voted to leave the EU in June 2016, STEM (science, technology, engineering […]
Opt-in, Opt-out? A new system for organ donation in Scotland
Wed, 02 Aug 2017 07:30:51 +0000
Guest blog by Findlay Smith The Scottish Government is in the process of bringing forward legislation to introduce a ‘soft opt-out’ scheme for organ donation. Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell stated that the move will be one step of many in a “long term culture change” regarding organ donation. A ‘soft opt-out’ scheme operates on […]
SPEL Conference 2017 open for bookings
Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:23:01 +0000
We’re pleased to announce that this year’s Scottish Planning and Environmental Law Conference is on Thursday 21 September in Edinburgh, and we already have a great lineup of speakers confirmed. This conference remains the flagship conference in this field, reflecting our commitment to supporting knowledge sharing and excellence within the built environment professions. The last […]
Free school meals or breakfast clubs? Child hunger in England
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:24:44 +0000
by Stacey Dingwall For a lot of us, the removal of the turkey twizzler was the biggest school meals-related political upset of the last decade. However, during the recent election campaign another, more serious, row emerged: over the provision of universal free school meals to English children in Reception through to Year 2. Manifesto proposals […]
It’s a kind of magic: how green infrastructure is changing landscapes and lives
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:30:54 +0000
The greatest change happening to the face of our planet is the rapid growth of urban areas. Every ten years, an area the size of Britain is colonised by urban development, and by 2050 two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. This urban growth is already having a profound impact: while […]
Beyond Brexit? How to assess the UK’s future – a new resource
Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:00:45 +0000
By Steven McGinty Although Brexit negotiations are officially underway, there is no clear vision of how the UK will look once it’s left the European Union.  Politicians – including those within government – appear to be divided on the issue, with Chancellor Philip Hammond’s wish for a softer Brexit seemingly at odds with Brexit Secretary […]
How Finland put housing first
Mon, 17 Jul 2017 07:30:02 +0000
Earlier this year, official figures showed that rough sleeping in England had risen for the sixth successive year. The data showed that 4,134 people slept on the street in 2016, an increase of 16% on the previous year’s figure of 3,569, and more than double the 2010 figure. Many of those enduring long-term homelessness have […]

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