UK planning policy is only fit for an entirely wrong purpose

In 2019 Wyre Borough Council formally adopted its Local Plan(LP), in effect shaping and guiding significant development within the borough retrospectively from 2011, until 2031. Within the LP are the sites allocated for development, primarily for housing, but also for commercial uses. Where sites have been allocated the principal for development is therefore established and…

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Kitzbuehel: The Legend Lives On

A balmy evening on the Vorderstadt, with the yellow and salmon-pink fronted Hotel Tiefenbrunner dominating the background. A boiling hot Sunday, where only escape to the Schwarzsee or the highest reaches of the Kitzbueheler Horn afforded welcome respite. The aforementioned Schwarzsee. A view from the Kitzbueheler Horn towards the settlement of St. Johann, and its…

Abandoned hotels in the Alps: Why, despite their location, they are just as vulnerable to universal human frailties

I am struggling to decide whether it is either extremely difficult to define why empty buildings are so fascinating to those with no prior knowledge of their interiors, or incredibly straightforward. Therein lies the issue: are we drawn to abandoned edifices through what might lie beneath, or because of what we expect to find? Is…

Should they stay, or should they go? Several big questions to be answered this summer at Blackpool FC

It should not be forgotten that Blackpool's meteoric rise since being brought back from the brink by owner/custodian Simon Sadler has been achieved using a considerable number of players whose respective journeys through the divisions have been equally expeditious, if perhaps more hasty than originally planned. After the dust has settled on what was a…

This season the Championship is a paper tiger; will Blackpool F.C. feel they should have done even better?

When Kenny Dougall's two goals at Wembley nine months ago sent Blackpool back to the Championship a lot sooner than Head Coach Neil Critchley and owner Simon Sadler could have anticipated, the reality of (re)joining what has become a Premier League 2.0/Premier League-lite immediately dawned on all with tangerine in their hearts. Dialling back nearly…

Wildschoenau: what I miss, and why I may never return

Wildschoenau: Wild and Beautiful. This Tirolean high valley has much to live up to, and delivers in digger-sized buckets. It is though the use of the aforementioned construction apparatus that is slowly dragging the valley back into the pack, from its once nonpareil position of being perfectly formed and relatively untouched by human intervention. It…

A personal odyssey within western Shropshire and Mid-Wales

Shrewsbury Castle & Shropshire Regimental Museum Picturesque side streets of Shrewsbury The remaining features of the 11th century Clun Castle. The more manorial 13th century Stokesay Castle Bucolic examples of Shropshire countryside straight from the pages of A. E. Housman's A Shropshire Lad Welshpool's Powis Castle, gardens, and surroundings The Powys-based, man-made, and almost Bohinj-like…

Kobla ski resort must seek relevance and a realistic rebirth

It is several years, perhaps half a decade ago, since I last wrote about the proposed Bohinj 2864 ski centre, an ambitious project to not only reactivate the redundant Kobla 'resort' above Bohinjska Bistrica, but to develop it into a Tirol-type winter sports' destination that are ten-a-penny in neighbouring Austria. Slovenia has never sought to…

Hotel Zlatorog: Decline, fall, and rebirth

The imminent demolition of Bohinj's iconic Hotel Zlatorog is now the best and realistically only course of action available to an ailing edifice left to wither on the vine by its previous owner. Once favoured by Marshal Tito as a bucolic setting in which to receive fellow Non-Aligned and Communist leaders when Slovenia formed the…