60 Seconds: Ho ho homes!


60 Seconds: Ho ho homes!


“On the fourth day of Christmas, the councils gave to us…four planning consents!”

Christmas came early on Wednesday as Curtin&Co was part of four different project teams which gained consent for projects across London.

Consent number 1  
A large build-to-rent scheme in Sutton.

Consent number 2
29 units on behalf of Londonewcastle, to regenerate a longstanding derelict site on Rye Lane in Peckham. The unanimous approval means we maintain our 100% success rate in Southwark.

Director at Londonewcastle, James Shindler said: “Thanks to you… for all your hard work – that’s 2 out of 2 on the Curtin/Londonewcastle success rate (with hopefully many more to come)”.

Consent number 3 
The regeneration of a former Nestle factory in Hillingdon on behalf of Barratt London and Segro. The scheme will bring forward 1,381 new homes, employment opportunities and community space.

And last but certainly not least…

Consent number 4
The development of new campus buildings at University College of Football Business by Wembley Stadium. Red Vale’s scheme will bring forward much needed student accommodation, study space and admin space to support the expansion of the University. Back of the net!

Ho-ho-homesSo was it Christmas spirit or is there more behind this handsome haul?

Perhaps the tide is turning. At Curtin&Co we have always argued that a if communities and decision-makers feel that they have been given ownership of the process and able to genuinely input into the proposals, they will support them.

Legislation may not yet have found a way to cut all of the red tape, but the London Plan is coming, Oxfordshire has a Housing and Growth Deal, Greater Manchester wants one and the Government has increased the housebuilding target from 250,000 per year to 300,000.  Turkeys won’t vote for Christmas and politicians won’t vote for anything which will lose them votes so perhaps the message is getting through now: if we are a nation which aspires home ownership then we need to build the homes (and social infrastructure around them) to meet the demand.  The Treasury may just thank you too.

It may only be the first spade in the ground, but at least there are four more of them this week.

Have a great weekend,


The week ahead

Rule Britannia! 
Leading think tank calls for half of new homes to be reserved for Britons

All Black (list)
New Zealand bans foreigners from buying homes as housing crisis escalates

The weiner takes it all
What could Vienna’s low-cost housing policy teach the UK?

Cash in the attic 
Empty space above shops could be key to unlocking homes

And Finally…

Some might pay
Estate agent goes to extreme lengths to sell property by singing Wonderwall for prospective buyers

Curtin&Co specialises in the fields of Community Consultation and Political Engagement, especially around development, and Reputation & Crisis Management.

Curtin&Co has grown rapidly to a team of over 20 highly qualified political, community engagement and reputation management specialists, having been founded by Tom Curtin in 2009.  In 2016, Curtin&Co was delighted to be listed in PR Week’s Top 150 Public Relations consultancies at number 86 and in the Top 10 Public Affairs consultancies at number 8; a recognition of the quality of the service and growth achieved.

To find out more visit www.curtinandco.com or call Helen Barrett on 0207 399 2288