The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out the government’s policy for local planning practitioners and stakeholders. This includes the way in which local (and neighborhood) plans are developed and applications assessed, and also direction in respect to local policy ambition and requirements for issues such as health, security, climate change, housing etc. Like many … Continue reading “BRE Response to the National Planning Policy Framework Consultation”
Sustainability in New Homes: Guidance for Local Authority stakeholders on carbon reduction, overheating and assuring performance
The end of the financial year saw the launch of the Sustainability in New Homes Playbook – v1 to approximately 180 cross sector delegates including housing developers, consultants and local government representatives. The playbook is the output of a UKGBC collaboration and forms a part of their Core Cities Programme intended to catalyse partnerships and … Continue reading “Sustainability in New Homes: Guidance for Local Authority stakeholders on carbon reduction, overheating and assuring performance”
Planning and regeneration can help create health promoting environments that are good for people and the environment. Over the last year I’ve been working with Southwark Council on an ambitious project to raise the profile of health and wellbeing in the Council’s planning activities, particularly for the regeneration of Old Kent Road. Initially, BRE was … Continue reading “Healthy planning and regeneration innovations”
UKGBC recently released a green paper proposing a key leadership role for cities and local authorities in the support of the delivery of new homes.
A new Briefing Paper funded by the BRE Trust considers the important role that built environment play in crime and disorder. The paper by authors Sharon Monahan and Andrew Gemmell is based on research funded by the BRE Trust as part of its Future Cities Programme, with the findings being used to inform the crime … Continue reading “Briefing Paper – Reducing Crime Hotspots in City Centres”
IHS BRE Press have just released an updated series of BRE Expert Collections. These collections pull together BRE’s extensive range of publications including Digests, Good Building Guides, Good Repair Guides and Information Papers into collections relevant to practitioners today. ‘Designing for daylight, sunlight and shading of buildings’ looks at the wealth of knowledge relating to … Continue reading “Designing for daylight and sunlight, and shading of buildings– what the BRE experts say”