smart growth uk


A Funny Sort Of Crisis

The blog by Nigel Pearce suggesting we rethink the language of planning set me thinking about the way we do indeed use, and misuse, language. Nigel was particularly scathing about misuse of words like growth and sustainable and he is right. I must admit the phrase that currently sets my teeth on edg...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 16 March 2018

Rethinking The Language Of Planning

In many spheres of human activity, the vocabulary used by insiders and then taken up by those looking in from the outside, tends to drift over time into a kind of linguistic fuzziness. It then needs renewal to restore rigour to the underlying concepts and to ensure accountability if the concepts bec...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 14 March 2018

Inter-varsity Mismatch

The rivalry between the ancient universities of Oxford and Cambridge has given us many spectacles like the Boat Race and varsity cricket or rugby matches, but the two have more in common than their rivalry would suggest. That may one day include a belt of low-density petrolhead suburbia, stretching ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 01 March 2018

Wise Councils

One of the accusations you sometimes hear levelled at local authority members, or even officers, is that they have bowed to undue influence, or worse, to approve planning permissions or local plan allocations. Frankly, these days, it-apos-s quite easy to see why the public should think like that but...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 26 February 2018

A Five Billion Pound National Disgrace

Having watched the progressive degradation of Government policy on planning and transport in England over the past 15 years, I thought I was beyond being shocked. But a quick analysis of the Government announcement on its five billion quid Housing Infrastructure Fund left me speechless. Well, almost...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 04 February 2018

Transformational Dreams

Thanks to a quirky coincidence, I was in a small town in the north of England when Transport for the North launched its Strategic Transport Plan, setting out its aspirations for what it grandly called transformational growth over the next third of a century. Well, quite a lot of the north is in need...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 21 January 2018


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