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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

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Bill should support rural buses say campaigners

Added on 17 September 2016

Sustainable transport campaigners have called for new measures to ensure the Bus Services Bill helps rural areas as well as urban.
The Bill is currently before the Lords and will go to the Commons shortly.
But, while it contains measures to help towns and cities, the Campaign for Better Transport says it does little for rural services and it wants a raft of measures added.
It says councils should carry out local public transport assessemtns of need in their areas as service cuts are often considered in isolation, cutting off whole communities.
The Campaign says the new Total Transport approach should be rolled out, combining budgets to give better and more efficient services.
It says trials ongoing since last year should be widened so all councils can get the best out of limited resources.
Improved funding is needed, it says, and the Bill should make provision for financial support as well as new powers.
campaign chief executive Stephen Joseph said public transport cuts can have devastating impacts in rural areas.
People lacking access to a car rely on buses to get to school, hospital, friends or shops and cutting them can leave villages completely isolated.

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