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Dommy Nation

Back in December, this blog predicted the Government is about to launch a fresh onslaught on the planning system in England, with the aim of stripping local planning authorities of any remaining powers to control house building. This was no piece of clairvoyance on my part or because I-apos-d hacked...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 21 February 2020

 

High-megalomania Rail

There is something about the open countryside between Aylesbury and Rugby that brings out the megalomania in railway promoters. In the 1890s it was the chairman of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway, Edward Watkin, who promoted a fast, high-capacity main line south through Nottingham...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 12 February 2020

 

Prepare To Defend The Environment

Action stations. The Government is preparing to launch a major onslaught on the planning system in England. On Monday, the Policy Exchange think-tank, long an advocate of bashing up the planning system, published a report called Rethinking the Planning System for the 21st Century. The
Posted by Jon Reeds on 28 January 2020

 

Ebenezer Howard Versus Garden Communities

For a long time now, I have had an uneasy relationship with the late Sir Ebenezer Howard. He was, without doubt, a remarkable man, whose ideas have spread around the world. He disproves Shakespeare-apos-s belief about the evil that men do living after them, while the good is oft interred with their ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 15 January 2020

 

Augean Stables

I suppose if I had just returned from a long and lonesome space voyage to Mars, I would be delighted to discover the Government is planning to spend around a hundred billion pounds or so on rail investment in England. But, as we all know, although that cash could pay for many high priorities like li...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 14 January 2020

 

A Happy And Smart New Year To You All

The Queen was perfectly accurate in her assessment that it may have felt quite bumpy at times this year. It certainly did. It was, after all, a year which saw the Brexit debate come to a head and an extremely divisive general election. It saw conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere take even ugli...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 31 December 2019

 

RECOMMENDED LINKS

Below you can find some links to relevant partners, projects & campaigns

APRS Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland
The Association promotes the care of all Scotland’s rural landscapes and encouraging sustainable development in rural Scotland

http://www.ruralscotland.btck.co.uk

ASHTAV Association of Small Historic Towns and Villages of the United Kingdom
The Association works to unite amenity and civic societies, parish and own councils in small historic towns and villages throughout Britain. It encourages the preservation of beauty, distinctiveness, social fabric and vitality of our historic towns and high standards of architecture and planning so that new developments respect the existing built environment.
http://www.ashtav.org.uk

Campaign For Better Transport Campaign For Better Transport
UK charitable body that works nationally and locally, collectively and as individuals, through high-level lobbying and strong public campaigning, to make good transport ideas a reality and stop bad ones from happening.

http://www.bettertransport.org.uk

CPRW Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales
The Campaign aims to secure the protection and enhancement of the diverse landscapes and environment of Wales.

http://www.cprw.org.uk

Campaign to Protect Rural England Campaign to Protect Rural England
Organisation which campaigns for a sustainable future for the English countryside. It highlights threats and promotes positive solutions.

http://www.cpre.org.uk

CIWEM Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
The Institution is an independent, chartered, professional body with an integrated approach to environmental, social and cultural issues.

Civic Trust for Wales The Civic Trust for Wales
The Trust promotes civic pride as a means to improving the quality of life and encourages community action, good design, sustainable development and respect for the built environment amongst people of all ages.

http://www.civictrustwales.org

Civic Voice Civic Voice
The national charity for the civic movement in England. It aims to make places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive and to promote civic pride.

http://www.civicvoice.org.uk/

The Empty Homes Campaign The Empty Homes Campaign
An independent, campaigning charity which exists to highlight the waste of empty property in England and works with others to devise and promote sustainable solutions to bring empty property back into use.

http://www.emptyhomes.com

Light Rail Transit Association Light Rail Transit Association
An international body that provides information and campaigns about better public transport through trams, streetcars and light rail transit systems.

http://www.lrta.org

New Economics Foundation New Economics Foundation
NEF is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. It aims to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues.
http://www.neweconomics.org

North Of England Civic Trust North Of England Civic Trust
The Trust is active in conservation and regeneration across the North East of England, North Yorkshire and Cumbria as a civic trust, as a building preservation trust and as a consultancy.

http://www.nect.org.uk

Center for Transit Oriented Development Center for Transit Oriented Development
A US non-profit body that promotes development of rail-based urban transit.

http://www.reconnectingamerica.org

Scottish Civic Trust Scottish Civic Trust
The Trust provides leadership and focus in the protection, enhancement and development of Scotland’s built environment.

http://www.scottishcivictrust.org.uk

Smart Growth America Smart Growth America
A US “coalition of national, state and local organizations working to improve the ways we plan and build the towns, cities and metro areas we call home.”

http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org

Smart Growth Network Smart Growth Network
A network created by the US Environmental Protection Agency and interest groups to promote smart growth.

http://www.smartgrowth.org

USPC Ulster Society for Protection of the Countryside
The Society exists to safeguard the amenities of Northern Ireland and do everything possible to protect and enhance its beauty for our own and future generations.

http://www.uspc.org.uk/