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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

The Times Have Become Interesting

Just when you thought that politics had become predictable, even a first-past-the-post electoral system manages to throw up a result to surprise everyone. Interesting times indeed. And even though the new Government looks superficially like the old, despite the addition of Democratic Unionist Party ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 12 June 2017

Corridor Vision

One of the oddities of the garden city movement is its obsession with the northern Home Counties and the south-east Midlands. Perhaps this is because the area was the location of its only two garden cities and the first of the new towns they spawned, at Stevenage. Or perhaps it-apos-s because the mo...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 24 May 2017

Come On, Be Regional

One of the things that emerged from our new report on garden towns and villages is just how desperate it has become for the incoming government, whoever that is, to address regional disparities in both local economies and local housing needs. One of the most important things planning does is to try...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 07 May 2017

Garden Towns And Villages - Unwanted, Unnecessary And Unsustainable

The garden towns and villages approved by the Government are supposed to have enormous potential to deliver homes, bring jobs and boost local economies. They are also supposed to enjoy community support. A new report from Smart Growth UK, however, shows just how wide of the mark ministers-apos- ambi...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 02 May 2017

Party Time For Politicians

As you may have noticed from the wall-to-wall politics on your TV or in your newspaper, there are elections pending. It would have been nice, of course, if all this coverage and interest were devoted to the forthcoming local elections, but it took a general election to get people widely engaged. We ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 27 April 2017

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