In a radical report the Policy Exchange said regeneration had failed in cities like Liverpool and Sunderland and all the Government’s three million new homes should be built in London, Oxford or Cambridge.
No, not simply because they think that the new homes should be built there, nor for their insistence that the great Northern cities can never be regenerated.
But because they think that such things can and should be planned in this manner. It\’s the flip side of the Pathfinder idiocy, which calls for the destruction of hundreds of thousands of perfectly decent houses.
There is simply no manner that the centre, the State, can accumulate enough information to tell whether people in 20, 30 or 50 years time will wish to live and work in one place or another. The only method we\’ve got at all is to look at what people do now in a market and see where they go to live.
They\’re nutters not for the results of their plans, but because they\’re trying to design plans in the first place.