Party Time For Politicians
As you may have noticed from the wall-to-wall politics on your TV or in your newspaper, there are elections pending.
It would have been nice, of course, if all this coverage and interest were devoted to the forthcoming local elections, but it took a general election to get people widely engaged.
Posted by Jon Reeds on 27 April 2017
We Are The Moderates Now
We live at a time when our political and economic systems have become dangerously unstable.
Many of our political parties are in turmoil, the international situation is grave, demagoguery is replacing democracy. Growing numbers now question the neo-liberal economic system which has dominated for mor...
Posted by Jon Reeds on 18 April 2017
These Dangers Are Real And Threaten You!
The time may have come to stop pussyfooting around when we warn about the dangers of catastrophic climate change and let people know the real horrors that lie ahead.
With extreme weather events now almost a daily occurrence somewhere on the planet, Arctic sea ice melting at unprecedented rates and y...
Posted by Jon Reeds on 07 April 2017
A Garden Town Languishes
The news of insolvency problems at the vast sprawling Priors Hall Park development somewhere near Corby could be an early sign that the garden towns and garden villages project is already hitting trouble.
Part of the north Northamptonshire so-called garden town, Priors Hall and the other proposed ur...
Posted by Jon Reeds on 29 March 2017
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.
Posted by Jon Reeds on 24 February 2017
Below you can find some links to relevant partners, projects & campaigns
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
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
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.
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
Organisation which campaigns for a sustainable future for the English countryside. It highlights threats and promotes positive solutions.
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.
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.
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
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
An international body that provides information and campaigns about better public transport through trams, streetcars and light rail transit systems.
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
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
A US non-profit body that promotes development of rail-based urban transit.
Scottish Civic Trust
The Trust provides leadership and focus in the protection, enhancement and development of Scotland’s built environment.
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
A network created by the US Environmental Protection Agency and interest groups to promote smart growth.
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.