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In praise – once again – of our planners

I was invited round to Arup yesterday, to speak at an event for the National Planning Forum (NPF), along with (the rather luminous) James Harris of the Royal Town Planning Institute, (the extremely hilarious) Andrew Whitaker of the Home Builders Federation and (the ever genius) David Waterhouse of Design Council/CABE. No, I have absolutely no […]

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It’s difficult, this getting back to normal

After nearly two-and-a-half years in “the thick of it”, I am finding it rather hard to adjust back to life in the real world. Thankfully, UKR has a seriously GREAT project in the pipelines (and more on this when I am at liberty to divulge) so I certainly have plenty to do. But it is […]

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A grown-up and authoritative response

I attended my last meeting of the Commercial Property Forum yesterday. This is the group that sits between the Department for Communities and Local Government and the British Property Federation to discuss areas where the government can work with the property industry to support growth in homes and jobs. There is always the danger that […]

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Cuba or Croydon, an economy needs a plan

In what has been rather a strange interlude in my life, I’ve been in Cuba these past few days. Yes indeed. Of course, my timing was impeccable: I returned just in time to watch my uber-clever colleagues in their last frantic scramble to sort out the Spending Review. And didn’t they do well? My visit […]

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MIPIM UK – a bit of a blur, all of a triumph

Sooooo… MIPIM UK 2015.  Well, it’s all a bit of a blur really… So much HAPPENED! Olympia: well it may not be Cannes, but 2015 proved that 2014 was not a fluke, and it sure does work for us.  The promised protesters were not exactly out in force (perhaps, like in my student days, the […]

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Bullish Brandon gives PRS a welcome push

You couldn’t exactly say that the private rented sector had come of age last night, but there is no doubt at all that it had a successful first day in the reception class, and that it can now tie its shoelaces, all by itself.  At Church House the British Property Federation held a fairly triumphant […]

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After years of despair, optimism abounds

It was a huge privilege on Monday to sit in the box at the back of the Speaker’s Chair to hear Greg Clark give his triumphant statement to the House of Commons, as he said these stirring words “The components of each growth deal will transform the prospects of local economies. However, the whole is […]

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Southwark’s silence raises interesting issues

There was a bit of a kerfuffle at the end of last week when Southwark council refused to comply with a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from its opposition grouping. This concerned the deal that the local authority did with Lend Lease over the beleaguered Elephant and Castle project.  This had got as far as […]

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A question of trust

One of the things I had to miss at MIPIM, due to my need to court some filthy wonga (and that really says it all, I am afraid) was the Real Service and British Property Federation lunch entitled “The real estate industry – can we be trusted to act responsibly”. The sainted Liz Peace of […]

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I’d like to make you an offer, Mr Rahman

Regular readers of this blog may have noticed that I started a hare running with my (admittedly somewhat intemperate) remarks about Tower Hamlets a few days ago. I have had a huge response to this, both in public and in private - mostly in private, and mostly supportive of my spluttering sense of exasperation. I am […]

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