Mark’s Gate is a 1960s housing estate near Romford on the edge of greenbelt and isolated from Chadwell Heath and Romford town centre by the A12 Eastway. It has a vibrant mixed community with a shopping parade, community facilities and schools at its centre. The parish church is looking to redevelop their site and offer . . . → Read More: Mark’s Gate regeneration
A feasibility study looks at whether Cornwall can accommdate more eco-development. . . . → Read More: New Cornwall eco-development?
Any project I am doing now is being looked at by communities in the light of the potential effects of the Localism Bill. Whilst this isn’t law yet, the intention to provide ‘us’ with greater say on development is a whole planning conundrum as it affects balances of power (not just between developers and communities, . . . → Read More: Localism and masterplanning rural settlements
Jan Gehl’s blog on Neighbourhood is a useful reminder of the effects of fractured urbanism caused by road infrastructure that causes car dependency with the resulting breakdown in community as well as health issues. The cause and effects are so blatant, yet it is still so difficult (for road safety reasons) to build new developemnt that accesses directly . . . → Read More: Neighbourhoods