Category Archives: Planning

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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St Leonard’s-on-Sea in East Sussex was laid out as a new town in the 19th Century Perhaps ‘genteel housing development’ better describes architect James Burton’s original plans for St Leonard’s.  Today, what’s left of Burton’s scheme has been absorbed into … Continue reading

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Another go at new towns

Are new towns proof that the road to hell is paved with good intentions? I’ve always been fascinated by new towns. New towns are about making new starts. They give us a chance to begin again, and do things better … Continue reading

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Stansted gets a lift

Stansted, London’s third airport, always seemed destined for greater things Architects Foster and Partners saw the brown field site as an opportunity to build a new kind of airport. They created a magnificent airy glass structure with a ‘floating’ roof … 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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