Nazir: The national agenda needs direction

COMMENT: The way we plan and develop our towns and cities is about to undergo a fundamental change. We need a clear trajectory for national infrastructure, a response to climate change, plans for skills and training, and a mechanism to address our country's affordable housing shortage. These are just some of the headlines, and they emphasise that in all areas we need to be planning and acting on them now. For starters, the recent announcements in relation to HS2 are not helpful. Regardless of the narrative, HS2 – and by this I mean the whole network connecting north to south