Professional Standards And Advocacy

The blog by Nigel Pearce yesterday, see below, has created something of a Twitter storm around the issue of just how objective should a planning consultant be when working for a client in support of scheme. Well, it would be easy to say that you never hear of a consultant telling a client their sche...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 18 June 2018

Structural Dishonesty In The Planning System

Underneath the topsoil of local councils and developers in England, and presumably elsewhere in the UK, lies a substratum of consultants, both national and international, who are making a great deal of money out of the planning system. When developers employ consultants to carry out sustainability ...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 17 June 2018

Why Land Squandering Goes On And On And On

One of the great mysteries of planning in this country is why the most densely populated country in Europe goes on squandering its land with the lowest residential density development in Europe. I must apologise to readers outwith England here, as it-apos-s England I-apos-m referring to, though land...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 02 June 2018

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Liverpool terraces spring back to life

Added on 29 July 2016

Work is getting underway on the restoration of Liverpool’s historic Welsh Streets area following their reprieve from central and local government attempts to destroy them under the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder initiative.

Their demolition was eventually halted following a public inquiry in 2014 but hundreds of houses were left derelict and deteriorating.

Last January a developer Place First reached agreement with Liverpool City Council to restore the homes and the first phase will see 35 terraced houses become 25 homes varying in size from one to four bedrooms.

“These are eminently useable terraces and we are confident the pilot scheme will prove a success,” said Mike Fox, deputy director of Save Britain’s Heritage which led the campaign. “We look forward to the refurbishment of the wider Welsh Streets site following on soon after.”

The Pathfinder project was set up by central government in the 2000s with the bizarre objective of increasing house prices in a number of areas of northern England and the Midlands.

At one stage around 400,000 Victorian and Edwardian terraced houses were under threat and some 30,000 were actually destroyed.

The plans envisaged their replacement with lower-density housing or grassing over the sites where they stood, notwithstanding the damage to the communities involved.

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