17th June 2022

Why HtB (Help to Boris) is here to stay

Why HtB (Help to Boris) is here to stay When the CEO of a volume housebuilder wakes up in a cold sweat, there is only one recurring nightmare: the government has decided to abolish Help to Buy. But should they be worried? I don’t think […]
10th June 2022

Which comes first: homes or nature?

Which comes first: homes or nature? When I first heard of nutrient neutrality, I thought it was a new faddy diet. So I ignored it. Mistake. It’s a scheme by Natural England to help protect our waterways from nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphate, and […]
6th June 2022

A thing of beauty is a flat forever

A thing of beauty is a flat forever Mr Gove, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, etc is keen on beautiful homes. And so am I. But given that the average new home is now about 75 m2 or 800 ft2 (in the old […]
27th May 2022

Cutting off your nose to spite your face

Cutting off your nose to spite your face There is nothing like a lesson in surgery to liven up a council meeting. The Leader of Spelthorne Council said that the local plan was a choice ‘between chopping off our own foot or having the government […]
20th May 2022

The Lords go North – what a glowing idea

The Lords go North – what a glowing idea In a previous incarnation, I wrote about what an excellent idea it would be to move Parliament out of London because the Palace needed to be rebuilt. That was about five years ago. So, I was […]
13th May 2022

NOCers are the big winners

NOCers are the big winners So, the council elections are all over so we can forget about them. The Tories got hammered. Well, not quite. Labour had a brilliant night…in London. The Liberal Democrats are about to form the next government. Wrong again. The reason […]
6th May 2022

Forty shades of NIMBY

Forty shades of NIMBY I thought the headline might appeal to you, but first a word from our sponsor. Commercial Break. Yesterday there were local elections in many parts of the UK. You can get the headlines but what really happened to YOUR site? We […]
29th April 2022

I’m in floods of tears

I’m in floods of tears I’m not going to name the council, but I have just spent the best part of an hour watching a planning committee in action. (or inaction as it turned out). The executives at Netflix, Amazon Prime and the Disney Channel […]
22nd April 2022

Confessions of a door-knocker

Confessions of a door-knocker Here we come Walkin’ down the street We get the funniest looks from Everyone we meet ​​​The Monkees, 1966 I had my first experience of door-knocking when I was six. While other boys were brought by their fathers to watch hurling or […]
13th April 2022

Which came first? The Planner or the Chicken

Which came first? The Planner or the Chicken When McDonalds decided to introduce Chicken McNuggets 40 years ago, they had a problem. (Please read on – I’ll get to the point in a minute). Their demand for chicken would be so great that it would […]