2nd December 2022

Wrestling with the Tories

Wrestling with the Tories Whilst waiting in an airport lounge watching CNN, a large gentleman with a loud shirt and shorts switched to the wrestling channel. After initial annoyance, I was captivated. Not just by the wrestlers themselves, in their garish outfits, but by the […]
25th November 2022

BIDEN to solve all UK planning and housing issues…

BIDEN to solve all UK planning and housing issues… I can hear what you think… Lamprecht, have you started the boozy Christmas party season early? No dear reader, I’m serious! Govey and DLUCH issued a statement that explains it all for us… Key amendments to […]
18th November 2022

When the greenfield hits the fan

When the greenfield hits the fan When Tony Blair came to power, he promised that Labour would have three priorities: ‘education, education, education’. Twenty-five years later, our new Prime Minister has a new slogan: “brownfield, brownfield, brownfield”. At his very first Prime Minister’s Questions, Wendy Morton MP (Conservative) asked: “We are at […]
11th November 2022

Should councils act like Speculators?

Should councils act like Speculators? I don’t know about you, but when I think of iconic skylines, certain staples come to mind. New York, London, Paris. Well, it’s time to add another location to the list: Woking, Surrey. The town’s new skyscrapers loom over the […]
4th November 2022

Community-Led Planning: Forget It

Community-Led Planning: Forget It How do you feel about buying fuel for your car? How about dropping off the dry cleaning? Getting your locks trimmed or shaped? In the trade, these are known as ‘distress purchases’ – something that you need but take absolutely no […]
28th October 2022

Back In The Saddle Again

Back In The Saddle Again As I predicted, and with a huge sense of relief, it is good to see Michael Gove at the department he created. Why? It might bring some sense of certainty and continuity which can only be in everyone’s interest. It […]
21st October 2022

Breakfast at Trussies (closed for refurbishment)*

Breakfast at Trussies (closed for refurbishment)* What’s the first thing the new Prime Minister – X (I daren’t guess) and Jeremy talk about when they meet up.  Let’s listen in on the conversation. X: Well, Jeremy thank you for sorting out the heap of c*** […]
14th October 2022

No Country For Tall Men

No Country For Tall Men We always had a great laugh at the silly guidance coming out of the EU. Remember the edict on the straightness of bananas or the size of condoms with the Italians being ridiculed for wanting smaller ones. Much of it […]
7th October 2022

Energy – Not To Put Too Fine A Tooth On It

Energy – Not To Put Too Fine A Tooth On It I was sitting in the dental surgery having just caught up with the shenanigans of European royalty in HELLO! and about to double check it all in OK! when a contraption in the corner […]
30th September 2022

Crisis? What Crisis?

Crisis? What Crisis? What is our new administration going to do about (a) the housing crisis (b) the crisis in planning and (c) the shortage of planners? Short answer: SFA Why? They can’t. Without the economy (or indeed the government) being stable, all of the above issues will go […]