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



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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.”

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

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.