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The Green Belt ‘Dichotomy’ is a construction industry creation

The green belt we are told, is actually dotted with landfill sites, car breaking yards, scrap dealers and golf courses. It is therefore uneven and fragmented, less an actual green belt … Continue reading

October 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Neuromarketing and building on green belt land and green fields

Have you noticed that those wishing to promote the building of houses on green belt and green fields always call their proposed developments homes as opposed to houses? There is a … Continue reading

October 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

6 Unintended consequences of attempts to incentivise Local Authority house building

What are the unintended consequences of housing targets, local plans, building expectations and financial incentives (new homes bonus etc), to persuade, cajole and coerce (cash-strapped) local authorities to build housing in … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

11 Viable alternatives to building on Green Belt land or Green fields

This post is about the future. And the future is a series of choices. You see we are at a crossroads in the direction we can take Britain. One vision … Continue reading

September 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Organisational ‘locked-in’ syndrome

You may have heard of locked-in syndrome … but have you ever heard of organisational locked-in syndrome? Organisational locked-in syndrome is a psychological condition where people within an organisation become … Continue reading

September 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

End buy-to-let to make new housing affordable

The three main parties have all subscribed to build million of houses on green belt and green field sites. It is claimed that this will avert a national housing emergency … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

A framework to better understand what is meant by GOOD development

I read a very interesting blog post by Shaun Spiers, CEO of the Commission for the Protect of Rural England (CPRE) in which he outlined his stance on construction. What … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Impact of Standardisation and economies of scale in a housing repairs provider

A few years ago I worked on an service improvement project in a national private sector company providing repairs to the social housing sector. The leaders believed that economies of scale … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

What Everybody ought to Know About Housing waiting lists?

Take a person from the housing waiting list Listen to their reported housing problem is e.g. ‘i need a house’ Spend time listening and understanding their problem in context … ‘give … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

Housing development surveys and large-scale house building … better questions to ask?

Over the last few months a number of survey results have been used to justify large-scale building on Green belt land and green field sites. In all cases the questions asked … Continue reading

September 12, 2014 · Leave a comment
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