This is the final report from the Distressed Town Centre Property Taskforce, a cross-sector industry grouping. For the first time, it identifies the major property-related barriers to the vitality and performance of town and city centres. One of the main recommendations is that the government should designate town and city centres as key national infrastructure in order to open up new funding opportunities. Other recommendations include bold and strategic land assembly and greater flexibility in the planning system.
The British Property Federation has launched a website to support the business-led route to neighbourhood planning. While community planning is usually associated with rural parish councils and particularly vocal residents’ groups in housing hotspots, there are several exaples of business-led neighbourhood plans, such as Milton Keynes and the Bankside area in central London. There are likely to be many more if the model is embraced by business improvement districts. The BPF says its neighbourhood planning website provides a comprehensive resource for businesses keen to engage in the neighbourhood planning process and provides a range of business-led case studies for inspiration.
This thesis is founded on the proposition that climate change and sustainable development are inextricably linked with each other and form a “nexus” that should be understood in a pragmatic and holistic way. Accordingly, the climate change “problem” cannot be adequately addressed in “silos” or by traditional output control techniques but instead should be viewed as a multidimensional challenge that calls for transformative change in the world energy sector in light of the wider contexts of sustainability and social equity. This thesis observes that with the emergence of a post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations, the world is at or is fast approaching an inflection point in global development. While efforts to improve the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process are laudable, this thesis argues for a transformative approach to converge international collective action on climate change with the broader frameworks of global sustainable development processes. This thesis makes a proposal for the convergence and integration of the UNFCCC and sustainable development work streams, and suggests that China consider taking a leadership role under the broad aspirational goal of building “eco-civilization”.
The Policy Network Observatory promotes critical debate and reflection on progressive politics. It is centre-left orientated but determinately challenges social democracy. It is pro-European but restlessly questions EU institutions and practices. Recent opinion pieces include: City-led growth: Remedying Britain’s haphazard urban development by Peter Hall and The UK needs to lift its second tier cities by Michael Parkinson.
The international edition of the journal Inside Housing explores the global struggle to provide decent homes. Articles cover housing issues in Brazil, the USA, France, Tanzania, South Korea and Australia.
Savills has published its latest spotlight on the retail warehouse property market in the UK.
This article aims to explain Building Information Modelling (BIM) is laymen’s terms, explaining what it is good for, selection of BIM tools and implementation.
In this programme for EGTV, in association with BNP Paribas Real Estate, agents for London, Birmingham and Edinburgh pitched their locations to a panel of savvy investors, Dragons’ Den style. Could they be convinced to spread their wealth beyond the South East?
The majority of Londoners who live in housing association homes go out to work and make a real contribution to society, according to the first research findings from Real London Lives. The Real London Lives project is designed to give a voice to the ordinary Londoners who live in housing association homes. It combines true stories with a new three-year research study by the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York.
The Transport Research & Innovation Portal (TRIP) provides an overview of research activities at European and national level. The following items have recently been published:
This Thematic Research Summary (TRS) addresses research dealing with impact assessment of transport policies with respect to regional and economic impacts. In the scope of the TRS are research projects financed under the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes (FP6 and FP7), the ESPON programme and studies financed by the European Commission. It tackles research on the evaluation of economic impacts, the evaluation of regional impacts, as well as the development and application of tools to measure regional and economic effects.
This publication provides an overview of EU-funded research and studies in the policy area of financing, pricing and taxation, looking at research projects financed under the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes (FP6 and FP7), and studies financed by DG MOVE. The publication looks at important challenges in the transport sector, such as financing transport infrastructure and innovative transport solutions, pricing measures, internalisation of external costs and smart ticketing.
Contributing to economic growth and development, and to integration and cohesion in Europe, sustainable air transport is a central part of EU transport policy and research. With ever increasing passenger movements and freight volumes, the challenge is to facilitate sustainable growth while reducing environmental impacts and maintaining high levels of safety and security in the air and on the ground.