• Green belt blues
    Well, you live and learn. Did you know that, although around 12.4% of England is designated as green belt, it’s mostly poor quality scrubland? Did you know that building on green belt land is only unpopular thanks to a misconception that it involves concreting over the countryside? Did you know the Government has no desire to build more homes? That, […]
  • Emergency? What emergency?
    We’re living in a time of emergencies – national and international – but you really wouldn’t think so from the way we’re going on. Now, accuse me of opportunism to pick a day like today to talk about emergencies if you like, but when would be a good time to talk about them given that they aren’t going to go […]
  • Brownfield-first just won’t go away
    If vested interests are still attacking an environmental policy 10 years after it was abolished, you can be fairly sure it’s on the way back, whether they like it or not. I was struck by this thought when I read the new report from the Land Promoters and Developers Federation entitled Banking on Brownfield. And in case you’d like to […]
  • Urgent health warning!
    This warning is being issued to alert the public to an acute and potentially lethal case of Easter Island Syndrome that has been identified at the Planning Inspectorate. For those of you unaware of the symptoms of Easter Island Syndrome, it involves the myopic rubber-stamping of activities and policies which, in combination and unless reversed, lead to environmental catastrophe and […]
  • A property renting democracy?
    Home ownership has long been a central issue in British politics. Only the other day prime minister Boris Johnson said it is overwhelmingly what people in this country want. “It’s good for society, great for the economy, it drives jobs and growth,” he tweeted. “That’s why we’re supporting it.” Fair enough, it’s something his party has long been committed to. […]