WG National Development Framework – some quick reflections…

In August this year, Welsh Government (WG) published its National Development Framework[i] (NDF) for consultation (which is designed to complement and provide more spatial priorities for Planning Policy  Wales PPW published in 2018[ii]).  There is much to applaud – especially the emphasis on Transit Oriented Development (see Policy 1 - Sustainable Urban Growth) and the … Continue reading WG National Development Framework – some quick reflections…

Welsh Paradores and Sourdough Bread

Growing the foundational economy across the South Wales Valleys... Wales’ City Regions are still in nascent form and grappling with how to address long term and structural socio-economic challenges with limited resources and evolving governance arrangements.  The challenges are many and cover:  connectivity, housing, skills, the economy, poverty and inequality. In some cases, programmes are … Continue reading Welsh Paradores and Sourdough Bread

Climate Change, Brexit and The Economy (…and Wales)

I watched the David Attenborough climate programme in April,  Climate Change the Facts[i], shortly followed by my reading of the heartfelt speech by the impressive Greta Thunberg to our politicians[ii].  I think it hit me, almost an epiphany, we have to make radical changes in almost every aspect of how we live, especially our economic … Continue reading Climate Change, Brexit and The Economy (…and Wales)

Milgi, Cardiff…the end of an era

It's Sunday afternoon on 14th April 2019 and I have just got home and am a little bit sad.  Geraldine and I have just had our last ever Sunday lunch (and a few pints) at Milgi on City Rd.  Milgi has become an institution and a beacon for the independent food, music and art scene … Continue reading Milgi, Cardiff…the end of an era

Metro & Me, October 2018

In October 2018 we (Cardiff University, Arup, IWA, Capital Law) published a collection of essays related to the South Wales Metro to support the Metro and Me event held in Cardiff on 8th October.  Capital Law did the heavy lifting (especially Lowri Gregory) to plan and manage the day.  Thanks to all the speakers and … Continue reading Metro & Me, October 2018

Making the Metro work for the Valleys and for Cardiff…

I did a lot of "heavy lifting" re: the South Wales Metro 2010-2016, the burden then passed to Transport for Wales....and now to Keolis/Amey who will work to deliver it by 2023/4.  Perhaps I may allow myself a moment to sketch out some ideas for how the planned network could be enhanced and extended from … Continue reading Making the Metro work for the Valleys and for Cardiff…

Wider Impacts of South Wales Metro (article for Bevan Foundation July 2016)

Full text of my article for The Bevan Foundation July 4 2016 http://www.bevanfoundation.org I have spent much of the last six years involved in some way in what has become known as the South Wales (or Cardiff Capital Region) Metro; initially as an advocate from the business community who galvanised and led support around my 2011 … Continue reading Wider Impacts of South Wales Metro (article for Bevan Foundation July 2016)

Hand made in Ebbw Vale…?

Just a quick thought on a possible future for Ebbw Vale… It is disappointing that the Circuit of Wales now seems to have fallen by the wayside . Maybe this is the death knell for the superstar project to transform the economy (apart from the South Wales Metro of course!). Maybe we need to think … Continue reading Hand made in Ebbw Vale…?