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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

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New Bill will limit council powers to impose conditions

The Neighbourhood Planning Bill will require councils to seek developers consent to pre-commencement conditions....

Added on 09 September 2016

Racing carries substantial weight at Newmarket

Sajid Javid has turned down three major greenfield housing schemes in the East of England, but has approved one in David Camerons constituency....

Added on 07 September 2016

UK should still respect European green laws

Ten European environmental bodies have told leaders the UK must respect present and future EU green laws if it wants access to the single market....

Added on 02 September 2016

MPs voice transport sustainability concerns

A select committee of MPs has told the DfT to pay more attention to sustainability and emissions....

Added on 01 September 2016

Changes to Planning Framework Delayed

The reforms will not now be announced until the autumn....

Added on 29 July 2016

Metro expansion for North East proposed

Councils in North East England have published rail extension plans...

Added on 29 July 2016

Chicago pays millions for land remediation

The City is to spend heavily on remediation in seven industrial areas...

Added on 29 July 2016

Liverpool terraces spring back to life

Refurbishment of the long-threatened Welsh Streets begins soon...

Added on 29 July 2016