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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. The Treasury-apos-...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 24 February 2017

Petrolhead Paradise

Almost five years ago, the then deputy prime minister Nick Clegg offered a conference three alternative ways of meeting housing shortages. We could, he said, either condemn ourselves to damaging the countryside by haphazard urban sprawl, we could cram ever more people into cities, concreting over ga...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 16 February 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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