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A Critical Moment For Climate Change

We environmentalists are usually better at dishing out criticism than taking it, but that may have to change now issues like climate change are shooting up the political agenda. Whether this last week does prove to be a turning point in governments, businesses and ordinary folk accepting the challen...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 20 April 2019

The Vision Thing

Planners are sensitive folk, hardly surprising given the abuse they get in their everyday work and the 15 year onslaught on the practice in England by Whitehall. But more than a few planning feathers have been ruffled by an article by URBED director David Rudlin which argues that 72 years of the pla...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 12 April 2019

Opacity And Secrecy

Anyone who has followed the planning system in England over the past 15 years will be aware that central government has been slowly but surely strangling the rights of local planning authorities and citizens to make a meaningful contribution to the decision making process. Sadly this has cut across ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 04 April 2019

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Smart Growth America warning on tax cuts

Added on 05 December 2017

Smart Growth America has warned that the Senate&primes agreement to a revised US tax code will leave a 100 billion dollar hole in the country&rsquos public finances over the next decade and it will have to decide between ballooning deficits and cuts to housing, transport and community development.

SGA chief executive Geoff Anderson said the move threatens to make rural places, towns and cities of all sizes less competitive and less resilient in today&primes challenging economy. His organisation has long campaigned for reform of the code to remove incentives for urban sprawl but he said the Senate move is a massive wasted opportunity.

&PrimeWhen this tax package triggers 10 straight years of 100 billion dollar deficits you can bet that the programs that local communities depend upon most for their continued success will bear the brunt of those cuts,&Prime said Mr Anderson. &PrimeThey will be the ones picking up the tab for this monumental addition to the national debt.&Prime

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