Effective Land Use Many crops are now being grown in greenhouses. Although this provides a controllable growth environment, greenhouses are heavy energy consumers. Vertical farms are a relatively recent adaptation of the traditional greenhouse and are suitable for use in cities, as their tall glass structures provide high crop yields on a small land area.
PIP Applications From Friday 1 June applications for permission in principle (PIP) for small housing developments can be made to local authorities in England. Detailed guidance is available here.
Urban Master Planning In Stephen Cousin’s fascinating interview in BIM+, Nick Edwards, urbanist principal of BDP Architects, explains the latest thinking and how models could evolve in future. Cities worldwide are developing intelligent 3D models to help streamline urban master planning and gauge the impact of new developments and public services. .
Over 33,000 sign up – NaCSBA Research National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) research has found that, since 1st April 2016, over 33,000 people have signed up to Right to Build registers across England to secure a plot to design and build their dream home.
Growing Trend + Practical Benefits NHBC Foundation’s recent report identifies a growing trend towards multigenerational living, and a range of practical benefits that could have wide resonance with the public. It analyses recent evidence on the scale and character of multigenerational households in the UK, and gives detailed insights from those who have experienced this […]
Long Range Travel Goal Aiming to drive the mass adoption of electric vehicles, Germany’s biggest car makers and Ford of the US have formed a joint venture pledging to create the highest-powered charging-station network in Europe. Their goal is to enable long-range travel for battery electric vehicles with up to 400 ultra-fast charging sites at […]
70% ‘Unaffordable’ In its latest Green Belt Under Siege report, CPRE – The Campaign to Protect Rural England – reveals that 70% of houses planned for the Green Belt will be unaffordable to those who need them.
Planning Resources Lacking At the end of 2016, a joint research report from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) found that nearly 90% of local authorities believe that the government’s housing targets will be impossible to meet due to a lack of planning resources.
2017 will be Hugely Significant Two major announcements:- – a swathe of new brownfield starter homes. – £7Bn funds for a “dramatic expansion” for affordable housing. Local authorities and housing associations are, no doubt, hard at work on a fresh set of applications.
Platforms Above Car Parks ZEDpod claims to be a prefabricated, super energy-efficient micro-home that can sit on an elevated platform above car parks at big retail outlets, hospitals or municipal offices.
What is an “Agrihood” It’s an alternative neighbourhood growth model, positioning agriculture as the centrepiece of a mixed-use development. There are some ‘agrihoods’ around the USA, but in rural areas. This is the first within a city.