Oxford: for the few, not the many!

Oxford: for the few, not the many!

Oxford City Council has a planning policy that its two universities must ensure that fewer than a certain number (3,000 I think in both cases) of their students should be living in "family housing" in the city. The upshot of this for someone like Oxford Brookes in particular, with a lot less land and university…

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Oxford’s Green Noose in the News

Oxford’s Green Noose in the News

The weekend saw a desultory rally of assorted anti-neighbour groups in Woodstock, following their "parish poll" to decide whether they should continue to oppose new housing near the town. This was reported on by the Oxford Mail, and has generated an assortment of comments. I thought it would be good to post one of my…

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The Wolfson Prize 2014: Garden Cities – one I made earlier

The Wolfson Prize 2014: Garden Cities – one I made earlier

Don't you just love it when someone comes up with an idea you had, more or less, ages ago, and gets a prize for it when they do it.  Grrr!  Well, I am pleased to say that one of my ideas this year has won the Policy Exchange think tank's Wolfson Economic Prize which called for…

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Oxford Green Belt and Land Use Planning: Inefficient, Inequitable, Indefensible.

Oxford Green Belt and Land Use Planning: Inefficient, Inequitable, Indefensible.

From the point of view of hypertension prevention I ought not to have, but for some crazy reason that currently eludes me, I found myself last evening at an event, a “panel discussion”, about the case for a “Green Belt Review” for Oxford. The panel was one councillor from beleaguered, hemmed in city council, one…

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Oxbridge Academies: history repeating itself?

Oxbridge Academies: history repeating itself?

I had an early meeting yesterday of a governors' committee where someone mentioned this Guardian article from Monday about how Oxford and Cambridge Universities have proven lukewarm or downright icy towards the idea that they should sponsor New Labour academies. Oxbridge snub to government on academies Polly Curtis and Patrick Wintour Monday December 3, 2007…

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Land tax versus land release

...or why we would still need Land Value Tax even if everyone had a home. One of the most common responses to the suggestion that Land Value Tax would be an equitable way of solving housing shortages is that "we don't need more tax, just looser planning regulations" enabling landowners to release more (and predominantly…

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