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Planning For The Futile

The planning white paper sets a new path for English planning but, sad to say, mostly over a cliff. It has certainly proved controversial. Many organisations, including Smart Growth UK, will now be finalising their responses. But the white paper has provoked one question no-one seems able to provide...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 21 October 2020

 

Objectives And Objectivity

If the proposals in the Government planning white paper are adopted, would they reduce or further entrench the structural bias already embedded in the planning system which favours land owners, developers and maximum financial returns over non-economic issues and precautionary principles? One of the...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 12 October 2020

 

Mutant Thinking

The news that the proposed change in the way the Government calculates the level of house building it will impose on local communities would see numbers rise by 178 percent in Cumbria and no less than 933 percent in rural Richmondshire should surprise no-one. Dubbed the -apos-mutant algorithm-apos-,...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 03 October 2020

 

Motorway Madness

If anyone now doubts that the climate emergency is taking hold faster than even pessimists expected, they should look beyond recent gloomy stories about trillions of tonnes of ice having melted in recent decades and the rapid failure of the Greenland ice cap. They should simply look out of the windo...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 25 August 2020

 

There May Be Trouble Ahead

I suppose I should be applying myself to the numbingly dreadful Planning White Paper, but we should not forget the other huge challenges ahead. The attempt to give house builders carte blanche to concrete our entire countryside is only one among several. The climate emergency is gathering pace and t...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 10 August 2020

 

A Resumption In Favour Of Sustainable Development

The bizarre obsession with house building that has seized the Treasury, and its subordinates in the rest of Whitehall, for nearly 20 years will be something for historians of British planning to pore over in amazement. If you want to be a winner in the Government numbers game, remember to shout out ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 29 July 2020

 

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/