Ian's Blog

Ian’s blog was born out of a need to ensure a) that should the reader not like what he says, we can blame it on him – and not the whole of Iceni (at least that’s what the lawyers told us to say), and b) if its drivel, it’s his drivel. Ian normally write about planning and development – albeit that’s not a given. Given the choice, he’d just as merrily espouse about football. It’s debatable what he knows least about…

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05/03/2021
A Hard Day’s Night
Way back in December ’19, when doing something remote from the office was a novelty and not a lock-down necessity, I decided to sleep out on the street in front of my house to bring attent... Read more
05/11/2020
A Very British Lock-Down…
Welcome to the first day of Lock-Down 2! Let’s face it, it’s going to be a hard act to follow. We’ve all heard the various allegories; the difficult second album, second-season syndr... Read more
09/09/2020
The threat of compromise
Beige. An insipid, non-descript colour that pleases nobody, but rarely offends. The doyen of property doer-uppers, who seek to create a ‘blank canvas’ for the next plucky occupier, rathe... Read more
20/03/2020
We’re thinking of you
Some of you would have read Peter Murray's evocative and powerful email earlier this week on behalf of the NLA. Like the NLA, Iceni are now fifteen years old.  Like the NLA, we officially o... Read more
09/12/2019
Baby its cold outside…
Saturday 7th December marked the Evening Standard and Crisis’ ‘The Big Sleepout’ in Trafalgar Square. Sufficiently inspired as we were to make a contribution to the cause, The Anderson... Read more
06/03/2019
Can ‘beds and sheds’ be the ...
Delivering houses should not just be a numbers game  The UK property industry will soon embark on their annual pilgrimage to the South of France, and as usual, residential development ... Read more
15/02/2019
He’s one of our own…
Declan Rice has finally announced that he is to commit his international future to England, having previously declared for Ireland. As a West Ham season ticket holder, I can say with confide... Read more