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

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UK should still respect European green laws

Added on 02 September 2016

A group of 10 European environmental bodies has told European leaders that the EU must insist on full respect from the UK for its environmental acquis – its body of laws – both existing and future if it wants continued access to the single market.

The Green 10 group of environmental NGOs has written to the three EU presidents calling for a series of measures to be discussed the forthcoming informal EU-27 leaders’ summit in Bratislava. These include joint action on climate change, natural resources, ecosystems, biodiversity and health.

"The EU is at a crossroads," says the letter. "It can either continue on the current path of deregulation and ‘less Europe’ – a path which has clearly failed to convince citizens both in the UK and across the Union – or it can embark on something new, answering to the needs and aspirations of European citizens. On this new path, instead of focussing on promoting globalisation, the EU would direct its efforts towards managing its impacts on our planet and ensuring that all its citizens can live a good life, well within the planetary boundaries."

Green 10 says EU environmental laws have drastically improved the standard of living in Europe and need further tightening. It says a patchwork of national laws will serve no-one.

The group also calls for an end to current trade negotiations like CETA and TTIP which threaten sustainable development and a review of the Common Agricultural Policy. It wants firm greenhouse gas targets.

"As regards the future relationship with the UK, the EU must insist on the full respect for and participation in the EU’s environmental acquis, both existing and future, as a condition for full access to the single market," it says.

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