Category Archives: Planning Panic

Garden cities to stage leafy comeback?

A battle has broken out between town and country over the future of planning.  The government is trying to defuse the row by bringing back garden cities: planned communities designed to create a ‘joyous union’ between town and country. Yesterday … Continue reading

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Economy can’t fly without airports

It is sixty-six years since a full-length runway was built in the South East of England. While Amsterdam-Schipol, Frankfurt and Paris have been adding miles more runway, Britain has held ten aviation inquiries since 1946 and gotten nowhere.  The coalition … Continue reading

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Light at the end of the tunnel. Eventually.

Thinking about HS2… Twelve years ago I worked for West Coast Route Modernisation (WCRM) – the programme to increase speed and capacity on the world’s busiest mixed-use railway.  Basically, WCRM was about stitching together the messy compromises of a 150-year-old … Continue reading

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Full speed ahead?

2012 started with good news for people who care about making this country a nicer place to live and a better place to do business. On January 10, the government gave the green light to High Speed 2: an exciting … Continue reading

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Happy National Freelancers Day!

In case you hadn’t heard, today is National Freelancers Day. The ‘third annual celebration of freelancers‘ carries the Prime Minister’s endorsement and marks the contribution made by more than 1.5 million freelancers to the UK economy. This seems like an … Continue reading

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Victorian values re-evaluated

On Sunday inventor-entrepreneur James Dyson added his voice to the much-needed debate on planning in the UK.  Writing in support of a new Thames Hub airport for London (“Boris Island“) he laments “we have lost the ambition and vision of our Victorian ancestors. … Continue reading

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Plane sailing

The UK has not always been hamstrung by transport planning: big bold decisions taken centuries ago shape the world we live in today. Last week I took a ‘Fall Break’ to the New Forest in Hampshire.  First established in the … Continue reading

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