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4 Lessons from Chicago which we could learn from in the regeneration of UK cities

I’ve just read a report about Chicago by The Boston Consulting Group which found that part of the gap in economic performance and well-being between Chicago and the coastal cities of the USA is driven by much greater inequality and … Continue reading

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Do Local Authorities know enough to be allowed to borrow more?

On this morning’s BBC Radio 4’s ‘flagship’ news and current affairs programme ‘Today’ we heard from an economics expert that the UK needs more devolution down to a local authority level and that local councils need the powers and freedoms … Continue reading

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London Borough of Bexley’s Growth Strategy – my thoughts

Recently the London Borough of Bexley published its Draft Growth Strategy for consultation. This is what I think and what I said. “In general, the Draft Bexley Growth Strategy is an impressive document, as at a high level (which is … Continue reading

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Community-led Plan for London from Just Space

Just Space has just submitted to the GLA its vision for a community-led plan for the future of London which I highly recommend as well worth reading (because it accords with much of my thinking). To give you a taster … Continue reading

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Cooperatives of Builders and Colony Housing Developments

Edinburgh is famous for its Old Town, with its tenements, and it’s Georgian New Town, but last year I visited Edinburgh with my wife and discovered another type of Edinburgh housing which is also very interesting. We were staying in … Continue reading

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London’s Cross Rail 2 – can the assumptions behind it be believed?

I have just finished reading the report from The Cross Rail 2 Growth Commission: ‘Cross Rail 2. Delivering Growth in London and The South East.’ I do not intend to write here a fully detailed analysis of the report but … Continue reading

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Viability tests; affordable and social housing. No need for viability tests – just refuse planning consent.

  For quite a while it has become common for developers to say to Local Planning Authorities that they cannot afford to deliver the number of affordable homes that the local planning policy says are required. Too often the local … Continue reading

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