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If design guides are to become a staple of communities, what role can housing play? 
Bournville | Design | design code | Housing | West Midlands

Amid the debate around local design codes prompted by the planning white paper it's worth asking: Is anyone actually doing this already?


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  • Can the permitted development right to convert offices into housing create functioning communities? Here’s what RTPI student research award-winner Jacob George found when he surveyed the sociaL impacts of permitted development in Newcastle upon tyne

  • Planners have an important part to play in conserving the best of the past in our built environment. But even historic buildings must be allowed to remain vital in the present, Chris Miele tells Simon Wicks

    Chris Miele by Peter Searle