A draft of the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published in March. This new framework is set to bring a few changes to some aspects of transport planning, urban regeneration and environmental assessment. We’re going to have a look at some of those changes and the effect they may have on our wide-ranging projects with diverse clients. We’ll also highlight where the NPPF remains the same, so that you don’t have to wonder about looming modifications when you’re at the initial stages of transport planning and urban renewal.
At the start of this year we posted a blog on the future of diesel vehicles, which explored the relationship between diesel vehicle emissions and poor air quality. We looked at the chequered history of legislation and guidance relating to diesel emissions and considered possible options for future air quality planning in relation to vehicle emissions.
Accessing data on devices such as mobile phones and tablets has impacted on almost every aspect of our lives. Not surprisingly, the creation and availability of data has become a huge part of environmental, urban and transport planning. Device and mobile data is no longer simply a tool to support the planning process - it is now also part of what drives the planning process in terms of systems and design.
As virtual reality (VR) technology advances and becomes increasingly accessible, it’s inevitable that it will become a greater part of the planning process, both for transport planning and urban design.
Co-living takes many forms, but broadly speaking when we talk about co-living we mean people who share living space but who are not part of the same family. A quick rummage around on the web shows that co-living is often described as a new way of living or a modern re-think of how we can make the most of housing.
The UK’s population is getting older. The latest government figures show that in 2016, 18% of people were aged 65 and over, and 2.4% were aged 85 and over. In 1996 people aged 65 and over made up 15.9% of the population, while in 1976 the figure was 14.2%.
Since being introduced to the capital in 2010, Transport for London’s public hire bikes have become a common sight in the city. There are now around 12,000 bikes in operation, with users picking up and returning the cycles from 750 docking stations throughout London.
The experience economy is a term that was first used in 1998 by authors B. Joseph Pine II and James H Gilmore. It describes an economy, now emerging, in which money is exchanged for experiences. This economic development follows earlier economies: the agrarian economy, industrial economy and the service economy.
When a particular economy-type develops, it follows that it will affect many aspects of daily living which are touched by it. The experience economy is no different. It affects business, shopping, socialising and home-life, all of which impact on urban regeneration, including urban design and community regeneration.