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60 Seconds: The end of May

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60 Seconds: The end of May

Morning,

It could be the ultimate ‘get out of jail’ card for Mrs May.  I know you’re bored to death with Brexit but stay with me on this one.

Mrs May is in the terrible position of being willing to wound but afraid to strike. Her question is: how do you want to lose?

But as one of the UK’s greatest Prime Ministers, Harold Macmillan, said when asked what went wrong in politics: ‘events, dear boy, events.’

So back to Mrs May and the Monopoly card. What if there was no Europe to exit from? And the way things are going this is not an unlikely prospect.

Who will be first to head for the Departure Lounge? A few years ago, I got 4/1 on Germany. ‘You’re mad,’ I hear you say but when you’ve stopped stating the obvious, think about it.

961f061f-15a2-4bc2-a06f-1ccd0d6e26d3Why might you ask – as surely our Teutonic cousins have the most to lose from this?

Yes, but they have even more to lose from Europe which has grown too big and could lose its usefulness.

Italy is in disarray and they can’t even elect a Prime Minister despite the two main parties – the Right Wing League and the left-leaning Five Star movement having a majority in both houses. The unelected President doesn’t like the cut of the Eurosceptic 81 year-old (hope for me yet) Finance Minister the coalition has selected, so he kaputed the whole thing.

Forget this stupid democracy stuff.

The octogenarian is now to be EU Minister. Don’t ask me, this is Italy. How long will this highly fragile coalition last? I’m not rushing down to Ladbrokes.

Spain is heading for a vote of no confidence in its socialist prime minister because he has jacked in all this left-wing stuff and now lives in a fine villa outside Madrid.

From the original six in the Common Market, there are now 27 countries in the club. And some of the newbies from the East are more than disenchanted with the whole thing.

I won’t even talk about Greece.

But Italy and Spain are not our Hellenic friends.

So when Mrs Merkel looks at this mess, I could see her drawing on the words of that great Irishman, Jack Charlton: get your retaliation in first.

And this is the answer to Mrs May’s prayers. Off she goes boarding pass in hand.  We can’t leave something that doesn’t exist.

QED as we used to say in maths class.

Have a great weekend.

Tom


The week ahead

My house is your house
Bank of Mum and Dad lending needed for 1 in 4 UK housing transactions in 2018

Just can’t pledge enough
May’s £2bn housing pledge not enough, say Tory council leaders

Old and bold
England’s most unusual listed buildings​


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


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60 Seconds: The short straw

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60 Seconds: The short straw

Morning,

It’s that time of the year again when strange men and women knock on your door and tell you how wonderful they are.

You haven’t seen them for four years and probably won’t see them for another four.

Yes, it’s local election time, folks. Now I believe that democracy should be transparent and simple. However unfair you consider the first past the post system, any  idiot can put an ‘x’ in a box. Well almost.

Compare this to my own Imrald Oil where you have proportional representation and you select your candidates from 1 to God knows how many. Now I won’t bore you with the mechanics, but it’s complicated.

In fact, it’s almost as complicated as filling in a Yankee or a Heinz at the bookies. In case you don’t know the first gives you four gee-gees with 6 doubles, 4 trebles and a four-fold accumulator or 11 bets (seemingly named after a GI) and the Heinz gives you 57 bets on six nags – you figure out why.

Being a horse-racing nation, the Irish have no problem with PR and have fewer spoiled votes than the UK. They are less lucky with the bookies’ friends.

Although the UK system seems simple, it is fraught with difficulties. Not all councils have elections on May 3. And not all wards in all councils are up for election. (Stay with me, I get lost myself sometimes.)

32d423e7-ea0d-4154-a03d-11c88edb4605So, pity the poor door knockers who spend their evenings prowling the wrong part of the district where there is no election. Ha-ha.

And pity the poor voter who turns up at their usual polling station to find it locked – it happens all the time.

I am a firm believer, for all our sanities, that there should be all-out elections for all councils once every four years. That way we might get the turn-out – currently a pitiful 30% — up somewhere near the figures for the General Election figure of 70%.

Many of you probably don’t even know there are elections such is the lack of media attention.

Well, they are damn important if you are in the development industry – a change in council control or even in the ward can turn very nasty. This is well evidenced by the Earl’s Court Development proposed by Capco which has seen relations with the Labour administration sour after they surprisingly won control in 2014.

Not to mention Haringey where Landlease’s regeneration scheme ran into problems due to the internal machinations of the Labour Party.

Councillors’ majorities are small – often one extended Irish family can see you on your ear. And every now and again, as in Northumberland in 2017, control of the council is decided by choosing straws (hence the phrase) and it was the Tories who got the short one stopping them getting control. So your one vote does count.

And be nice to that person on your door-step. The next time you see him or her might be on the Planning Committee.

Have a good weekend.

Tom


This week at Curtin&Co

This week Curtin&Co had the pleasure of hosting Caroline Dinenage MP, The Minister of State at the Department of Health & Social Care who had agreed to listen to key issues facing the retirement living industry, in order to help shape the Government’s Retirement Living Policy.

The event was very well attended by key industry figures who had an invaluable opportunity to debate how the Government can support the delivery of much needed retirement living homes moving forward.

Curtin&Co is working extensively in this sector, so if you need any help or advice on your site moving forward, please feel free to get in touch with David Shetcliffe on davidshetcliffe@curtinandco.com or 020 7399 2296.

The week ahead

Grand Designs
Javid calls for greater sector collaboration to improve design quality

Legal & Generous
Legal & General moves into UK affordable housing business

The Blame Game
Even Michael Portillo says the UK needs more council housing

And finally…

Don’t Pret on it
Housing minister Dominic Raab’s food habits have sparked debate


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


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60 Seconds: Every dog has its day

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60 Seconds: Every dog has its day

Morning,

Every male dog in Britain must be heaving a huge sigh of relief. A High Court judge has ruled that they can continue to exercise their right to cock their legs as much as they want in public parks.

And who was trying to stop them? The good burghers of Richmond Borough Council in London.

Now you would have thought that Richmond has enough problems to deal with – shortage of housing, Brexit, knife crime, but, no-dogs are the big issue.

And if you thought my fellow-countryman, Jonathan Swift’s ’s ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ showed up the stupidity of politicians with the Lilliputians warring over whether to open an egg from the thin or the round side, just wait.

Richmond Council wanted to reduce the number of dogs that can be walked at any one time from six to four and the number of licenced dog-walkers to 15. So they launched a consultation in March 2017 to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO).

Almost two out of three respondents disagreed with the proposal and a separate online petition opposing it got nearly 2,000 signatures.

Along with this, nearly 200 people (and their dogs) joined a peaceful protest in Twickenham.

But this held no sway with the good burghers who voted near-unanimously to impose the ban, which also stopped the male of the species spending a penny on a lamp-post.

A report from that excellent organ, The Richmond and Twickenham Times recorded the meeting as follows:

Councillor Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council cabinet member for Environment, Business and Community, motioned to raise the number  [from 15] to 18, which was accepted. [By the way, Cllr Fleming pulls in some £20,000 a year for her efforts on the Council.]

Those opposing the restrictions are concerned many dog walking businesses “will be adversely affected”, facing closure or income slashes of a third.

c6671be6-8ed2-4c51-b1d7-6741f1ebafe5However, Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside Cllr Penelope Frost said she, and other councillors, had received a “significant stream of emails from local residents” who were very concerned about the increase in the number of dogs in the borough.

She said she hoped those people would “not be drowned out by an efficient social media campaign”.

Cllr Fleming said: “Over the last few years we have seen a rise in the number of complaints we have received about dogs not being under control in our parks.

“People have told us they feel intimidated when they see ‘packs’ of dogs being walked, sometimes by multiple dog walkers at the same time.”

However, a Freedom of Information request showed that there had only been four complaints in seven years. Hardly a flood. Sorry.

All very witty, but when you think the council spent 15 minutes debating this, it does make you wonder.

Anyway, a local resident Ms Caroline Summers was taking none of this, so off she went to the High Court. The judge, Mrs May (no, not that one) upheld the PSPO but gave relief to all male pooches.

As the local elections approach, you may be sure that all those dog-owners will be more than willing to cock-a-snoop or a poop at the councillors.

Have a good weekend.

Tom


This week at Curtin&Co

On Tuesday morning, Curtin&Co was delighted to host a breakfast seminar with leading players in the PRS market. The session was chaired by the Chairman of Curtin&Co’s advisory Board, Roger Bright, who were joined by Richard Green, Partner at Venn Partners, Michela Hancock, Greystar and Nick Stanton OBE, Curtin&Co. The hot topic was ‘is PRS coming of Age?’ and whether the industry should be lobbying for an additional use class to differentiate it from both traditional house building and from small private landlords. It was an interesting and topical debate and we thank all of our speakers and guests for a great turnout.

The week ahead

For the many not the few
Jeremy Corbyn promises to build a million ‘genuinely affordable’ homes

Escape to the country
Londoners want a country house to live the rural dream

Power to the people
the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee calls for greater protections for vulnerable tenants

And Finally…

Sing when you’re winning
Robbie Williams set to WIN four-year war to build a summer-house


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


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60 Seconds: A weighty problem

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60 Seconds: A weighty problem

Afternoon,

Houses are getting smaller. The average size of a new house in the UK is now about 100 square metres, while the average flat about 50 m.

According to that impeccable source, The Daily Mail, houses are 50% smaller than they were 90 years ago. And UK homes are the tiniest in Europe.

At the same time, British people are getting bigger.

According to another impeccable source, The Daily Mirror, the average British man now weighs 13 stone 3lbs whereas in 1967 the hippy was 11 stone 8 lbs. But, as with all weight issues, we are well able to fool ourselves, men are 2 ½ inches taller. Ah, so that explains it. Not.

So what has all this got to do with housing? Well, it’s causing all sorts of problems.

And as we build up, to protect the previous Green Belt, there are other issues. Ambulances are taking longer to get patients through the tight corners in high-rise buildings when lifts are out of order.

Dr Fenella Wrigley (honestly, that is her name), of the London Ambulance Service, said: “Given the traffic and the fact that London is growing upwards, not outwards, if we have difficulty getting a patient out of the fourth or fifth floor, it all adds up.”

5517dce8-22c1-459f-821e-7fd4c49e8443Then there was the 30 stone poor devil in Leeds who had a life-threatening condition. Only when the fire brigade threaten to knock down a wall in his house did he manage – with assistance – to clamber down the stairs.

Some hospitals have put a 25 stone limit on patients using MRI scanners, with patients having to move to other hospitals.

Such is the scale (sorry) of the weight problem that health chiefs in Scotland are asking Edinburgh Zoo for its specialist scanners which are normally used for Pandas, Rhinos and Bears.

If you look back at football matches of the 1930s and 1950, all those men in flat caps were as thin as whippets. And they had no quinoa to help them keep trim.

So should we be building bigger bungalows in order to protect the nation’s health? Good question.

But the final word must go to the former Secretary of State for DCLG, Eric Pickles, who said that people should not be forced to live in rabbit hutches. Nor presumably eat rabbit food.

Lord forbid. Especially for Mr Pickles who is known to like the odd pie.

See you at the gym.

Have a good weekend.

Tom


This week at Curtin&Co
Well, it’s been a rather busy week here at Curtin&Co (as always of course). Firstly, we are delighted to announce that Curtin&Co is hiring!To support our exciting expansion, we are on the look out for a new Account Manager, Account Executive and intern. If you are politically savvy, possess great written communication skills, have a solid work-ethic, please send a CV to jobs@curtinandco.com.

Secondly, our very own Founder and CEO Tom Curtin has been listed in PR Week’s 2018 Power Book as one of “the brightest and most influential PR professionals in Britain”. To view the full list click here.

And last but certainly not least… Last week one of our newest recruits, Anthony Okereke chaired the ‘Insight Into Political Careers’ parliamentary event which seeks to give young people who identify as Black, and Minority Ethnic an insight into the different roles within politics. It was an extremely well-attended and successful event. Congratulations to everyone involved.

The week ahead

Young families go off-piste 
Chalet chic: new bungalows in popular London commuter locations for young families

A quarter predict housing slaughter
One in four Londoners predict housing market crash##

The “Grey pound”
Over-50s hold three quarters of UK housing wealth

Once in a blue move
Moving home is ‘becoming a rarity’

And finally…

For the many, not for you
Jeremy Corbyn loses battle with local council to build price-boosting extension


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


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Make development great again

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60 Seconds: Make development great again

Good afternoon,

Love him or loath him, you can’t ignore Donald Trump.

Personally, I am appalled by some of his outbursts, but then you look at what he is achieving.

He is getting things done. Hardly a day goes by without some major policy initiative.

Let us suppose that one of Donald’s long-lost relatives (the Don’s mother hailed from the Outer Hebrides) ends up as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Now fast forward to 2025 when Iain McTrump, the Don’s long-lost cousin, has been made Secretary of State and makes his maiden speech on planning and housing.

Here it is in full.

The NPPF. It’s short but not short enough so I’m abolishing it. One of my predecessors, Sajid Javid made some tweaks in 2018. Well, I’m going to make a tweak. For now on it will be called the NFPP – No F****** Planning Policy. For me, all form of central control smacks of Communism so we are sending it to North Korea.

36d789c4-6ed5-41ce-8b34-c089d13d40e5Planning Applications. From now on, all of these will be submitted via Twitter. Any over 140 characters will be immediately rejected. Here’s an example, from my cousin:

Scotland. 18-hole golf course, five-star 450 room hotel, shops, sports complex, timeshare and housing estate. Minor effects on birds & other vermin.

A-A-A-A-PROVED. No questions asked.

Green Belt. I’ve looked at the rankings in Judo and can’t find no Green Belt in Japan, so it can’t be real, so it’s abolished. Simple.

Retention. One of the bureaucrats who is employed here (none of them work) said that retrospective planning is a problem. Well, it ain’t no more. Our policy is simple: you build it, we’ll approve it.

High-rise. Yep, if Trump Towers is good enough for my cousin, it sure is good enough for me.  Let’s put New York to shame.

Well, that’s the end of my first day. No bad, eh?

An if ye nae like it, Jimmy, I’ll ha youse outside.

Have a good weekend and a Happy Easter.

Tom


The week ahead

Rule of three
Three councils face intervention over local plans

Hell-bent on paying rent
Ranked: These are the 10 areas in London with the highest growth in rents over the past decade

Weakest link
London is still the weakest performing region for house price growth at present, with prices down one per cent year-on-year.

And Finally…

Man with a cara-ban
South London man told to remove ‘caravan’ extension


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


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60 Seconds: The Tinder trap

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60 Seconds: The Tinder trap

Morning,

As well as working in the industry, I’m sure most of us have had the unpleasant experience of selling a home.

One of the latest pieces of guidance that estate agents have issued to sellers is to market your house like you market yourself on the dating app “Tinder”.

Like everyone, my personal experience with online dating is non-existent but friends tell me it is very effective.

Anyway, it struck me as odd, drawing parallels from online dating and selling a home. But there does seem to be some truth behind it.

A profile on Rightmove is very similar to an online dating profile, in that the photos do most of the talking.

If you want to be successful at either, you carefully select photos that are most flattering, and emphasise your best features.

In some circumstances, photos can over-emphasise your attractiveness. A younger colleague told me that this has a specific name. It’s called “catfishing”. Whilst catfishing is usually associated with dating, and people who lie about their appearance to the point of deceiving someone – it could also be applied to selling a home.

Let’s face it – we’ve all been catfished by a property before. The online photos make the rooms look brighter, the garden look bigger, and doesn’t tell you the property is next to a kebab shop.

2a5906b8-78d0-4b24-87d5-b6cc0e553632As with online dating, photos are often the first thing buyers see and make a judgement from. With Tinder, Bumble or Grindr (where do they come up with these names?), photos are accompanied by online chatter – similar to an estate agents’ blurb.

Of course, photos lure us in, but then you start to read “hardwood floors”, “wine cooler” or “Belfast sink” and suddenly you’re hooked. It’s enough for a first viewing. In reality, all you might find are “dodgy floorboards”, an “outdoor shed” and “antiquated plumbing”.

But anyway.

Once you’ve bagged a first viewing (or first date) much of the hard work is over – unless you’re a catfish obviously. Nevertheless, there are still certain considerations you must take to improve your chances of success.

You’d never go on a first date without a good wash and a few shots of your favourite perfume or aftershave – so why host a first viewing without a thorough tidy-up and deep clean beforehand? The old dodges of freshly baked break and brewed coffee still work.

Right now,  I’m considering retiring from the industry tomorrow and becoming a love guru.

Have a great weekend.

Tom

PS. I’m also checking my Facebook profile.


This week at Curtin&Co

This week we were delighted to be part of the project team that won unanimous consent from Southwark’s Planning Committee for a 274 room hotel incorporating a restaurant and new public realm.

‘Curtin&Co’s analysis of local politics and the dynamics of the planning committee was spot on and very useful. Their programme of community consultation helped to ameliorate local concerns and possible opposition, helping us to take a scheme which initially met with resistance from officers to unanimous approval at committee.’

Jo Allen
Chief Executive, Frogmore

The week ahead

The new Nimby 
You’re welcome here: meet the Yimby – Yes In My Back Yard

May’s Mexican stand-off
Theresa May faces ‘Mexican stand-off’ after Berkeley says it can’t meet demand for homes

Red-no homes 
I couldn’t start my business today, says Redrow boss

The (new) Commuter
Londoners face longer journeys to work as high house prices push them to emerging ‘second commuter belt’

And finally…

I’m in love with the shape of newt
Ed Sheeran accused of total disregard to local ecology as plans to build private chapel at his home ‘are jeopardised by a rare breed of newts’


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


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60 Seconds… Until doomsday

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60 Seconds… Until doomsday

Morning,

Lately I’ve been thinking – what with Trump going head to head with Kim Jong-un, and the UK going head to head with Russia – perhaps I should start taking precautions for a nuclear stand-off?

Surely the thought has crossed your mind recently…It might seem ridiculous at first but…is it? Our future existence depends on the negotiating skills on four fairly strong characters.

At the height of the Cold War, in Ireland, the authorities send a booklet to everyone in the land on what to in the event of nuclear holocaust. Helpful advice included:

– go under the stairs;
– keep your radio on;
– store lots of tinned food, and most helpfully: ‘turn your back to the flash’.

As I was pondering how one best prepares for nuclear obliteration in the 21st Century, I suddenly remembered the “mega-basement”.

bb830d96-3bf6-4da3-b922-4c81eb06290aIt’s safe to say that building a mega-basement is not a straightforward (or cheap) precaution. Nevertheless, I wonder whether current events could spark a new trend, but this time, with a depressing twist.

Instead of trying to build basements filled with swimming pools, gyms, cinemas and any other bog-standard home improvements, perhaps our elite might decide to build their very own nuclear bunker.

Now before I go any further, I would like to declare that this article is purely hypothetical, and that I am not going completely mad unlike some of the aforementioned characters.

Of course, it would take too long to build one of these basements given how tedious it has become to secure planning permission.

You might remember the handful of celebrities who attempted to build downwards (Ricky Gervais, Jude Law, Brian May etc.). Most failed to gain consent or at least hacked off their neighbours and the surrounding community with the added noise, dust and subsidence.

Perhaps if mega-basements do take off again – imminent nuclear Armageddon or no nuclear Armageddon – there is an opportunity for some new-age community engagement for my hard-working consultants at Curtin&Co!

If anyone is thinking of making such renovations – you know where to find us. Hopefully there will be no need.

Boom. Boom.

Have a great weekend.

Tom


This week at Curtin&Co

This week we were delighted to be part of the project team that secured detailed planning consent for a mixed scheme on White Hart Lane, Haringey, on behalf of Fairview New Homes. The development will bring forward 144 homes, with residential and employment space. Congratulations to everyone involved!

The week ahead

Printing money
3-D printed house is hot off the press

Not so quickie brickie
Property developers ‘boost profits by building slowly’, says Oliver Letwin

Hammond’s hooked on housing
Spring Statement 2018: Further details on plans to tackle UK housing crisis

Commuter calculator
London’s best commuter towns ranked


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


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60 Seconds: A doggerel

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60 Seconds: A doggerel

Good morning,

Well, what an exciting week it was; it could have been called “National Housing Week”.

And, all the chestnuts were trotted out: changes to the NPPF (in due course – September is promised but the New Year looks more likely to me); a crack-down on councils without a five-year supply (seemingly there are 15 in Javid’s crosshairs, but the trigger has not been pulled yet) and the Garden villages between Oxford and Cambridge (in my great grandchildren’s dreams).

It would make you laugh if you didn’t want to cry. So, in that spirit, I have put together this doggerel to cheer you up.

0aab6de2-5cbc-4fd0-bb82-364049d33b69Mrs May was surrounded by bricks.
As the housing crisis she tried to fix
To turn all the NIMBYs
Into strident young YIMBYs
And end those delaying tactics.

What we need is more homes, dear Sajid
There’s too many youngsters in need
Says he: ‘I’m not deaf
‘I’ll change the NPPF.’
But not an inch of Green Belt I’ll concede.

The developers are all naturally greedy
And spurn the wishes of the needy
Profit’s their game;
Hoarding’s their aim.
And the Daily Mail thinks it’s all seedy.

Now according to the bold Sajid,
“Villages are just what we need”
Will they come to fruition?
On just one condition
You’re alive in 3003.

But, wasn’t there a fellow called Clegg,
Our attention he sought to beg
With garden villages galore,
In Oxford, Cambridge and more
But perhaps he was pulling our leg.

Our Prime Minister keeps on bleating,
“High housing targets we should be meeting”
And although it is damning
“Let’s have urban cramming!”,
The green belt is not for “concreting”

So what I am trying to implore,
Is we’ve heard all this waffle before,
The ideas are recycled,
They’re taking the Michael,
Do we want to hear any more?

Have a happy weekend.

Tom (and Katie)


 The week ahead

Never Properly Planned For (NPPF)
Architects Journal picks out the 10 features of the NPPF you may have missed

Countrywide On The Slide
Countrywide’s share price falls as profits go down

Some Might Pay
None of the 15,000 planned homes in Manchester qualify as affordable


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