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Devolution? Greg was there first

Once again, forgive my absence.  It’s all busy busy busy in Team Clark as Greg Clark’s “Devolution revolution” continues apace. Fresh from the result of the Scottish referendum (you may have seen Greg’s article in Estates Gazette last week) there has been serious competition at both the main party conferences as to who can position […]

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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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“Sorry mum, I’ll be in Brum with the PM”

I’m sorry I’ve been absent from the blog for a few days. I just haven’t had time. Close observers will know that I’ve been up to my ears in Greg Clark’s “Devolution Revolution” and frankly I’ve barely slept. We’ve all been running around like mad things. There have been all-nighters and working weekends. So I’ve been […]

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Tim Wheeler

For many of us, some aspects of the Wheeler saga are depressingly familiar

It seems it’s the universally unanimous view that Tim Wheeler’s litigious campaign against his former employer, as reported extensively in Estates Gazette and elsewhere, has been most unedifying. A very poor chapter in property history. And, of course, it may not be over yet. However, Louise Patten, former Brixton Chairman, has clearly led a sheltered life […]

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Atlip Road, Alperton, Brent

Opportunity knocks down in Brent

It’s official! Brent is the new Southwark. It is, quite simply, Land of Opportunity. This has been a pet thesis of mine in recent years but is now totally reinforced in the light of the news that my very good mates over at Brent council have launched their vision for a new Alperton. And quite right too! […]

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The Future of Park Royal

Out on a reunion with my old team from the Park Royal Partnership (PRP) Thursday night in that well known crawling-with-surveyors-venue, the good old Balls Bros wine bar in Brook Street. We had a bucket of white wine and some of those lovely snorkers with sesame seeds that are so moreish, after you’ve had a […]

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