smart growth uk


Greenfield Every Time

Green belts are much in the news at the moment as campaigners all over the country strive to protect them from the tsunami of unwanted and unnecessary low-density development being forced on them. But despite this gathering tide of public opinion, you still see Sprawl Lobby practitioners moaning tha...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 13 March 2017

The Fourteen Year Itch

There is quite an irony in the decision to call the housing white paper Fixing Our Broken Housing Market. It was with that very objective in mind that HM Treasury, no less than 14 years ago, began its assault on the planning system and the environment that has so damaged our land. The Treasury-apos-...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 24 February 2017

Petrolhead Paradise

Almost five years ago, the then deputy prime minister Nick Clegg offered a conference three alternative ways of meeting housing shortages. We could, he said, either condemn ourselves to damaging the countryside by haphazard urban sprawl, we could cram ever more people into cities, concreting over ga...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 16 February 2017

Fixing Our Broken Planning

The clue, of course, is in the name. To call the housing white paper Fixing Our Broken Housing Market presupposes that all that is broken is market housing, when there is an even bigger challenge to be faced in social housing. But there we are, that is politics for you. The white paper on housing in...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 08 February 2017

Old News

One wonders if the authors of the imminent white paper on English housing have read the new Royal Town Planning Institute planning practice note on dementia and town planning. The Institute argues planning needs to play a much bigger role in creating dementia-friendly communities so those afflicted ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 05 February 2017

A Built Environment Awash With Mediocrity

Architects like to write their signatures across our environment with their buildings. Sometimes this results in great buildings and sometimes in great eyesores. But all too often the result is a mediocrity produced by their clients demanding cheapness and other design professionals imposing limits....

Posted by Jon Reeds on 28 January 2017


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