Housing

Dublin's housing crisis shows no signs of abatingDublin: bursting at the seams

Ireland’s housing crisis won’t be fixed any time soon

Ireland’s housing crisis is harming the country’s competitiveness, just at a time when it hopes to exploit whatever advantages Brexit may bring.  Clumsy government intervention means it won’t be solved any time soon, however.  Merrion MD Dougal Paver takes a look at what’s happening over the water. When your author spent three years knocking around Dublin in the late eighties […]

More proof that high taxes are counter-productiveSouth Wales' biggest export, now under threat from taxes

More proof that high taxes are counter-productive

A while back this blog cited the boom in UK brewing as proof of how low taxes stimulate enterprise.  Now the government has gone and proven the opposite with its stamp duty reforms, as latest figures reveal. Let me recommend a corkingly good read for you – The Panama Papers, which reveals the staggering story behind the leak of millions […]

Housing allocation: who's left holding the ball?Housing density: just one of a number of things that will wind the public up

Housing allocation: who’s left holding the ball?

Being in opposition when the time comes to deliver an authority’s latest Local Plan is often a blessing in disguise, suggests Dougal Paver.  For starters, you don’t get the blame. Local authorities the land over are currently working on the latest development plans for their boroughs – the statutory documents which govern what can be developed, and where.  The quantum […]

Population growth: housing's elephant in the roomIt's busy down in dat der London.

Population growth: housing’s elephant in the room

New housing starts can’t keep pace with population growth in the UK, and the social and economic consequences are now being felt broadly across our cities.  Surprisingly, argues Dougal Paver, the public aren’t joining the dots. This blog doesn’t do politics.  Shoot me, in fact, if it ever does. Rather, it likes to cast its eye over the quirks and […]