Old gold hits the mainstream

My blog of Thursday was clearly wrong in respect of the election-fatigue being suffered in Richmond Park! My old Mum and her neighbours turned out most diligently (53% is very high for a by-election) to give the government a bloody nose. For Mr Goldsmith’s huge majority in the general election to be overturned so spectacularly […]

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Comfortable voters make for a dreary protest

So the Richmond Park by-election taradiddle gets played out to its dreary denouement today. Will the comfortable voters of Richmond Park register a vote against Brexit or against the third runway at Heathrow? It is all so negative and dispiriting. And it will only ever amount to a protest vote. Neither the airport expansion nor […]

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Inspiration is hard to come by, but it is there

Seriously back in the swim now. Have laid waste to the in-tray. But I must say I find I am struggling to find inspiration. You sure can keep your Black Fridays and your Cyber Mondays. What a crock of nonsense. I think I might go back on holiday. And I can’t even BEGIN to deal […]

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Sorry for the blackout, I’ve been feeling the earth move

I must apologise for my absence. For the past four weeks I have been in New Zealand. It was a holiday-of-a-lifetime sort of thing. I had always wanted to go. And I was in such a workaholic frenzy in the run-up, trying to leave everything neat and tidy in UKR, that I ran out of […]

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Heathrow is the best news for years

I hope you are all impressed with my prescience in raising the important issue of transport connectivity in yesterday’s post. All I can say today is hallelujah, praise the Lord, that we have finally finally FINALLY got the right result with the government announcement of the third runway at Heathrow. Only last night I was […]

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Crewe makes the cut

My life is really quite marvellous. If rather bonkers. Fresh from the announcement that I am about to take up the chair of the Northern Gateway Development Zone (see blog 19 October), it was my extraordinary privilege to chair a session on our stand at MIPIM UK on Thursday morning about the amazing rail connectivity […]

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All hail the Northern Gateway

So… as we gear up for the third MIPIM UK today, what is in store for the market facing locations in the UK, post Brexit? Well this year, I am thrilled to present the Northern Gateway Development Zone at MIPIM UK. This is the result of an innovative and ground-breaking partnership which has come together […]

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Farmer mucks in to beat construction woes

I have written many times about the luminosity of Mark Farmer (see blogs 5 November 2015, 9 February 2016, 26 April 2016) but he really is a Top Man. He is also very busy. He has just published the Farmer Review, an independent study commissioned by two government departments on the construction skills deficit. In […]

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The real cost of SDLT… but is anyone listening?

We all find ourselves rather diverted by today’s front cover of the Estates Gazette, a (presumably eye wateringly expensive) advertisement paid for by Residential Land. As one of my housebuilder mates commented, pithily and somewhat wearily: “Well done Bruce Ritchie – but is anybody listening?” Well, my very real hunch is that they are. And […]

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Full of eastern promise

Monday had me addressing the East of England LGA (Local Government Association) conference entitled “Re-imagining regeneration in the East” and I found myself at a seriously worthwhile event, and totally among friends.  I have a bit of a soft spot for the LGA, and for the East of England mob in particular. Led by the […]

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