Category Archives: Planning Panic

Bypassing politics won’t work

Today Sir John Armitt proposed the creation of an independent body to tackle Britain’s poor record on the planning and delivery of major infrastructure projects. Sir John has a strong pedigree, having chaired the Olympic Delivery Authority for the 2012 … Continue reading

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It’s not rubbish that needs more room

It’s easy to fall out of the habit of blogging.   Eric Pickles has enticed me back to the keyboard. Communities and Local Government Minister Eric Pickles wants to tackle the menace of multiplying bins on our streets.  He has … Continue reading

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Booming London gets new lines

More trains are coming online  – but plans for more planes are still up in the air. Yesterday the proposed routes for Crossrail 2 went into public consultation.  This £16bn project will create fast new north-south connections through the capital. … Continue reading

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Flight delayed

The Coalition and Labour want to defer a decision about London’s airports until 2015: it can’t wait that long Yesterday the Prime Minister announced an independent inquiry into the future of London’s airports.  Sir Howard Davies’s team will not report … Continue reading

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Chocks away!

The overdue debate on the future of London’s airports is finally taking off. I’ve been blogging for about a year, and my most consistent topic is transport and the need to take grown-up and very urgent decisions about the future. … Continue reading

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New towns need a bigger dream than ‘green’

If desperately-needed new towns are to take root, and win popular support, planners need to come up with something more inspiring than carbon-neutral houses.  Derwenthorpe, near York, is a case in point. Launched by the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust in … Continue reading

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Midlands mega-city proposed to ‘obliterate’ countryside

Yesterday The Sunday Telegraph revealed a plan to “exploit the new and highly controversial” National Planning Policy Framework” to build up to 100,000 homes on green belt land in the Midlands. This development would “obliterate the open countryside … to … Continue reading

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