Author: Peter Chowney

Local needs are not part of new planning ‘revolution’

Peter Chowney

The government’s ambitious new White Paper, ‘Planning for the Future’.  promises the biggest shake-up in the planning system since 1948, with a ‘fast track for beauty’. We urgently need to build more genuinely affordable homes, especially in the South East – but this White Paper won’t achieve that.  It misunderstands the reasons why houses aren’t […]

Cost of Covid tips councils over the edge

Peter Chowney

Dramatic cuts in income have left councils with big budget shortfalls, and no way to get the money they need to provide day-to-day services. Had the Covid-19 crisis happened back in 2010, there wouldn’t have been such a problem. Ten years of austerity have left councils in no fit state to cope.  The government has […]