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There Is A Cure For The Summertime Blues

It could be something of a relief to hear that the Government has decided not to rush into announcing changes on assessing local housing need in England. Just four weeks ago, communities secretary Sajid Javid said the plans would be announced in July. Then, after some daft ideas were floated in symp...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 03 August 2017

Petrolheads And Other Bright Sparks

It really took no time at all for the wheels to come off the Government plan to reduce roadside nitrogen dioxide in a mere 23 years time. The plan to end sales of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040 certainly grabbed the headlines. It could mean, 40 years from now, there wou...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 28 July 2017

A Name Or A Retraction

Politics is a funny business, but somehow I cannot see young people singing Oh Sajid Javid at the tops of their voices the way some have begun serenading the Labour leader. But a Sunday newspaper is claiming the communities secretary is a convert to those wanting to bash the rich and ensure homes ar...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 17 July 2017

Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes

For quite a long time now, more than a century actually, garden cities and their spin-offs have been regarded as the acme of good planning. Regarded, that is, by the garden city movement itself. Sadly, thanks to its laudable role in the creation of the planning profession, the movement has been able...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 12 July 2017

Key Infrastructure Challenges

National Infrastructure Commission chairman Lord Adonis has been setting out his 12 immediate infrastructure priorities on which ministers, he instructs, must make rapid progress, whatever the current political realities. What a bizarrely mixed list he proposes. His Commission, it may be remembered,...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 28 June 2017

The Right Homes In The Right Places

Six days of debate were promised on the Government programme set out in the Queens Speech and, out of a sense of duty, I read through the discussions of housing and social care on 22 June. I hope I saved you the trouble, because little of it was very edifying. Despite a background of near-zero socia...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 23 June 2017

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