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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Real hope for the high street

Are the fortunes of UK high streets finally on the turn? Certainly our new minister for high streets, Marcus Jones (yes, he of “the Nuneaton Moment” fame) seems to have made an impressive and energetic start. I am greatly encouraged by the business-like approach that is being taken. Finally we seem to be waking up […]

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Savvy authorities seek new investors

The Municipal Journal held a rather luminous event in Westminster on Tuesday discussing how local authorities can expand their business base.  The subject of boosting local economies, and creating jobs (together with delivering homes), is increasingly at the top of every local authority’s list of priorities.  It is a hard fact of life that the […]

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Can you help Sydney’s regen agenda?

I was fortunate enough to be invited by Urban Growth NSW to speak at The Bays Precinct international summit last November (see blog 27 November 2014 – and my apologies that I wasn’t able to give this great event more coverage at the time).  In a mission to unashamedly ransack the entire world for best […]

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Practical solutions to the housing crisis

It couldn’t have escaped anyone’s attention, particularly during the election, that we have a housing crisis in the UK.  Each and every party went rushing to make more promises on housing than the next.  I would fervently hope, now that the dust is settling, that we can finally develop a serious and grown up strategy […]

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Positive points for the powerhouse

It was the Coventry and Warwickshire Showcase at the Warwick Business School London base at the Shard, SE1, last night. And it was a sell-out. The Coventry and Warwickshire LEP, and the entire team behind it, are to be congratulated on a most inspired inward investment event in a most inspired venue. Just prior to […]

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The skills gap is nothing new

A recurring theme in all the recent debates about the housing crisis is the seriously worrying construction skills gap, nay chasm, that is opening up before our very eyes. The ever brilliant Michael Auger of Muse raised it as one of the biggest challenges facing the industry at the recent Estates Gazette Birmingham regeneration round […]

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What does the devolution evolution mean for our cities?

It was an energetic start to the new administration alright, with a plethora of bills (some 25 or so in total) in the first Queen’s Speech. The regeneration sector will be (rightly) much engaged with the cities and local government devolution bill, which builds on George Osborne’s northern powerhouse theme, and will see powers and […]

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Clive Dutton: a great friend, sadly missed

We were all desperately saddened to learn yesterday that dear old Clive Dutton, the planning and regeneration guru, has died at the ridiculously early age of 62. Clive was much loved, and word went around quickly. Clive had a hand in many of the most successful and ambitious urban regeneration projects of the past two […]

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Bottoms up: toasting the Urbanistas

The hot ticket this week has to have been the “Flipping the Ratio” third birthday party of the Urbanistas at the NLA on Wednesday evening.  What a heart-warming and inspirational affair that turned out to be. I have written of the Urbanistas before (see blog 31 May 2013) a brilliant network of mainly (although not exclusively) […]

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