I suppose no one wants to risk admitting that they did anything wrong in case everyone else piles in and tries to dump all of the blame on them rather than admitting to anything themselves. Jeffrey (an engineer,) - comment made via the IHS.
I do not think that we are far apart Mr Wakehan.
I do agree that there are worrying signs of far too many flawed designs in recent years. Yes, things have always sometimes gone wrong (Ronan Point (1968), Summerland (1973), Abbeystead (1984), Heathrow Tunnel 1994, etc) but I remain uneasy.
I did say in my original comment that I would like to think that HS2 "would do everything they could to stop something going wrong in the first place."
I also cannot see that nothing new can be built.
I am wary of us being too short-sighted in saying no to HS2 but I struggle to accept any comparison between keeping speeds to say 125-140mph compared with those in the early 19th Century who claimed something like "people would die if they travelled at 30mph".
We need to move forward but in a more sustainable way and one which is more balanced towards the cities of northern England.
Jeffrey (an Engineer again) - my comments come up as "industrial professional" as it is entered via the IHS.
Perhaps a better title is 'Most new housing is so poorly designed it should not have been given Permission'. A planning system more focussed on encouraging and delivering quality as well as fulfilling housing need has to be part of the answer.
An ex-colleague of mine was involved with representing some residents in East London when there was a collapse of the ground during HS1 tunnelling. I recall that he told me at the time that HS1 were very fair about resolving the problem. I would like to think that those involved with HS2 would be the same but, moreover, that they would do everything they could to stop something going wrong in the first place!
One problem at the moment is that feelings and opinions on HS2 are being pumped up at the moment for various reasons with, I suspect, various agendas more opaque than others.
Personally I am in two minds over whether HS2 is a good idea or not. It is a lot of money and the estimate should have been better in the first place. I do wonder if the promotors were too optimistic in order to get political approval. However, doing nothing at all is not an option. Jeffrey (an Engineer)
How would advice from a commercial third party be safer from being overruled by a senior planning officer than current pre-app advice?