Population growth

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 […]

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 […]

London's congestion costs everyone - dearly.In London, everyone pays.

Will congestion become London’s Achilles’ heel?

News that London is Europe’s most congested city will come as no surprise to its detractors.  Would greater population density offer a cure, asks Dougal Paver. London seems unstoppable.  Its population decline has been reversed spectacularly and it has cemented its position as the world’s capital in a decade of rapid growth that only paused for breath – momentarily, it seemed – […]

Density + Shanks's pony = healthy cities, healthy economiesThe dense Georgian town planning in Liverpool's Canning neighbourhood: liveable, walkable and sociable

Density + Shanks’s pony = healthy cities, healthy economies

Our colonial cousins worry about suburbanisation far more than here in the UK, with a lively city-focused blogosphere debating how American cities can  boost population densities.  If their research is a guide, there are very clear social, health and economic outcomes. Here’s a case in point from the admirable CEOs for Cities blog.  Everything we take for granted – liveable […]

Want to preserve your city in aspic? It may end up like San FranciscoLiverpool's skyline has benefitted enormously from forward-thinking planning

Want to preserve your city in aspic? It may end up like San Francisco

My home town of Liverpool faces some interesting challenges as its economy continues its ten year growth spurt. With such a track record you might imagine that the issues relate to coping with the inflationary pressures of growth and, in part, they do. My own children’s primary school, in a tight location where the inner city suddenly butts up against […]