Dockless bike-share hits the UK

ObikeChina’s “Rainbow wars” are coming to the UK, as rival bike share firms set up – Ofo in Cambridge, Mobike in Manchester, and this week Singapore’s Obike arrived in London. Pay attention, because if China is anything to go by, this is going to be big.

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Building a Fanbase – football and housing

Football grounds 2 (2)There are plenty of reasons to welcome new housing in our neighbourhood. It’s a fundamental human need, and one we’re uncomfortably short of.

But here’s one reason you may not have considered – more homes could be just what your local football club needs to gain an edge over its rivals.

Here I look at which football clubs have the fastest growing local population, and future fanbase.

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England’s Southward tilt

2014-based 20yr growthEngland’s population is shifting further south according to the latest official population projections. The overall population is growing fast, and growing almost everywhere, but the growth is disproportionately in London and the South East.

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What role for Garden Cities?

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London is growing by 100,000 people a year, and the next Mayor needs to double housebuilding. It’s tough finding space to do that within London. Could new or expanded towns outside London take some of the strain? A new report by Quod with homelessness charity Shelter finds they could help, but cannot be the only answer.

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London is not a low-rise city

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Up or Out? How is London going to grow? Many planned new towers have prompted a backlash from some wishing to preserve London’s skyline. But is London’s self-image as a low-rise city really justified? Quod’s report with homelessness Charity Shelter uses new analysis to look at how tall London really is.

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When Brownfield is Not Enough

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In the debate about London’s housing shortage, Brownfield is often talked of as if there were vast swathes of unused land waiting to be reclaimed. The truth is, almost all London’s land is already used for something, and changing its use is slow, expensive and hard. Brownfield must deliver much of the housing London needs, but a new report by Quod and homelessness charity Shelter finds that brownfield will not be enough, and urges the next mayor not to rule out other approaches.

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Household Forecasts, and why they matter

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New household forecasts are one of those dry-sounding statistical releases that hide profound and challenging issues for all of us.

Last week’s projections from the Department for Communities and Local Government will affect where we live, and how. And countless local planning battles over these numbers, up and down the country, will determine whether we have any chance of solving the housing crisis.

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London Reborn

Operation_Pied_PiperOn January 6th 2015, or thereabouts, London hits an extraordinary milestone – the population finally catches up with its 1939 peak population – from now on it will be an all-time high. Has any other city in history bounced back from losing two and a quarter million people?

Seventy five years on: same population, but an utterly different city. Here I take a look at how things have changed.

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Mapping housing wealth

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Housing in the UK is “worth” around £6 trillion, but that value is very unevenly distributed. This is a map of total housing wealth in London, rather than house prices – a different view that shows just how concentrated the market has become.

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