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We still need planning

There is a tendency to blame ‘the planners’ for everything that goes wrong, from dog mess to lack of public toilets to the failure to provide a full size Marks and Spencer’s store in town (I’ve come across all of

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Shelter? or Investment?

It is quite true that man lives by bread alone — when there is no bread. But what happens to man’s desires when there is plenty of bread and when his belly is chronically filled? Abraham Maslow Back in the

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Housing – bibliography

In preparing this series of posts I’ve consulted lots of documents. I’ve given a partial bibliography below, which includes I think all those cited. Any additions can be found here: A Haunted Landscape: Housing and Ghost Estates in Post-Celtic

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Housing – the Irish experience

In my last post in this series I argued that we need to increase the supply of land for housing by a substantial amount. I recall a Conservative MP (I’m afraid I can’t remember who and haven’t been able to

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Posted in Economy, Housing

The supply of housing

A series of earlier posts have looked at affordable housing, self help provision in shanty towns and at the supply of housing generally here in the UK. In this post I want to look at more general issues around housing

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Affordable Housing

The cost of housing across the South of England is high when set against average incomes. It isn’t surprising therefore that many attempts have been made over the years to deliver housing that is affordable by more people. My experience

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Some personal history

I spent 30 years working in local government before being made redundant and setting up in business for myself. Initially I worked as a planner, but the in the last few years I was involved in much wider aspects of

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