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Reports Of The Death Of Dr Beeching Have Been Exaggerated

Headlines about the new national strategic vision for rail concentrated on an alleged Government plan to reverse Beeching, which must have been a relief to ministers given that the document looks like making our dysfunctional franchising system even worse and more expensive to the taxpayer. Reversin...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 07 December 2017

Be Careful What You Wish For

There has been much understandable relief that chancellor Philip Hammond ignored calls from flaky think-tanks for wholesale releases of land in green belts for housing. But his Budget was very far from good news in many other ways. There were a few good things in it on the brownfield housing front a...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 24 November 2017

Predict And Arrive

I was recently challenged to produce a plan for building five million homes in over the next 50 years. My initial reaction was to react like the apocryphal bloke in deepest rural Ireland who, asked by a passing motorist the way to Limerick, replied that if he were going to Limerick, he wouldn-apos-t...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 20 November 2017

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Smart Growth America warning on tax cuts

Added on 05 December 2017

Smart Growth America has warned that the Senate&primes agreement to a revised US tax code will leave a 100 billion dollar hole in the country&rsquos public finances over the next decade and it will have to decide between ballooning deficits and cuts to housing, transport and community development.

SGA chief executive Geoff Anderson said the move threatens to make rural places, towns and cities of all sizes less competitive and less resilient in today&primes challenging economy. His organisation has long campaigned for reform of the code to remove incentives for urban sprawl but he said the Senate move is a massive wasted opportunity.

&PrimeWhen this tax package triggers 10 straight years of 100 billion dollar deficits you can bet that the programs that local communities depend upon most for their continued success will bear the brunt of those cuts,&Prime said Mr Anderson. &PrimeThey will be the ones picking up the tab for this monumental addition to the national debt.&Prime

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