Planning

The Impact of 'Incompletes'

Erica Sosna | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK
Erica Sosna

Ah, it's that tax return time of year, rolling round once more. Hands up if you have been studiously avoiding completing your accounts and submitting your return?

Running a Business on a Budget: Tips and Resources

Jo Gifford | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK
Jo Gifford

Whether you are just getting started on you are a little way down the line of your entrepreneurial awesomeness, keeping those goddam overheads low, low, LOW is key in making some actual monies.

Changes to the Planning System Are Leading to Thousands of Job Losses Across London

Simon Pitkeathley | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Pitkeathley

Boris described the planning policy as "utterly crazy" and said that "Government is totally wrong on changes to permitted development rights... It reduces the space where firms can start up". Let's hope more legislators see sense soon, and stop this threat to independent businesses that are so vital for our creative economy and community.

Five Reasons Why You Shouldn't Plan Your Life

Georgie Bradley | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Georgie Bradley

Sometimes you just have to resign to your fate. Get your harbouring hippy to go with the flow of the universe and believe me, life will sort itself out. So many have achieved their dreams without planning. You know the phrase, when it rains it pours?

10 Steps to Eliminate Your Crush's Girlfriend

Madison Taylor | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Madison Taylor

When you like a guy and he is unavailable and already committed to some other girl, it can get really frustrating and quite disheartening. In your dizziest day-dreams, your mind can go down a slightly dark and twisty route thinking of ways to eliminate said girlfriend.

Heard the Rhetoric About Putting Communities at the Heart of Our High Streets? Where's the policy to support it?

Bill Grimsey | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Politics
Bill Grimsey

I've never much rated Brandon Lewis' vision. The minister for high streets has previously argued that the explosion of betting shops, fast food outlets and payday lenders is a sign of a thriving high street.

How Much of England's Countryside is Protected?

Barney Stringer | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK
Barney Stringer

The big planning question is whether towns and cities should have more space to grow. How should we balance a growing population and protecting the countryside? These maps show how England currently strikes that balance.

We All Must Own the Places We Live In

Sir Terry Farrell | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK
Sir Terry Farrell

The architecture profession and the planning system must open up to all.

My Own Paralympic Legacy or How Poor Access Can Kill

Mik Scarlet | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

Better access for disabled people benefits everyone. I wonder how many of you have tripped while walking over cobbles or uneven Yorkstones? Now imagine what it would feel like if that injury might threaten your life... all in the name of liking old things!

Finding the Right Student House

Danielle Lowe | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

Time at university flies by for most students. Days blend in with the next as we stay up late reading for tomorrows class, getting that essay written, preparing for that exam next week or having a good time with friends.

D-Day for Coyte Farm: Why Cornwall Needs to Reject this Out-Of-Town Retail Centre and Take Control of its Own Future

Lenny George | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK
Lenny George

Cornwall Council will make a decision this week which will have a profound effect on the future of Cornwall. If they approve planning permission for the massive out-of-town retail development on 70 acres of green fields at Coyte Farm near St Austell, it will become Cornwall's 3rd largest retail centre.

Does It Make the Bike Go Faster? How a Strategy of Marginal Gains Can Sustain Growth

Scott Barnes | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Politics
Scott Barnes

Occasionally challenges in life can be solved by a stroke of genius - a superhuman effort, a silver bullet. More often, the solution to the thorniest ...

Pre-Holiday Check-Up Boosts Productivity

Dr Monique Y. Wells | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dr Monique Y. Wells

In just a few days, the U.S. will celebrate Thanksgiving. Where has 2013 gone? Once the Christmas / Hanukkah holiday season arrives, the race will b...

The Battle for Coyte Farm - The Information They Don't Want Cornwall to Know

Lenny George | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK
Lenny George

In my previous HuffPost article about the proposed massive out-of-town retail development at Coyte Farm in Cornwall. In this follow-up article I'm looking at the impact that this development would have on the town centre of the local town, St. Austell, if it goes ahead.

How to Not Hate Your Own Wedding

Holly Poulter | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Poulter

Songbird Kelly Clarkson called off the big wedding she and her fiance were planning this October, because she was 'so overwhelmed' and 'so over' planning it... But for most couples, it's simply not possible. So if you've got to knuckle down and get it done, how do you manage to not hate your own wedding?

The High Street Has Reached Tipping Point - There's No Going Back

Bill Grimsey | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK
Bill Grimsey

Going to the high street will no longer be about just hitting the shops. It'll be about meeting new people, participating in new experiences, creating something and learning new things. We've lost a sense of vibrant local communities and local economies. It's time we rebuilt them.

Self-Build - Could Housebuilder Intervention Bring The Promised Revolution?

Laurna Robertson | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK
Laurna Robertson

While you may think the idea of a housebuilder offering self-build plots sounds contradictory, the people who have struggled to get planning permission or finance for their own project might have appreciated a middle man to make life easier for them.

Cost of New Planning Laws Must Not be Passed on to Council Tax Payers

Steve O'Connell | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Politics
Steve O'Connell

Reforms to planning laws, which make it easier for small-scale residential extensions, could cost council tax payers hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Planning Enforcement Needs Greater weight

Jeremy Lefroy | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jeremy Lefroy

This week I will present a 10 Minute Rule Bill to Parliament calling for stricter rules to impose fines on developers who deliberately exceed planning consents.

Home Time: Why We Need to Boost Housing Supply in Our Growing Cities Now

Ben Harrison | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Harrison

As well as targeting specific funds to get stalled schemes in our most buoyant cities moving, we need to see more autonomy for cities to drive investment in new housing. By removing the restrictions on councils' ability to borrow money against their existing housing assets to invest in new housing, industry experts suggest councils could borrow an additional £2.8bn to invest in new housing.

Listen to the HAPPI2 Report: There Is Another Way to Address the Housing Shortage

Nick Sanderson | Posted 25.02.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Sanderson

The UK is facing an increasing housing shortage, and one which needs to be urgently addressed.

Garden Design Trends for 2013

MyGardenSchool | Posted 27.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
MyGardenSchool

This year - we predict some more radical changes in the world of gardening, reflective of the social and economic and planetary trends we're seeing at a macro level. Some gardening predictions are controversial, some based on what we know is selling, and others simply have a sprinkling of gut feel.

Would you rather be a Boomer?

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Vivi Friedgut

I am often asked how we dare preach saving to young people living in debt. I am asked how it is possible that the young-and-broke generation, my generation, can be asked to make even further sacrifices by saving for their future.

New Year, Still You

Tamar Kasriel | Posted 10.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tamar Kasriel

Many people seem to have a visceral objection to forcing an 'excessively rational' approach onto the personal, emotional sphere. There's a sense, for example, that planning your life too much will take out the romance.

Wind Farm Protesters Backed By Tory Planning Minister

Daily Telegraph | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK Politics

People opposed to onshore wind farms should not have their views "ridden over roughshod", the planning minister has told the energy minister in a priv...