Monthly Archives: October 2015

Congestion Charge for M25 around Heathrow?

The Government’s National Infrastructure Plan 2014 (NIP14) says that M25 South West quadrant improvements are a priority for investment and talks about – ‘exploring options for tackling the extremely serious levels of congestion on the busiest road in Britain, making … Continue reading

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Will mass Chinese investment make UK Businesses internationally uncompetitive?

I will make this very brief, but I can’t make it brief enough to be a tweet. If the Chinese Government is going to invest multi billions of Pounds Sterling (£) in the UK it will have to convert lots … Continue reading

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The benefits of High Speed Rail 1 do not cover its costs

I am just reading through the ‘First Interim Evaluation of the  Impact of HS1 Final Report’ which was published last week. The summary says ‘monetised benefits do not fully cover scheme costs over the appraisal period (60 years) with a … Continue reading

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The Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill: a staging-post on a lengthy journey

It is worth reading this from the House of Commons Library about the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill: Source: The Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill: a staging-post on a lengthy journey I think the big messages to note … Continue reading

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Right-to-Buy Cash-Flow Problems Ahead.

The Chartered Institute of Housing has estimated that about 7,000 Local Authority owned high-value homes per annum will become available under the Government’s Right-to-Buy scheme for Housing Association tenants. However the Government is estimating that there will be around 15,000 … Continue reading

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NIMBY’s – Why do people fight more homes being built?

With the Party Political Conference season there has been a yet more talk during the last few weeks about the need for more homes, and as part of this there is talk of Nimbyism and making changes to the Planning … Continue reading

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Cambridge and its Growth

Last week I paid a short visit to Cambridge where there is a lot of new development going on. I thought I would briefly set out here a few examples of what I saw. On the whole I wasn’t very … Continue reading

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