Is brownfield alone enough to solve the housing crisis?

This week our Associate Director in Chelmsford, Richard Parry, responded to an article in City Metric on whether brownfield land could offer a solution to the housing crisis. While not disagreeing with its author John Elledge, Richard offered some pertinent observations. The letter was published today and you can read it here…

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The Affordable Address: Marvin Rees’ ‘State of the City’ 2018

In the run up to American mid-terms in November you would be forgiven for thinking that a ‘State of the City’ address would be more at home across the Atlantic as a catchy stump speech for Congressional and Senate hopefuls alike. However, much closer to home, this week Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees delivered his annual ‘State of the City’ address…

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Sex sells and the Lib Dems know it

Worthy and detailed motions were debated on taxation (scrapping business rates), housing policy (the creation of a British sovereign bank) and the redistribution of wealth (big increases in inheritance tax), and yet the tumble weed rolled past the front doors of the conference centre and the lack of much security made the point rather than making the delegates feel secure.

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New campaign to get Bristol homes built

A new campaign for more housing in the Bristol region - Bristol YIMBY - is launching this month. Our aim is to help solve Bristol’s housing crisis by giving those that welcome new homes a voice in the planning process. We’re really happy to get behind the campaign and encourage other YIMBYs to get involved. If you’re not sure what a YIMBY is read on.

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The YIMBYJess Pickett
Afternoons in utopia

What do you think of when you think of a New Town? A concrete jungle? A slightly chaotic but brave new refuge from bomb sites? A candy-coloured Scandified utopia that gradually fades to grey? From post-war planning to present-day garden villages, new towns are having something of a resurgence.

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Bringing social psychology to community engagement

The different way introverts and extroverts engage with the world is a much discussed subject and MPC use our understanding of those differences to ensure everyone’s voice gets heard.  We have a wide range of techniques in our engagement toolkit including pop-up exhibitions, door-knocking, interactive websites, and structured invitation-only workshops.  It is the latter of these which is particularly effective in drawing out the views of introverts - adding a useful balance to a debate often dominated by the extrovert voice (whether pro or anti the proposed development). 

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Diversity drives workplace results

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations conducted a study that found that public relations remains dominated by white, predominantly middle-class professionals, accounting for 90% of respondents. Black, African, Caribbean and Black British professionals accounted for just 2% of responses, with Asian respondents accounting for the same tiny proportion.

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