Tag Archives | Gavin Barwell

Chaos means opportunities – 2017 could be a turning point

Greetings to 2017. And a very Happy New Year to all you out there in EG land. Did you want to come back? I certainly struggled. Was it a longer break than usual this year? Or did it just feel that way? In the midst of my Seasonal Affective Disorder (and the fact that I […]

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Government funding is just the beginning

Lord Heseltine’s work on a national strategy for regenerating deprived housing estates got published today. And there is to be an additional £32m of new funding released, to bolster the original £140m Estate Regeneration Fund announced last January. I was nose to the grindstone in Communities and Local Government when the thing first got launched […]

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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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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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Housing – beyond the fringe, on every agenda

Well now! Just how wrong can you be? The Conservative party conference was NOT bothering with the issues of ageing, as I had rather daftly suggested in my last blog. In fact, the issue of our aging population barely got a look in (although one glance at the demographic of the party faithful certainly confirms […]

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Fighting talk from our new minister

Gavin Barwell, our new housing and planning minister seems to be universally highly regarded by Those in the Know. I have only met him once, at his request, and I came away with the impression of a chap open to new ideas, with a formidable intellect and a serious drive to make a difference. He […]

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Encouraging signs from our new-look government

Despite the enormity of other news over the weekend, my last post received a lot of attention. To be honest, I was inundated. I received masses of messages in all bewildering forms of media, both from within and from outside government. All universally kind. Thank you everyone. And it has been a simply superb experience […]

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