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Carl has nearly thirty-five years' experience in planning and development, with a particular focus on retail and mixed use regeneration projects. Carl also promotes housing, care homes, crematoria, and significant commercial developments - including the biggest print works in the world for News Group UK. He is also the recipient of the Anthony London Law Prize.
"He's very commercially minded and comes back to us very quickly," comments an impressed client, continuing: "He tells you how it is and won't give you a lot of flowery talk." - Chambers & Partners 2017
“Too many councils – nearly two thirds – simply are not making adequate provision in their local plans for the provision of retirement housing or for care homes.
The fact that 203 out of 329 local authorities are a category D, with no clear elderly accommodation policy or site allocation is shocking and evidence of the appalling failure of local planning authorities to plan for a demographic shift which is not only foreseeable, but which has been foreseen and commented on."
“There are now 11.6 million people in the UK aged 65 or over and the number of people aged 60 or over is expected to pass 20 million by 2030. There are over 500,000 people aged 90 or over; and 14,570 aged 100 and over. The number of people with dementia in the UK is expected to hit 1 million by 2025 and 2 million by 2051. Our population is ageing. This is well known and well documented -a phenomenon happening slowly and over an extended time period. It is exactly the sort of change which our planning system should be able to anticipate and plan for; but that is simply not happening.”
Unbelievable. They scream “We must build more homes,” for seven years, and in the last tranche before the election the Secretary of State refuses over 90% of the 805 homes before him, including 580 in four appeals where the inspector had recommended that permission be granted.
Of course, I am sure the fact that Castle Point has a Conservative MP, and that Cheshire is one of the most marginal Labour seats in the country (where the Labour MP enjoys a majority of less than 100 over the Conservatives) has nothing to do with the issue of these pre-election decisions…
“After all the pre-briefing and the hype, this is a profound disappointment. There was talk of this being a "game changer". It isn't. What we have is a surrender to the Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) groups.
“The government appears to have bought the argument that the problem is not the planning system but developers refusing to implement planning permissions. The same was said of supermarkets for years; and then the Competition Commission investigated the claims and found they were nonsense.
“Of course there are delays implementing permissions: with councils imposing dozens of conditions on every one, it can take months or years to meet them all. Very, very few permissions actually lapse, so shortening the life of permissions will have almost no long term impact.”
“There will be two short term effects. First, some permissions will have to be implemented during this Parliament rather than the next one. That is doubtless the intention - to help the government towards its already forlorn looking target of one million homes this Parliament. They won't get there. We've been building about 35,000 homes a quarter; we needed to be building 50,000 per quarter; and the required rate is heading towards 60,000 per quarter. Nothing in this White Paper is going to change that.
“The other effect is that some councils or local objectors will see an opportunity to frustrate developments they didn't want to approve, or which are granted on appeal. Two years can be a very short time.
“Meanwhile, we must still "Keep Off The Grass". The Green Belt" remains sacrosanct. Good news if you have already got your expensive house in Surrey. Less good if you are commuting on Southern Rail from points south of there, and very possibly can't afford to buy a property because decades of under supply has pushed prices beyond most young people's price bracket.
“Whatever we hear over the next few days and weeks, what this package really tells us is that Mrs May and her ministers are more concerned with not upsetting their Home Counties middle-aged political base than with housing their children.”
“I am feeling an acute sense of déjà vu here. I worked on the (then) 'new' visitor centre proposals for English Heritage at Stonehenge back in the late 1980s. It seems like the debate hasn't changed very much in nearly thirty years.
“The bottom line is very simple - Stonehenge is a unique ancient monument and there is simply nothing like it anywhere else in the world. However, The A303 is a major trunk road, serving the west of England, and passes only metres away from Stonehenge and right through the Word Heritage site.
“In an ideal world, the more extreme elements of the heritage lobby would like to close the A303 completely. That is not going to happen. In the real world, it is vital that the A303 is upgraded as delays are horrendous, especially during the Summer.
“The only possible compromise is a tunnel but this solution has been put off for decades because of the cost. We now have a proposal for a 1.8 mile tunnel.
“Since the case for doing something with the A303 is unanswerable, inevitably the heritage groups are asking for a longer (and probably unaffordable) tunnel. Ultimately the tunnel is required to improve productivity, help unlock regional growth and positively change people’s journey times and the current unsustainable level of congestion.
“This is one of those debates that will not go away, and no-one will be happy until after a tunnel is completed, at which point everyone will decide that it was a fantastic solution - whatever its length.”
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