The mansard revolution: a little YIMBY victory

Posted Posted in Intensification, infill, and regeneration, Planning, land, and housing policy

Samuel Hughes, argues that we should preserve the new liberty to create mansards that ‘fit in’. Mansard roofs are such a familiar feature of British streetscapes that most people barely notice them. A mansard is a double-pitch roof which creates usable living space over nearly the entire area of the building. They cost somewhat more […]

It’s time for Britain to become a nation of townbuilders

Posted Posted in Planning, land, and housing policy, Sustainable development

Labour has often repeated its ambitions to build a generation of New Towns to deliver 1.5 million new homes. What might have escaped most people’s attention, however, was what these towns might actually be and look like. After all, there is a big difference between successful historic extensions to cities, such as Edinburgh’s New Town […]

Why Coventry’s ring road needs to go on a diet

Posted Posted in Planning, land, and housing policy, Street design, Transport, mobility, walking and cycling

A Coventry public official writes anonymously about the restitched future he would like for his city. I often ask myself, what might have been had Coventry taken a different planning approach after World War II. Where might we be now? How might we reverse some of the twentieth century’s planning decisions? It is a question […]

Creating a slice of Devon near Exeter

Posted Posted in Guest Blog, News

James Armitage talks about the proposals for Sandycote, a development of 44 new houses arranged around a village green.  The project was undertaken in conjunction with Create Streets, for the developer Latis Group.  The scheme has recently received planning permission and attracted much praise from the East Devon Planning Committee. Sandycote – the green We […]

Creating Streets in Lewes: embracing the texture, variety and radical spirit of Lewes to create a new type of neighbourhood

Posted Posted in Case Studies, Guest Blog, News

The Phoenix, a low-car ‘gentle density’ development in East Sussex, presents a radical alternative to most development, but remains rooted in place, writes Human Nature’s Anthony Pearce At the pen of the visiting writer, places are often reduced to their most immediate and famous elements, creating imaginary neatness and homogeneity. In the case of Lewes, […]

Safe Streets Survey

Posted Posted in News

We were recently approached by ADAM Architecture to launch a nationwide survey on street safety. The design of our streets & squares really influences where we choose to walk, cycle or spend time making them busy or empty. The #SafeStreets survey aims to identify streets and places where people do & don’t feel safe across […]

Restiching Dresden: Coventry’s German twin city on the Elbe

Posted Posted in Case Studies, News

Leon Furkert of the Dresden Historical Society tells the story of Dresden’s renaissance At our recent Restitch conference in Coventry, Leon Furkert from the Dresden Historical Society, spoke movingly about ‘how the city was given its heart back’, about the citizen-led and locally popular rebuilding of Dresden’s Frauenkirche and old towns. An ‘optional extra’ during […]