Monthly Archives: January 2015

Are Estate Renewal Programes really Regeneration?

I have just written the following in response to an article in New Start Magazine about there being little evidence that Estate Renewal Regeneration programmes have had much effect beyond physical inprovements: “I think the reason Estate Renewal programmes don’t … Continue reading

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Brighton’s Interwar Council Housing Estates: ‘Housewives with empty larders’

Originally posted on Municipal Dreams:
In 1921, Brighton was the second most densely populated county borough in the country after West Ham and, as a long-established town, a good deal of its housing was in worse condition than that of…

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Localism, freedoms for local authorities and taxation

I have mentioned before my concerns over the push for more taxes being raised locally, and the push for ‘Localism’ without it being understood that most local authorities do not have the tax base from which to raise taxes locally … Continue reading

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Town Centres, Neighbourhood shops and housing design

A few random thoughts and observations inspired by a few things I saw today whilst in Reigate. I have gone on before about what I see as poor or uninspiring housing design and the need for a lot more good … Continue reading

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Shoreditch, Whitechapel and Brick Lane

I was in the Shoreditch area on Saturday, and thought I would share these with you. I worked on the construction of this building on Cheshire Street (off Brick Lane) as a trainee site manager and engineer many years ago … Continue reading

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Ashford Visit – Shared Space, New Road and Empty Sites

A very quick photo’ diary of my visit to Ashford, Kent, yesterday. A pocket park: Shared space on the ring road: Development sites – empty for quite a few years. Come on, let’s have a temporary use strategy, such as … Continue reading

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Old Kent Road Opportunity Area – some thoughts

I thought I would just post a few photographs of some sites on the Old Kent Road which illustrate why there are opportunities there for it to be identified as such by The Mayor of London, and of some nearby … Continue reading

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