Still the best bet for Sandfields

I haven’t blogged for some time about UK Regeneration. But that doesn’t mean that we’ve been idle. Oh no! At the end of May I left Her Majesty’s Government  (after my exciting year at the Cabinet Office and then my three months at UK Trade and Investment, being EVER so important) and I have been […]

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MoD scheme gives tenants a fighting chance

“Generation Rent” becomes further enshrined as a way of life, as the Ministry of Defence launches a scheme that allows defence personnel to apply for a loan to meet the cost of a deposit for a rental property. In recognition that moving home within the private rented sector is very competitive and can be expensive, […]

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Digby’s a prize catch all right

My wonderful photo today shows Digby Flower, the new UK chairman of the newly combined DTZ and Cushman & Wakefield conglomerate, displaying just one of the results of his recent fishing expedition.  Proving that at least one of the head honchos of the new “big beast” global real estate company can do more than fish for […]

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NHS trust with a possible housing cure

As our new government grapples with the challenges facing the housing market (no, I don’t have any answers), understandably there is renewed pressure to release more public land. Having been in and around this debate for more years than I care to mention, and having been wrestling with it in Whitehall over the past year, […]

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Minister’s decisive start in the bid to hype up our high streets

As we freewheel into parliamentary recess, and the fogs begin to clear on my role in the new administration (more of this when it is settled, I promise), I find I am truly very impressed indeed by the decisive start that Marcus Jones, the new minister for the high street, has made with his portfolio […]

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Devolution: Cornwall is the cream of the crop

The eagle eyed among you will have most diverted by the inclusion in the Budget last week of “an historic devolution deal” which has been done with… Cornwall. And when you think about it, it is big news indeed. This is the first devolution deal to be done with a county. And with the most […]

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An army of builders in waiting

For years I have been a promoter of the potential in the huge latent capacity in the nation’s retiring service personnel to boost the ranks of the construction industry. And this has become ever more topical. We have a major problem looming, and it is yet another contributory factor to the challenge of meeting housing […]

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Looking back on winning BIDs

Last week, bravely on the day of the tube strike, the indefatigable Pat Brown, who seriously must by now be the Patron Saint of Liveable Cities (and just WHERE is her gong, I demand to know?) hosted the most charming dinner at the Royal Academy, all generously sponsored by Alistair Subba Row of Farebrother. It […]

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Dr Clark’s muscular advocacy

I was a bit concerned that following my appearance at the MJ Growth Agenda conference (see blog 25 June) I was quoted on Twitter as declaiming to the assorted local government types present “Seize power.  Stop asking permission”. Not, I hasten to add, that this is a new mantra for me, but on this occasion […]

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Let’s give planners some credit

This is a blog to give you a bit of respite from Sir Howard Davies and airports, and the rapid and wholly unhelpful hardening of the battle-lines… Although, you might say, it is related… Those of you who are regular readers of this blog will acknowledge that I have never been one for bashing planners. […]

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