Christmas came early in Westminster today, with the Chancellor sprinkling largess across the United Kingdom, seeking to address significant pressure points in areas such as the NHS, Universal Credit and housing as well as seeking to tackle populist and important causes like single use plastic items, second homes and air quality.
As a newbie to the planning and development industry and a long-term village resident, I found that when asked what my job involves I get one general response: “why would you want to build even more houses?” This is an attitude heavily present in the rural, village areas I grew up in and now reside in, each village with its own culture and understandable love of the surrounding countryside.
I have recently purchased a new car. Rather like buying a new home, I had to put down a large deposit, I was able to choose which extras I wanted, and the colour of the paint and the seats, and I’m going to have to wait for a number of months before I will get the keys....
Designed to prevent coalescence between settlements and to minimise urban sprawl, the green belt has its place but without some relaxing of its limits it could just continue to drive house prices up and the young out.
In an era of localism, with local communities being encouraged to take more of a role in planning issues, wouldn’t it be fantastic if we could acknowledge that just as the architecture, planning or archaeological merits of a site might be partly about judgement, or based on finely balanced decisions, so too are the views of the public?
Our research into public attitudes to house building has proved invaluable in the consultations and campaigns we have devised over the last two years. However, we are now seeking to develop a more thorough understanding of how to engage groups most inclined to support housing and house building on a range of issues.
Avid listeners to the Today programme on Radio 4 this morning will have heard Neil Parish MP, Chair of the Environment and Rural Affairs Select Committee, explaining how design is at the heart of opposition to new homes...
For thousands of 18 year olds across the country, today will be filled with excitement, anticipation, elation and for some disappointment. It’s A-Level results day, which has got us at MPC wondering how the next generation of planners and architects will attempt solve the UK’s ongoing housing crisis?
A pair of star-cross'd lovers, who I suspect are quite alike in dignity, were rumbled this week sharing an embrace across the political divide. In fair Oxford, where the pair were seen, did political grudge break to political unity?
The public’s confidence in new build homeownership has been shaken over recent months as the mainstream media have reported on the spiralling rates of ground rent charged to owners of leasehold properties. The Government has proposed to reform leasehold and has formally begun an eight-week consultation.
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) came into force on 6th April 2010 and has provided local authorities with the opportunity to charge a new levy on developments in order to raise money to fund improvements to local infrastructure. Just over 200 authorities in England and Wales have now published CIL plans for consultation.
It is now widely accepted that there is a shortage of affordable housing and that the property market isn't accessible to all but why this is the case is far from clear. Earlier this week a Dispatches investigation asked why so few affordable homes are being built?
On the hottest day of the year so far and with some relaxing of royal protocol, the Queen went to parliament to deliver her speech, marking a new session in parliament. We look at what was mentioned and how people reacted.
Following the surprising result of the general election and the appointment of Alok Sharma as the new Minister for Housing and Planning, we consider how the new government will address the housing crisis.
When I moved to Central London, I was acutely aware that I wasn’t going to get much square footage for my rent budget. Having been a student for four years previously, I was prepared for a rather bijou existence.
MPC recently hosted a breakfast with the now Conservative Mayor for the Combined Authority for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough - Cllr James Palmer. Unsurprisingly, given the nature of his powers and the challenges facing the region in its attempt to rival Silicon Valley, the conversation focused heavily on infrastructure.
Tomorrow much of England will go to the polls for the County Council elections. At stake will be the control of 27 county councils responsible for billions of pounds of taxpayer’s money and the delivery of key services including education, highways and social services.
The Prime Minister has finally done it and taken steps to put this parliament out its misery, seek her own mandate and secure a proper working majority.Over the last few months readers of this blog will know that we’ve long viewed the stated aim of keeping this government running until 2020 as unrealistic and asking for trouble.
All the candidates have now been announced and the latest betting odds for the election have been published which show Liberal Democrat Stephen Williams and the Conservatives’ Tim Bowles as the clear favourites in a race to be the first West of England Metro Mayor.
Earlier this year, I overheard a discussion between two people regarding the proposed Peninsula Place development in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and caught one comment “that’s far too high, that’s not what we need.”
For all the sound and fury the press and opposition are trying to whip up over Philip Hammond’s first Budget, I think the general view in a few weeks or months time is that this was pretty much a non-event and at best, the warm up act for the second budget this Autumn.