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Predict And Arrive

I was recently challenged to produce a plan for building five million homes in over the next 50 years. My initial reaction was to react like the apocryphal bloke in deepest rural Ireland who, asked by a passing motorist the way to Limerick, replied that if he were going to Limerick, he wouldn-apos-t...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 20 November 2017

 

Affordability And Need

One of the big arguments put forward for the huge greenfield housing developments now being imposed by central government is that they would deliver so many homes they would lower house prices, and maybe even rents. The latest addition to this canon comes from the Royal Town Planning Institute which...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 08 November 2017

 

A Guide To The Greed Belt

A guide to green belts to address common misunderstandings is long overdue, but an organisation set up with the specific purpose of building more houses is not the body to provide it. In fact it is pretty much the worst possible author of such a publication. So I approached the Housing and Finance I...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 29 October 2017

 

Winners, Losers And Litigants

Last week I wondered in this blog if the Government proposals for assessing what it chose to call housing need would provoke endless legal challenges. I was challenged myself, though mercifully not in the courts, by someone who pointed out there would be no danger of this as the consultation paper p...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 16 October 2017

 

Congestion, Capacity, Carbon, Confusion

Congestion, Capacity, Carbon are the priorities for national infrastructure. Or so the new National Infrastructure Commission report says. I think one could add another issue that needs to be addressed. Confusion. The Consultation on a National Infrastructure Assessment launched by the National Infr...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 13 October 2017

 

Bring On The Lawyers

Lawyer-led planning is probably not something anyone would want. But that could be the way we are heading. As our report this year demonstrated, Garden Towns and Garden Villages are neither towns nor villages. They tend to be low-density, car-dependent suburbs, unwanted by anyone except their develo...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 11 October 2017

 

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/