Category Archives: housing

further thoughts on the Net Gain consultation

Following on from my general critique of the Net Gain proposals, here are a few specific comments in case anyone is thinking about responding to the consultation before the deadline of the 10th February. 1. On page 6 of the … Continue reading

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Accountancy will not save nature: the problems with “Net Gain”

It’s difficult to believe that while we watch – ok, there are probably only a few of us now hanging on to the bitter end, as most will have given up and gone off to do something more sensible – … Continue reading

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The ideology that drives homelessness

This week, I’m straying out of my comfort zone, as I’ve been asked to write about homelessness. This feels appropriate, as we approach that time of the year which is inextricably linked to the story of a homeless family searching … Continue reading

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Jacob Rees-Mogg and his fantasy Scrublands

  You would have to be a hermit to be unaware of the housing crisis which grips towns and cities across England. Homeless people line our high streets and occupy shop-fronts. But the housing crisis is far wider than that … Continue reading

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Medway Council love birds, as long as they are not Nightingales

As Nightingales return to England, the Brexit juggernaut lumbers on, crushing all dissent as it goes. But the resulting mulch is full of contradiction and confusion. Take our current commitments to protecting Birds for example. Until 2019 (and perhaps for … Continue reading

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Miliband and Truss combine to declare EU best for climate action. #EUreferendum

          Ed Miliband surfaced from the political ocean depths today, to join forces with Liz Truss. There’s a sentence I never expected to write. With Caroline Lucas and former LibDem energy minister Ed Davey, they have … Continue reading

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Lodge Hill latest: Medway writes back to Housing Minister Brandon Lewis pleading against a Call-in

I have just been sent a copy of the letter which Medway Council has sent to Housing Minister Brandon Lewis, responding to his request for information just before christmas, about Medways plans to build a 5000 house new town on … Continue reading

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Lodge Hill: Statement to the House of Commons

Originally posted on Mark Reckless | UKIP:
Mark Reckless (Rochester and Strood) (UKIP): It is a privilege to follow the hon. Member for Congleton (Fiona Bruce), who I am sure speaks for the whole House in her moving and compelling contribution.…

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Labour commits to building 200,000 new homes a year: Great: where?

At the Labour Conference both Hilary Benn, Shadow CLG Secretary, and Ed Miliband, both promised massive new house-building, up to 200,000 new homes a year by the end of the parliament. Benn said ” … we will give communities, as … Continue reading

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Mark Reckless MP: destroying Lodge Hill will undermine national SSSI protection across the country

Part of Lodge Hill’s military past: a fictitious Newry Road with Iraqi posters (c) Miles King   Rochester and Strood MP Mark Reckless is nobody’s fool. You may remember that earlier this year I wrote about his tirade against coastal … Continue reading

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