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Greenfield Sites Have High Environmental Value Too

Over the years Wildlife and Countryside Link has provided a great way of joining environmental voices together and also mediating in those cases where countryside and wildlife protection come into conflict. So it can only be a matter of great regret that it has, once again, decided to take sides in ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 18 September 2017

Fixing Our Brokered Housing Market

The grandly named new Government policy for Planning for the Right Homes in the Right Places raises far more questions than answers, but the big one ministers will be asking is whether it will head off hostility from the rank-and-file at the upcoming party conference. Certainly the new methodology h...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 16 September 2017

Forever, For Everyone

Defending the environment for everyone, forever, is a pretty big ambition but that, at its most basic, is what sustainability means. But challenges do not come any bigger than promising things to everyone, forever. That ambition is, of course, what drives the National Trust and has done for more tha...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 10 September 2017

Location, Location

Forthcoming building works at the Palace of Westminster have prompted many commentators to propose relocating Parliament, temporarily or permanently, somewhere its inhabitants would have to face some of the very real problems other parts of the UK endure. Where it would go is a bigger issue. Scotlan...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 06 September 2017


I got a bit of criticism a few years back for comparing, in my book, the New Labour Sustainable Communities Plan to what Voltaire said about the Holy Roman Empire. You know, it was neither holy, nor Roman, nor indeed an empire. I fear much the same is true over the concept of Objectively Assessed Ne...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 04 September 2017

There Is A Cure For The Summertime Blues

It could be something of a relief to hear that the Government has decided not to rush into announcing changes on assessing local housing need in England. Just four weeks ago, communities secretary Sajid Javid said the plans would be announced in July. Then, after some daft ideas were floated in symp...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 03 August 2017


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