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Take Out The Trash Day at the end of the Parliamentary sitting seems to have been pretty productive this year for those bits of Whitehall determined to cover England with car-dependent sprawl. It was more than just the NPPF that got slipped out. Among the many things which crept quietly out of the M...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 08 August 2018

Take Out The Trash Day

The last day before the Parliamentary summer recess is traditionally known in Whitehall as Take Out the Trash Day. You know, the day when they dump a vast amount of unpopular stuff in the public domain and scuttle off on their holidays before anyone can cry foul. The new English National Planning Po...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 27 July 2018

National Planning Policy Shame Work

Slipping out the new English National Planning Policy Statement in a written statement on the day before the summer recess as if he were ashamed of it, secretary of state James Brokenshire was at least clear about his motives. The new NPPF, he said, is fundamental to strengthening communities and to...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 25 July 2018

National Infrastructure Anomalies

Planning how to spend 179 billion pounds is a challenge few of us ever have to face apart, of course, from those who happen to be manager of Real Madrid. Football may be dominating national discourse just at the moment, but Tuesday saw more than just the 100th birthday of the RAF and a World Cup sem...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 11 July 2018

Chemical Warfare

As you may have heard, this last week has been National Insect Week and the alarms are ringing ever more loudly warning that UK insects are in big trouble. And, as thoughtful people, you will also know that means big trouble for us humans. We can pretty well all provide anecdotal evidence about this...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 29 June 2018

Yours Cynically

Lifting the stone of official secrecy to see what is scuttling about underneath is always a rewarding process and the emails published by the Manchester Evening News are a case in point. They reveal an email trail between civil servants which show the Government knew three years ago it would be clos...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 23 June 2018

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