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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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The benefits of 30 months in Whitehall

During my 30 months in Whitehall, I had the benefit of traversing three departments (Cabinet Office; Business, Innovation and Skills; and Communities and Local Government) in hot pursuit of the great Greg Clark, in my exulted positon as his policy adviser on urban regeneration. My last billet was in CLG of course, where Greg was […]

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Pride in their alley – and a green inspiration

My hero may be Greg Clark. But Greg Clark himself has a new hero. Or should I say, a new heroine? Greg was speaking at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last week. He likes the Chelsea Flower Show. And he loves the RHS, which has  supported him before (notably in his anti-garden-grabbing campaign of 2011).  […]

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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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A notable victory for localism

I think it is fairly common to get a bit cross with one of the dear departed for having (wholly inconsiderately) gone off and left us to cope on our own. There is not a day goes past when I don’t invoke the name of my old mentor, John Sienkiewicz, larger than life civil servant […]

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A ‘Pickles’ of planners, maybe?

Readers may know that I have been wrestling with suggestions for a collective noun for planners for some months now. Various folk in the UKR circle have suggested “a zone”, “a framework” and “a submission” of planners.  Some wag suggested “an approval” to which some other wag countered “don’t you mean ‘a refusal’?”.  I know. We’re […]

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Confusion and hyperbole surround the NPPF debate

All those who are shrieking hysterically should be asked to go through this sequence: first, is having a horrendously complex system the best way of protecting anything? If the answer is “No” (and surely it is) then let’s simplify the system.

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