Monthly Archives: March 2016

Innovation – where does it spring from?

I have just come across this article in Harvard Business Review from Beth Comstock of GE, which explores where innovation comes from and how structures can be set up to encourage it: https://hbr.org/2016/03/innovation-springs-from-the-unexpected-meeting-of-minds?referral=00208&cm_mmc=email-_-newsletter-_-technology-_-technology_date&utm_source=newsletter_technology&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=technology_date I recognise a lot from my own … Continue reading

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Management of Parks and Public Open Space – are there really any ‘innovative’ funding solutions?

I have written about this elsewhere, although not actually in this blog: but I get fed-up and annoyed whenever I see the call for ‘Innovative thinking’ on how Public Parks and Open Space should be managed and how the cost … Continue reading

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Budget displays a garden settlement prospect

Originally posted on Planning Portal Blog:
Wednesday’s Budget announcements confirmed the government’s appetite for a new wave of garden settlements with a promise of legislation to make it easier for local authorities to work together to create new garden towns…

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Time to attack the Viability Argument

I have just corresponded with someone about development in London and thought I would repeat a section here: The ‘viability’ argument drives me mad and local authorities should throw them out. If the developer really can’t make money on a … Continue reading

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The problem of tall towers in cities

Earlier this week I heard the end of a very interesting talk at Ecobuild from Dr Julie Futcher about the challenges posed by developing and building in cities at high densities, especially with tall buildings. In summary: Using London as … Continue reading

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Localism and the contradictions of policy and economic philosophy

I have just been reading an interesting paper from 2013 ‘The economics behind the move to ‘localism’ in England’, by Paul Hildreth (University of Salford, and UCL, Bartlett School of Planning), and David Bailey (Coventry Business School). In here they … Continue reading

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